“An opportunity with a private developer”

Oconee County apparently has an opportunity with a private developer interested in the Golden Corner Commerce Park in Fair Play. After an executive session, the county council last night authorized its administrator to proceed with negotiations. Administrator Scott Moulder declined to reveal specifics, but said the possibility arose as the result of the go ahead for a sewer service line […]

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The skinny on Streetscape

The showing of a 3-D concept video of how Streetscape might look in Walhalla generated questions and comments during a mayor and city council-sponsored meeting last night at the Depot. That video and opening remarks made by Mayor Danny Edwards elicited mostly favorable reaction by about 35 members of the public—including merchants and downtown building owners. The evening ended with […]

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Morreys get their audience at Pine Street

A Mountain Rest man and wife, critical of county government at this year’s budget hearing, got the audience they sought yesterday—a meeting with county officials that allowed them to make recommendations to improve government. When it comes to how tax dollars are spent for the public good, it was obvious at the start that John and Lyn Morrey share different […]

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Fallen hiker receives help

A hiker who apparently fell in the vicinity of the Keowee-Toxaway State Park in Pickens County received assistance during a search late yesterday afternoon. According to a report received, the hiker encountered trouble when he became dizzy and fell on the Nature Bridge Trail.

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Missing woman OK and safe

Oconee Sheriff’s Office has ended its search for a Salem woman reported missing and not heard from for three and a half weeks. Rudi Samya Murphy was reported missing by a daughter, who filed a report with deputies Monday afternoon. Jimmy Watt, office spokesman, quotes deputies as saying Murphy made contact with the daughter sometime yesterday to inform her that […]

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Chattooga fatality identified

Yesterday’s fatality in the Chattooga River near Sandy Ford has been identified this afternoon as Ralph Neal Head. The 64-year old Head lived in Madison, Georgia. Coroner Karl Addis ruled Head’s death an accidental freshwater drowning. His is the second drowning in the river in two months and the third since July of last year.

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Norton upholds earlier ruling

An Oconee magistrate has reaffirmed his earlier ruling. Those gaming machines seized recently by the state police from Oconee convenience stores are to be destroyed. Magistrate Blake Norton’s ruling was received in the mail today by Gruber Sires, attorney for the convenience store owners. Those businessmen were trying to recover the machines, but Norton’s ruling sides with the Attorney’s General […]

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Salem woman missing

Oconeee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help to find a Salem woman missing for more than three weeks. Rudi Samya Murphy, 44, of Alexander Road is a white female. According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Murphy’s daughter told deputies her mother was evicted from her last home and had been staying wherever she could. “The daughter also reported […]

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Cold case from 1987!

 The first-year administration of Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw draws attention today to a cold case that has remained unsolved for more than 25 years. It’s the case of a missing man—Jimmy Whitfield who, in 1987, received mail on a Route Three, Seneca address. According to Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Whitfield gathered some cash and other items and […]

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Long Creek authority’s perspective on community

When you sit on the grounds at a commercial river outfitter in Long Creek, you see people headed to and returning from riding the Chattooga. You also notice the popularity of zip rides through the tree lines. And you begin to realize the transformation of a small mountain community into something new. Even long-time Long Creek residents, sentimental for the […]

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