Billie Andy Jones

Tamassee, SC– Billie Andy Jones, 84, husband of the late Ruth Holland Jones, of 9449 N. Highway 11, Tamassee, passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at his home.   A native of Tamassee, SC, Mr. Jones was the son of the late J.D. and Eva Ovaline Orr Jones. He was the owner and operator of Jones’s Service Station and […]

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Wildfires raise drought concern

Thirty-four of South Carolina’s 46 counties were categorized yesterday as “Incipient Drought” counties.  Oconee, and the rest of the Upstate, is not included.  Oconee, Pickens, Anderson and the rest of Upstate counties are considered normal rainfall counties of late.  Incipient Drought is the first level of drought followed by Moderate, Severe, and Extreme.  According to the state Drought Response Committee, […]

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What a Walhalla Greenway will resemble

A two-hour event at the Walhalla Depot allowed interested members of the public to see how the sides of a major thoroughfare will be adapted to walkers and bicyclists.  The long-talked about Walhalla Greenway along North and South Broad streets is on the drawing board and being prepared to bid to contractors for first phase construction.  The display of the […]

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Man charged in sex offense at Seneca

Chief Deputy Kevin Davis of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is ongoing into an incident in which a man at Seneca allegedly exposed himself to a youngster.  The arrest of Adam Lane Wheeler, 32 years old, took place Wednesday.  According to Davis, the accused is charged in a warrant with exposure of private parts in a lewd manner.

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Names for Stumphouse Tunnel Park trails

The Palmetto Conservation Foundation has asked Walhalla to approve names for the revised map of the city’s Stumphouse Tunnel Park.  In an email to Brandon Burton, city administrator, the Palmetto Trail regional coordinator Rob Achenburg said the new names are “Blue Wall” for the gold loop trail, “Tunnel Vision” for the purple boundary trail and “Rattlesnake” for the black flow […]

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Gravel race this Saturday

From Walhalla to northern Oconee is considered prime for mountain bike riding.  What’s called the Southeast Gravel Race to Valhalla takes place this Saturday (July 10).  Expectations are that more 350 riders will depart from the James M. Brown Elementary School on the Coffee Road and take a route that will cover Long Creek and sections of the Sumter National Forest.  […]

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Duncan: Biden harms U-S energy production

South Carolina’s 3rd District representative, Jeff Duncan, and a few of his Republican House colleagues believe Democrat Joe Biden made a reckless decision on his first day in office by rescinding a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project.  The latest is that Canada has failed to persuade the new U-S president to restore the permit.  Duncan co-chairs a group […]

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Gates to be tested at Hartwell Dam June 3

A spectacle that proves popular to the public returns next week at the Hartwell Dam near Hartwell, Georgia and Anderson, South Carolina.  Safety officials will test the spillway gates at the Hartwell Dam starting at 9:30 Thursday morning, June 3.  The test is required to ensure the gates work properly in the event that high water events require an emergency […]

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