Tourism to be the focus

Tourism will be the focus for a meeting next week of the Oconee Municipal Association. Ken Sloan, executive director of the Mountain Lakes CVB, will speak to a meeting of the county’s municipal leaders. Walhalla Mayor Danny Edwards says that meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, August 27 at the Walhalla Depot.

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Man charged with Westminster crimes

The Westminster Police Department is releasing details of the apprehension of a young man in a case of car break-ins in a residential area of the city. Mike Crenshaw, interim chief, said his officers were called Friday morning to homes on Gaston Circle and charged Joshua Merrill Nix, 21, of Horseshoe Lane, Walhalla with larceny and breaking into motor vehicle.

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Westminster agenda set

The agenda is set for tomorrow’s 5:30 p.m. meeting of the Westminster City council at the Depot. Business includes supplemental liability insurance and changes to the animal and hospitality tax ordinances. Meetings tonight include Oconee School Board and the Oconee Planning Commission. Both meet at regular locations at 6.

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The Duke assessment anticipated

Some time this week the Oconee County auditor hopes to have the figures with which he’ll be able to estimate this year’s Duke Energy tax bill. By far, Duke remains Oconee’s largest taxpayer. County Auditor Ken Nix will be looking for the 2012 Duke assessment as reported by the State Department of revenue. And once he has it, he’ll be […]

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Public school year begins tomorrow

One day of summer freedom is all that remains for Oconee public school children. Approximately, 10 thousand Oconee children will make their way to the start of class tomorrow—by foot, by car, by bus. Last year’s day one enrollment was 10, 391. Dr. Mike Lucas, county superintendent, expresses excitement for the start of a new year and he believes the […]

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Non-profits may apply

The application process has begun for funds to be made available by next year’s Foothills Gala. Upstate non-profits may apply online or by contacting Cindy Swafford, the executive director. The deadline for applications is October 1 and charities selected will be notified nine days later. Successful charities are to receive money from annual “Diamonds & Denim” fundraiser February 23 at […]

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Westminster car break-ins

The police in Westminster placed a young man in investigative detention as they responded on Friday to at least three car-breaks on Gaston Circle. The police report that items stolen in the break-ins included a camera, a GPS device, coins, a flashlight, a pocket knife, and a pack of cigarettes. Some of the stolen items have been recovered.  

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Three stars for the FFA

Walhalla’s FFA Chapter is now a three-star winner. The National FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, recently selected the Walhalla chapter from a pool of more than 650 candidates nationwide. The three-star rating is the highest level of accomplishment a chapter may achieve. As part of the application process, Walhalla FFA showcased an active involvement with the […]

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River adventurers found safe

Three family members were described as cold and hungry, but safe from their overnight ordeal on the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River. A spokesman for Oconee responders says the three were found yesterday, overdue from their Saturday night river adventure. Concern mounted when the trio were overdue after having set in at the Low Water Bridge S.C. 28 area and […]

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College scholarships

The Oconee County Class of 2012 earned $18.2 million in college scholarships. The number represents two-year scholarship values for technical colleges and two-year schools, and four-year totals for four-year colleges and universities. Since the state began tracking the information, the collective statewide 2012 class was the first group to earn more than $1 billion worth of college scholarships.  

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