ATLANTA OFFICIAL TO ADDRESS OCONEE NAACP

Atlanta, Georgia city councilman Michael Julian Bond will head to Oconee this weekend to speak at an event, sponsored by the Oconee Branch of the NAACP. Bond’s father, Julian Bond, was a civil rights activist and a leader in the movement. He’ll speak at 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon to the Oconee NAACP Branch 65th Annual Black History Tea. It’s a […]

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FIVE DAYS, FOUR NIGHTS IN THE BIG APPLE

A New York City concert promoter is drawing attention to a performance at Carnegie Hall this spring by the Walhalla High School choir. The choir, directed by Erin Phillips, has accepted an April 19 invitation to join other choristers for a choir of distinction. They are to be conducted by Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for the […]

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OCONEEAN AT WAR AGAINST “LEFT LANE LUCIES”

Oconee County’s Richard Cottingham is going to bat against careless, un-thinking drivers who fall into the category of what he calls “Left Lane Lucies.” Cottingham says, “Nothing is more frustrating than to be behind a left-lane Lucy who is holding up everybody. It is not only annoying, but it’s a serious safety issue as some drivers dangerously weave around the […]

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BROCK HEADED TO CONTRACT EXTENSION

Oconee County administrator Amanda Brock is headed toward an extension of her initial 18-month contract. County Council last nite voted unanimously to authorize Chairman Julian Davis to enter in negotiations with Brock for a new master employment agreement. The vote came after an executive session during which terms of the new agreement were discussed. These specifics of the new agreement […]

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AUDITOR WANTS BETTER INTERNAL CONTROLS

Walhalla’s outside auditor turned up shortcomings during his annual examination of the city’s financial records, but no criminality on the part of anyone. That was a point that the mayor stressed as he and the city council last night received the official audit covering the year 2018-19. And Mayor Danny Edwards’ observation was that what the auditor found lacking are […]

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FINAL APPROVAL OF SOLAR FARM DELAYED

A final vote by County Council on a solar energy farm planned for Oconee’s Golden Corner Commerce Park off S.C. 59 near Fair Play must wait until next month. Council held a hearing Tuesday on an ordinance creating a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the yet unnamed company, but delayed a final vote. The county attorney said the paperwork for the final […]

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HEAVY RAIN TUMBLES PART OF RETAINING WALL

Rain continues to fall in the Golden Corner, but it was last week’s drenching that did a number at the construction site of Walhalla’s new water plant. Scott Parris, utilities superintendent, displayed photographic evidence of the collapse of a section of a retaining wall between the main water plant building and Lake Keowee. Parris discussed with the mayor and council […]

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POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MATTHEW DURHAM

A Duke Energy worker who lives in Mountain Rest is entering the field of politics in Oconee County. Matthew Durham this morning announced he’ll offer as a Republican candidate this year for County Council Seat 2–the seat that Wayne McCall has held for 12 years. One of Durham’s platform planks is to conserve taxpayer’s money. As he put it, “to […]

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