Making a splash!

May 30, 2020

Walhalla pool set to open Monday By Norm Cannada The Journal WALHALLA — The Walhalla pool’s summer season is set to begin next week with some new procedures in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. City recreation director John Galbreath said Friday the pool is scheduled to be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. […]

Police: Woman had nearly 450 grams of meth

The Journal staff WALHALLA — A 55-year-old Salem woman was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they found roughly 450 grams of narcotics in her vehicle Thursday. Mamie Jane Black, of Whitewater Falls Road, is charged with trafficking more than 400 grams of meth. She was in custody at the […]

Teen charged with burglary, domestic violence

May 29, 2020

The Journal staff SENECA — A 19-year-old Westminster man was charged this week in an April incident where police allege he broke into a home and pushed a woman multiple times. Anthony Xavier Palacios, of North Bibb Street, is charged with third-degree domestic violence, second-degree burglary and petit larceny. He was arrested and released on […]

Oconee sees slight jump in unemployment filings

By Riley Morningstar The Journal SENECA — Another 340 Oconee County residents filed their first unemployment claims last week, as more than 40 million Americans have lost their job since the COVID-19 pandemic began. More than 7,000 claims have been filed in Oconee County since the week ending March 21, according to the S.C. Department […]

Seneca Light and Water to reinstate penalties

The Journal staff SENECA — Seneca Light and Water is beginning a two-step process to reinstate normal customer late fees and non-payment penalties. Late fees and disconnections for non-payment have been waived since March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also has helped those affected by the EF3 tornado that rocked the community April 13. […]

Westminster budget keeps meter fee to try to increase police protection

By Riley Morningstar The Journal WESTMINSTER — Westminster has voted to keep its monthly utility meter fee to beef up its depleted police force and fund water projects after its latest budget meeting. In 2015, Westminster instituted a $7 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) fee to be added to all metered customers’ monthly bills for five […]

Storage facility denied variance

A two-and-a-half-hour meeting with more than 20 property owners speaking out about a proposed self-storage facility in Seneca ultimately saw denial of the application to build the commercial project in the lake overlay.