Road rage investigation leads to arrest

Gabino Steven Moranchel

A West Union man faces the charge of pointing and presenting a firearm at a person.  It’s a result of an Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigation, with the help of the Seneca police.  The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest yesterday of Gabino Steven Moranchel (left).  On August 4 a call about road rage sent a deputy to the area of Miracle […]

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Pickens County road closing — expect detour

  Intersection improvements will require the temporary closing of a state secondary in Pickens County.  The work being done is at SC 183/the Farr’s Bridge Road and secondary 305-the Jim Hunt Road and will require the closing of the Jim Hunt Road for about three weeks—starting Wednesday, August 31.  Jim Hunt Road will be closed from SC-183 (Farrs Bridge Road) […]

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11-year prison sentence handed down

Charges of domestic violence high and aggravated and failure to stop for a blue light were disposed of when a defendant pleaded guilty this morning in the Oconee General Sessions Court.  The cases against James Bradley Moody had been listed for a trial, but that changed when Moody entered the plea.  Judge Scott Sprouse pronounced a sentence that sends Moody […]

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Seneca city office moves

The office of Bob Faires, Seneca utilities director, recently vacated its ground floor City Hall location to move to a new location in the revamped Lowery Building on nearby N. Second Street.  Customers, however, continue to pay bills and conduct other business at City Hall. Occupying Faires’ former City Hall space is Ed Halbig, director of planning and community development. […]

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PRT commissioners to vote tomorrow

At their meeting tomorrow, the Oconee Parks, Recreation and Tourism commissioners vote on awarding grants to spend the latest batch of accommodations tax funds generated for Oconee County use.  According to Phil Shirley, PRT executive director, about $65 thousand dollars is available.  Applying for the money are seven grant applications.  The commissioners’ vote, in the form of a recommendation to […]

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ACT scores drop statewide

Disappointment greets the announcement today of the scores from a test to measure readiness for college and career.  The 2016 scores of graduating seniors statewide show that only 14% of the graduates met the ACT college-ready benchmarks in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science.  The average ACT composite score of 18.5 for SC students fell short of the national average of […]

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Drug arrests early Monday in Seneca

The police in Seneca arrested three people on drug charges during the early hours of Monday morning in two different parts of the city.  Two Greenville County residents were arrested after the police stopped a car on the 123 By-Pass.  Multiple charges were placed against Dominic Frank Salerno of Simpsonville and Tracie Michelle Sargent of Taylors.  The police say they […]

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SC history made in Anderson courtroom

For the first time in South Carolina history, a facility dog has been used to assist during live trial testimony in a courtroom. Roma, the first courthouse Facility Dog in South Carolina, made her debut in an Anderson courtroom today when she accompanied a witness as she testified on the stand. The Honorable J. Cordell Maddox ruled in favor of the State’s motion made […]

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Elizabeth Ann Lewis Massey Coogler

Clinton, SC— Ann Lewis Coogler passed into the presence of Our Lord, on August 22, 2016. A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at Davenport Funeral Home, Walhalla, SC, Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 4:00 PM. The family will greet friends prior to the service from 3:00-4:00 PM. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery, Walhalla, SC. […]

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