To mask or not to mask

Clemson City Council this week mandated wearing masks in public. Walhalla will require masks and temperature checks at city government meetings. Clemson University will require masks on campus.

Joining the fight

Habitat for Humanity of Oconee County is best known for building four or five affordable houses each year for low-income people who are willing to work with the group to construct a home of their own.

The power of talk

For the second day in a row, the news out of Walhalla has been good. On Wednesday, we praised the city for an emergency curfew Monday night that came after six arrests were made at Walhalla’s Confederate memorial. Not content to do the bare minimum, Walhalla is now forming a diversity committee. “Creating a diversity […]

Safety and free speech in Walhalla

The arrests of six “people that were not peaceful” Monday in Walhalla led the city to enact an emergency curfew after groups clashed over the city’s Confederate memorial. “We’ve had multiple encounters with people that were not peaceful,” Walhalla Police Chief Sean Brinson said. “We’re concerned for everyone’s safety, so we’re going to enact a […]

Not on today’s ballot, but always serving us

The members of Oconee County’s legislative delegation have worked hard for us … and we appreciate the effort.   Bill Sandifer has been at the center of a lot of storms that have affected our lives. Two days after a tornado tore through Seneca in April, Sandifer had S.C. Department of Insurance director Ray Farmer here […]

The Journal’s picks

Oconee County Council District 2 Matthew Durham v. Josh Roberts Josh Roberts is a teacher and an experienced public servant who will work hard for the residents of District 2; we strongly endorse Roberts in Tuesday’s primary. At the age of 26, Roberts was the mayor of West Union — the youngest mayor in South […]

George Floyd comes to Seneca

George Floyd, whose death in police custody a week ago touched off protests around the country, finally arrived in Oconee County on Monday. Floyd has no connection to this community that we know of. But on a hot afternoon in front of Seneca City Hall, about 75 people showed up to peacefully protest his death. […]

Neighbors are helping neighbors

Today, The Journal begins taking a closer look at the local companies that have signed up for Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a program that merges community donations and matching grants from the newspaper to assist local businesses. Over the next few days, we’ll take a closer look at the growing number of local businesses that have […]