Clemson U. reviving the Palmetto Poll

Clemson University will revive and modernize its Palmetto Poll by combining social media analytics with traditional polling methods in the statewide public opinion survey. Clemson faculty involved in the Palmetto Poll are gathering data from political conversation using the university’s Social Media Listening Center to inform polling activities around the 2020 Democratic primary and the 2020 Presidential election. The poll […]

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Utility upgrades ahead for Westminster

If there was an over-riding realization during discussions last night of what Westminster faces with its water and electric power services, it is that the city has a lot of work ahead of it. The concerns heard during last night’s city budget hearings are line losses of electricity and water line pipe leaks—both of which are costly to city government. […]

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Bloomberg, in the eyes of Bohannon

An analysis by the Washington Post regards Michael Bloomberg, one of the losers in last night’s debate in Las Vegas. Still the ultra rich former New York City mayor is becoming a force to contend to be the Democrats’ Presidential nominee. Oconee County resident and political follower Jim Bohannon this week gave his own analysis of Bloomberg. “We are testing […]

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Campaigners for Biden in Walhalla tomorrow

The Joe Biden campaign for President gets a boost tomorrow afternoon in Walhalla.  According to Steve Sperry, chairman of Oconee Democrats, both former Secretary of State John Kerry and Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, will greet the public at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon at the new headquarters of the county party, at 110 S. College Street, Walhalla.  The public is invited.

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Regional recognition for a veteran Oconee lawman

A 31-year member of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has been recognized by his counterparts in the tri-state area.  Lt. David Smith last week received the Phillip Peacock Tri-State President and the Corporate Investigator award during a meeting at Lake Toccoa, Georgia of fellow law enforcement officers from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.  The origins of the organization date back […]

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Walhalla student wins essay contest, advances

A 10th grader at Walhalla High School is the South Carolina winner in the VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition and will advance to national competition.  Olivia Lee competed with South Carolina students in grades 9-12 competition and won a $1 thousand scholarship.  The national winner can look forward to a scholarship worth $30 thousand.  She’s the daughter of Mark […]

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West-Oak Wins Appeal

The State newspaper is reporting that West-Oak High School won its final appeal today with the S.C. High School League to move from Region 1-3A to Region 1-2A for football only. However, as a trade-off for the appeal being granted, they won’t be eligible for the playoffs in 2020-2022 realignment.

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Anti-litter mural to hang at recreation complex

Walhalla’s elected leaders gave their blessings last night to a project by Keep Oconee Beautiful to help re-enforce the message that litter is harmful to the environment and to all people. The mayor and council approved the idea presented by KOBA’s Danielle Pankuch that placing a mural and its anti-litter message at Sertoma Field might cause those who frequent the […]

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Way cleared for new health clinic in Walhalla

A new health clinic operated by Clemson University’s Joseph L. Sullivan Center health facility should before long find a home in the old county health department building. The County Council on Tuesday approved spending up to $110,000 to refurbish and renovate the building at 200 Booker Drive in Walhalla, which will then be leased to the Sullivan Center. The clinic […]

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Life After Lockup grad lands county job

A new position at the Oconee rock quarry will reward a former county inmate who intends to go straight to work after his jail sentence. The County Council on Tuesday voted to create a new position at the rock quarry that is expected to be filled by one of two graduates of the Life After Lockup outreach program at the […]

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