Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Multiple Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Charges

44 year-old Danny Ray Burdette of Seneca was arrested by Oconee County Sheriff’s Deputies late in the afternoon of Friday, February 14th on charges stemming from an investigation that began last year. Burdette has been charged with multiple counts of first, second and third degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and one count of Kidnapping. Sheriff’s Investigators said that […]

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Palmetto Poll at Clemson to Utilize Social Media Analytics in Advance of 2020 Democratic Primary, General Election

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson University will revive and modernize its Palmetto Poll by combining social media analytics with traditional polling methods in the statewide public opinion survey. Clemson faculty involved in the Palmetto Poll are already gathering data from political conversation using the university’s Social Media Listening Center in order to inform polling activities around the 2020 Democratic primary and the 2020 presidential election. 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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WAY CLEARED FOR NEW HEALTH CLINIC IN WALHALLA

A new health clinic operated by Clemson University’s Joseph L. Sullivan Center health facility should before long find a home in the old county health department building. The County Council on Tuesday approved spending up to $110,000 to refurbish and renovate the building at 200 Booker Drive in Walhalla, which will then be leased to the Sullivan Center. The clinic […]

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