Arrest made in Burnt Tanyard Road crimes

A gun and safe containing cash were stolen last week during a home burglary on the Burnt Tanyard Road in Oconee County.  The Sheriff’s Office today reports the arrest of a 28-year old Salem man.  Charles Johnathan Sanders of Crestwood Drive in Salem was charged with grand larceny warrant, first degree burglary and safecracking. The value of the items taken, […]

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Westminster man pleads guilty to child porn offenses

A Westminster man awaits sentencing for child pornography.  The U-S Attorney for South Carolina, Beth Drake, has announced that Vern McPherson pleaded guilty in federal court at Greenville to possession and transporting child pornography.  District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after reviewing the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. […]

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Pre-trial settlements in two civil cases

Oconee Common Pleas Court has received word of pre-trial settlements in two cases alleging medical malpractice, and those cases have been removed from the docket for next week’s jury term of court.  Clerk of Court Beverly Whitfield has confirmed the cases settled are those titled Hawkins versus Oconee Medical Center and Neal versus Dr. McAlpine.  The court awaits formal orders […]

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Oconee proud of Vietnam veteran Aaron Rochester

Oconee Veterans Affairs Officer Jerry Dyar says his office is working to correct an injustice.  Salem native Aaron Rochester was wounded during the Vietnam War, but the wound never made it into Rochester’s military records.  As such, according to Dyar, Rochester deserves a Purple Heart.  Rochester is one of Oconee’s veterans being recognized for his duty as part of the […]

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Tomorrow is preliminary hearing today in Oconee

Thirty cases are in the preliminary hearing hopper for tomorrow morning at the Oconee Courthouse in Walhalla.  Presiding will be Magistrate Will Derrick.  The hearings are preliminary to an Oconee General Sessions Court session.  Derrick has the authority to send the cases to General Sessions or dismiss them—depending on the quality of evidence that the prosecutors and the arresting police […]

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The politicization of the judicial nomination process

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked his second round of questions yesterday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. After condemning what he considers the politicization of the nomination process, Graham questioned Gorsuch about Roe v. Wade.  

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Cammick speaks out on treatment plant project

The chairwoman of Oconee County Council is asking questions about the impact of a Pioneer Rural Water treatment plant.  Specifically, says Edda Cammick, “What will it cost for industry or Ag (agriculture) high volume consumers?”  Oconee County is attempting to develop property on highway 59 inside the Pioneer service area into an industrial park.  In a statement to 101.7/WGOG NEWS, […]

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Helen Galloway

  Westminster – Helen Louise Duncan Merck Galloway, 93, of 1195 Miller Road, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Saturday, March 25, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm, prior at Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Abbott Cemetery in Liberty. […]

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Juanita Norton

    Juanita Norton went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the respectable age of 87. She was raised in the Brasstown community. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Friday, March 24, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Long Creek Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends […]

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Clemson man accused of practicing law unlawfully

A Clemson man has been arrested and charged with practicing law unlawfully.  The arrest of Julius Romey Eadon III occurred yesterday at a Clemson apartment.  The affidavit to the arrest warrant obtained by the Seneca police alleges the 66-year old Eadon between January 28 and March 1 practiced law or “solicited the legal cause of another person or entity in […]

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