Adjusting upward the next education spending

  Because of new action taken at the state capital, Oconee public schools are proposing higher spending than that which administrators projected as late as last week.  And it means that when county school officials carry their new budget request next week to the county council budget committee, proposed expenses in 2021-22 will total more than $106.7 million.  If the […]

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Two women arrested during Walhalla traffic stop

The police in Walhalla say one of their road officers discovered a gun and drugs when they conducted a traffic stop yesterday on E. Main Street near Moore Avenue.  Two women were arrested.  Law enforcement records show Littol Mali Green, 23, was charged with unlawful carrying of weapon and drug offenses; Michaela Lynn Hardin was charged with possession of controlled […]

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Why non-active power lines were put up

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative recently donated equipment, staff, and poles to put up two segments of non-active power lines at the Tall Pine Wildlife Management Area dove fields in northern Greenville County.  According to the DNR, power lines stretched across a dove field help both mourning doves and biologists.  The lines give the doves extra habitat and a place to […]

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Pickup truck flipped in Fair Play accident

A pickup truck left a street and hit a parked car this morning in Fair Play.  Chief Wilkerson of the community fire department said the accident on Hall Street near E. Fair Play Boulevard destroyed the car and left the pickup on its side.  The driver got out of the wreckage on his own and, according to Wilkerson, declined to […]

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Master plan update for Lake Hartwell

  Everyone who has interest in Lake Hartwell is invited by the federal government to take a look at proposed changes to the Corps of Engineers’ master plan for managing the recreational, environmental, land and wildlife aspects of the massive body of water.  The corps’ Savannah District is accepting public comments on the proposed changes until the noon hour May […]

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New business takes baby steps in Salem

Wilma Burton is making her good-tasting biscuits for the morning breakfast crowd, and she’s doing it in a new business in the heart of downtown Salem.  Where once Riley’s used to operate is now a 3-week old quick stop convenience store.  Mayor Lynn Towe this morning proudly announced that state clearance has been given for hot meals inside one of […]

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Oconee schools to “stay the course” with masks

Regardless of what Governor McMaster said yesterday, Oconee’s public schools will keep intact the requirement to wear masks in its classrooms and on its buses.  This afternoon Oconee School District acknowledged that the governor on yesterday said he believes the decision to wear masks should no longer be mandated by a school district.  Yet, according to the school district, McMaster […]

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“Nothing new” to explain I-85 death

After one year, the coroner says there’s “nothing new” to explain the circumstances of a Kentucky man killed apparently while walking on Interstate-85 in Oconee County.  It was a year ago that Coroner Karl Addis appealed to the public for any information that could help solve the death of Lanny Mest, 53 years old.  The body of Mest was found […]

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