A vulgar act of vandalism at the city pool

Security has been bolstered on the grounds of the Walhalla Swimming Pool  to avoid a repeat of a vandal’s act from about six weeks ago.  Someone painted vulgar words on the sidewalk.  Police Chief Sean Brinson says those vulgar words have since been removed, and there has been no repeat vandalism.  When asked by Mayor Edwards if they have developed […]

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House condemns Trump–Duncan says resolution is misplaced

Much along party lines, a House passed resolution condemns President Trump for what it considers racist comments directed toward four of its members.  Third District Rep. Jeff Duncan, Trump loyalist, said this about the resolution that chastises the President for his “go back” comment:  “What we witnessed today was pure, unapologetic Trump Derangement Syndrome.  The resolution vote was an effort,” […]

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Autopsies confirm the coroner’s suspicions

The coroner says autopsies yesterday showed the two Oconeeans who died in their home fire last weekend near Walhalla died of smoke and soot inhalation, along with thermal injuries, in Saturday night’s fire at 140 Hidden Valley Road in the Picket Post Community.  But, as the fire’s cause remains an open investigation, Coroner Karl Addis says his ruling on the […]

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Five-month detour comes to an end

As the clock struck 20 minutes past 7 last night, the South Carolina DOT re-opened a section of closed US 123, the Toccoa Highway.  Alan Adams, resident construction engineer, said, “There will  still be a few sporadic lane-shoulder closures due to some finishing touches and utility work, but for the most part everyone will be good to go.”  Good to […]

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Oconee to look at speeding up road repairs

It’s taking too long for the county to repair weather-damaged roads, District 2 County Councilmember Wayne McCall said Tuesday, and he wants to see the work done faster. His ideal, McCall said, is that within 30 days of a road or bridge being damaged, the bids for repairs are in and the work ready to start. Some Oconee County roads […]

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Oconee government building to get onsite security

The county administration complex will get its own Oconee County deputy sheriff on duty to beef up security. In pitching the new addition to the Pine Street offices County administrator Amanda Brock cited studies showing that a law enforcement officer onsite and a law enforcement vehicle parked outside decrease the likelihood of violence at a government building. The County Council […]

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Oconee to look at billboard moratorium

Does Oconee County have enough billboards? Or maybe too many? District 3 County Councilmember Paul Cain thinks so. At Cain’s instigation the County Council on Tuesday authorized county attorney David Root to research the legal implications of a moratorium on any new billboards. Root agreed with Council members Wayne McCall and Glenn Hart that the question involves complicated legal issues. […]

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Fair Play man allegedly mistreated canines

An elderly Fair Play man has been jailed in Oconee County on multiple charges of ill treatment of animals. Tyce Ronald Cobb, 71, of the Dobbins Bridge Road was arrested Monday afternoon on warrants signed by animal control officer Shaun Honea. Cobb is accused of depriving three-week old male and female mixed boxer canines of necessary sustenance and shelter by […]

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