Marijuana plants seized in Walhalla home

Oconee Sheriff’s Department announced drug charges this afternoon against a 52-year old Walhalla man. Working with Seneca and Walhalla police officers, county investigators say they seized money, weapons, and 67 marijuana plants yesterday from the Country Acres Road home of David Scott Foster. Investigators ascribe a street value of the marijuana seized as more than $134 thousand. Foster faces charges […]

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Committee OKs three Graham amendments

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed three amendments introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham, according to the Washington office of the South Carolina Republican from Oconee County. The committee yesterday accepted Graham’s amendments to a bi-partisan immigration bill. They require additional background checks on aliens petitioning for legal status from countries or regions deemed threats to U-S security. Another would terminate an […]

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E-coli linked to Georgia restaurant

As many as 11 cases of E-coli are confirmed—10 of which are linked to a restaurant in Toccoa, Georgia. WNEG Radio at Toccoa quotes an e-mail statement from a district health spokesman as saying 10 Georgia residents and one South Carolinian have been confirmed as having a strain of E-coli. That spokesman, Dave Palmer, says 10 of the 11 patients […]

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Something tangible to show for it all

Seneca’s mayor pro-tem says he appreciates his city’s need to pay now to invest for the future, but he issued a warning last night to his colleagues. Ronnie O’Kelley said, in considering Seneca’s intent to float bonds to help pay for the improvement, it ought to add a project for which Senecans can easily see the benefit. And that’s the […]

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Up, up go Seneca fees and taxes

Mayor Dan Alexander cautioned Seneca City Council last night that his proposed new budgets would be “definitely different.” His Honor was not exaggerating. To allow Seneca to undertake major utility projects and strengthen its public safety departments, Alexander announced proposed budgets exceeding $45 million dollars for all purposes. He proposed new revenues in the form of a three-mill property tax […]

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WHS project GMP finalized

Oconee school trustees agreed last night to allocate nearly $54.5 million for the new Walhalla High School—about $4.5 million above original projections. The guaranteed maximum price will cover the academic buildings and athletic facilities, including a football stadium but excluding tennis courts. Official ground was broken on the graded site on SC 11 in Picket Post preceding last night’s GMP […]

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Trustees settle on library spot

A location near a busy Seneca intersection is the Oconee Library Board of Trustees’ preferred choice to build a new city library. The Anderson Independent-Mail quotes board chairman Danny Day as saying a pitch is to be made for property at 123 and 130—across from a new Hampton Inn and Suites. And Day says the trustees will present that choice […]

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Cheney would like decision tonight

The Oconee County library director would like his board of trustees to put to rest tonight a decision on where to build the replacement Seneca library. The trustees are meeting at 5:30 this evening at the Westminster Library, but Library Director Phillip Cheney isn’t sure if the decision will be made tonight, as several members of the board are still […]

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Keowee 100th: a fun time

Old model cars, inflatables for kids, and food. Saturday’s event to mark 100 years of Keowee community’s public school offered a lot to everyone. School alumni enjoyed browsing old yearbooks and renewing friendships. From her vantage point Saturday, as a 13-year classroom teacher in the community, Andrea Alewine expressed pride to 96.3/WGOG NEWS that her school, although small, is an […]

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Today’s Rotary speaker

Greg Stewart today will share with Walhalla Rotary members what it has been like to be on the job 25 years with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services. Stewart, the agent-in-charge in Oconee and acting agent-in-charge in Greenville, will discuss what the agency does surrounding offender supervision and how sex offenders are supervised in Oconee County.

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