Lawmaker speaks on cyber attack

  Hurricane Sandy is devastating parts of the mid Atlantic and Northeast. In South Carolina, the attacker is far more sinister. It’s that cyber attack that has left hundreds of thousands of state residents worried they could become victims of identity theft. State Representative Bill Whitmire, Walhalla Republican, says he and the entire county delegation are concerned, and he has […]

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Spiffy, clean look at Walhalla Middle

Thanks to its custodians and others, Walhalla Middle School always sports a clean look, according to its principal, Scott Dixon. Today, however, the approximate 35-year old school building looked especially good, perhaps, in anticipation of a special visitor. Dixon was among a group at the front door this morning to welcome the state’s first-term superintendent of education. Dr. Mick Zais […]

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Superstorm Sandy slams Northeast

Superstorm Sandy surged inland late Monday, hitting the New Jersey shore and New York Harbor with incredible force, killing at least 10 people, plunging more than 7 million others into darkness and crippling transportation with historic flooding across a huge swath of the East Coast. The mammoth storm began breaking up as it hit the New Jersey shore Monday evening […]

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Breaking ground for final phase

A hospice home is where the terminally ill go for their last days. As word spreads and the population grows, the Oconee Hospice of the Foothills anticipates a need for more patient rooms. At 10 tomorrow morning, ground will be broken for the third and final phase of the Cottingham House. And officials say they can anticipate that generous giving […]

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Gold for green at CU

Clemson University’s Lee Hall III academic building has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U-S Green Building Council. Lee III is a 56,000-square-foot expansion of the original Lee Hall, the home of the School of Design and Building and the department of art. It is zero-energy-ready, designed to offset its energy expenditure by producing as much energy as it […]

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Bear encounters near Cashiers

The Forest Service is discouraging people from backcountry camping and from bringing food into the Panthertown Valley area of the Nantahala National Forest, following several bear encounters. The area is northeast of Cashiers, North Carolina. If visitors choose to camp in the Panthertown area, they should camp in areas that are used infrequently. Three separate incidents of bear encounters occurred […]

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JRSA resolution at Seneca tonight

On the agenda for a meeting tonight at Seneca City Hall is a resolution for the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority. The city council will meet for a work session at 6, followed by a special meeting. Last night, during a sewer authority committee meeting, members expressed uncertainty as to any official reaction by their member cities as to the […]

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OSD to welcome Zais today

Oconee School District plans to welcome Dr. Mick Zais, state superintendent, during a visit by Zais today to three county schools. The visits are planned this morning at Tamassee-Salem Elementary and Walhalla Middle School. Zais’s final stop will be the Hamilton Career Center, where the school district will treat the state’s education leader to lunch in center’s Considerate Café.

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Chase suspect perishes in wreck

A police chase that began in Walhalla ended minutes later and miles from town in the death of the man being chased. Coroner Karl Addis said Cleve Phillips of Pitts Road, Walhalla died when he lost control of his pickup truck on the gravel portion of Oconee Station Road, struck an embankment and overturned. Phillips was 68 years old. At […]

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UPDATE on cyber attack

Governor Nikki Haley today updated what South Carolina is doing to combat the major cyber attack in which someone was able to access files of the Department of Revenue that include Social Security numbers and financial information of more than three and half million state residents. Haley says since Friday and the first public announcement of the cyber attack on […]

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