Shooting Victim airlifted from Mtn Rest

A Blackhawk helicopter zipped east across the Walhalla sky late Tuesday afternoon, transporting an injured hiker for medical treatment. Oconee County Emergency Services responded to assist the injured 74-year-old hiker on the yellow branch trail off Highway 28 in Mountain Rest.  Response units from Special Rescue, Walhalla Rescue, Mountain Rest Rescue, Oconee County Emergency Services Staff, Station 21, Walhalla Fire, […]

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JRSA to hold permit, despite no immediate use

Scott Moulder and Bob Winchester have talked, and both agree there’s a need to hold onto a state permit—for which there is no immediate need. Winchester, executive director for the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority, announced at last night’s commissioners meeting that $800 dollars is being paid to DHEC to renew the land application treated wastewater permit. That permit was […]

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Libraries to line up for the new penny tax

Chairman Danny Day of the Oconee Library Board of Trustees says library projects countywide, not just one in Seneca, should be considered as beneficiaries of a one-cent local sales tax—in the event voters say yes during what’s expected to be a referendum one year from now. It’s not a matter of if the county libraries will apply, it’s a matter […]

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Walhalla invites water study proposals

Securing Walhalla’s source for water has been a top priority for a couple of the city’s mayors. Now Walhalla invites qualified engineering companies to submit proposals to study a new raw water source and plant upgrade or replacement. Scott Parris, Walhalla utilities director, says his city wants to hear from professional engineers as to what the city should do. According […]

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Case remains with plaintiffs’ side

A Trehel Corporation employee testified yesterday in the trial over the quality of work at a complex of Lake Keowee townhouses. John Folk’s testimony followed that of Derek Hodgin’s. A professional engineer, Hodgin was employed on behalf of Stoneledge homeowners to assess what’s needed to repair their townhomes. After a one-day break last Friday, the trial has entered its second […]

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Amid protests, project delayed

After meeting with protesters, Seneca’s utilities director says his city will wait one more week before starting work to convert a former school into the city’s new Light and Water complex. The first work begun yesterday morning came to an abrupt halt when protesters from neighborhood told workers to stop. “We didn’t know this was even going to happen. Everyone […]

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Three OC police chiefs attend statewide meet

Three municipal chiefs of police from Oconee County were in Myrtle Beach over the weekend for a conference meeting of the South Carolina Police Chiefs Association. Westminster Chief Dean Awalt said one of the conference speakers, the assistant police chief in Newtown, Connecticut imparted valuable information about how small town police departments can cope with fatal shootings in schools—such as […]

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Civil trial enters week two

After a one-day break Friday, the trial over the quality of work at a complex of Lake Keowee townhouses resumed today in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. In the first half of today, plaintiff’s witness Derek Hodgin completed his testimony. Hodgin was employed on behalf of Stoneledge homeowners to assess what needs to be done to fix their townhomes. A […]

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Work resumes on Clemson project

SC Department of Transportation has resumed work on the 133-123 intersection project at Clemson. Construction was delayed last year to allow for the design of what the DOT called unforeseen construction items related to the railroad detour track and permanent track alignment to construct a new bridge without impeding railroad operations. According to the DOT’s announcement, first estimates indicated the […]

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