New planned development at Clemson

The public has a chance early next month to weigh-in on a plan for 24.5 acres adjoining Clemson.  The city council holds a hearing 5:30 pm Tuesday, July 5 at city hall on C. Todd Kennedy’s proposal to annex five parcels near Lawrence Road and develop the acreage as a planned development of residential and commercial uses.  Kennedy’s application calls […]

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Graham issues statement on gun reform

The Senate last night took its first procedural vote on the first bi-partisan gun reform measure in years.  The bill would enhance background checks, give authorities up to 10 business days to review the juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers younger than 21, and pour federal dollars into helping states implement so-called red flag laws.  Senator Lindsey Graham, […]

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Moment of silence and dedication

  At the city administrator’s urging, Walhalla dedicated its new budget in the memory of the late Ricky O’Kelley, a valued water plant employee who died in 2021 from COVID-19.  A special moment of silence was observed during last night’s council meeting to remember a man who, according to City Administrator Brandon Burton, always had a story to tell and […]

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Lake Hartwell algae bloom

Discolored water and a funny smell are traced to Lake Hartwell water that the city of Lavonia, Georgia treats to retail to its customers.  But officials say Lavonia water users should not be afraid to drink the water.  The Lavonia city manager, Charles Cawthon, says algae blooms are a typical summer time event.  In recent years, algae blooms also have […]

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Amended Walhalla budget made final

  Those who write down Walhalla numbers may put away pencil and paper.  The city council reached final agreement on a new budget for the government year that starts July 1.  On an amendment, the budget received its final reading last night at city hall, with one objection.  First-term Councilman Keehn explained that, to keep true to his campaign planks, […]

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Oconee “a sitting duck” for developers

Fears of recession are real, but big trucks pulling heavy machinery continue up and down Oconee County roads, streets, and highways, and the local economy seems to be humming along.  One county resident thinks it’s time to pause new development.  Patsy Davis complained to the county council that the county has become a “sitting duck” for building on undeveloped land, […]

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Nuclear sirens to be tested next week

The outdoor warning sirens around Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested multiple times during the week of June 28. This testing is necessary to close out our recent upgrade project on the sirens. A select, limited number of sirens will be tested using both a short, 20-second test as well as longer three-minute tests. These tests will occur from June […]

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Wind turbine energy possibility

A state lawmaker says wind turbine energy is a possibility for South Carolina, but a feasibility study is required.  The House Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry, chaired by Seneca’s Bill Sandifer,  forwarded a bill calling for a financial impact study because there’s only one place in the state that would be conducive for wind turbines, and that’s 25 miles […]

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