New Oconee jail opens for business!

Front - Oconee County Detention Center

The new Oconee Detention Center, built at a guaranteed price of $16.2 million, went into operation today—about eight months after Sheriff Mike Crenshaw had hoped.  Grading operations for the new jail began in the spring of 2014.  Inmates were moved from the old jail and are now housed in the new one.  Crenshaw has given a faith-based group the go […]

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Ava Kate Holbrooks

Ava Kate Holbrooks, infant child of Doyle J. Holbrooks II and Sera Smith, 578 Horseshoe Bridge Road, Westminster died Thursday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  A graveside service will be 2 pm Sunday at Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family is at the home of her grandparents, Gene and Shirley Smith, 356 Blackjack Road, Westminster, SC  29693. Flowers accepted.  Condolences may be […]

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Fewer teacher graduating, more teachers leaving

  An analysis by a pro-teacher group in Rock Hill raises the question of whether there are going to be adequate numbers of teachers to educate the young.  The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement finds that fewer teachers are graduating and more teachers are leaving.  It sees a widening gap between teacher supply and teacher demand.  And Kim […]

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Katherine Elaine Diamond

Katherine Elaine Diamond of W. Pine Grove Road, Fair Play died Wednesday at the Cottingham Hospice House.  The funeral will be 3 pm Sunday at South Union Baptist Church with visitation 2-3 pm prior to the service at the church.  Family members are at their homes.  In place of flowers, memorials may be made to South Union Baptist Church, 510 […]

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Clemson part of Google college expeditions virtual reality

Clemson University is one of the featured participants in Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program.  First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday unveiled the virtual reality project that is to enable children in schools across the world to visit colleges and universities without stepping foot on the campuses.  Clemson is the first university in South Carolina invited to participate.  The virtual reality experience can […]

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Charles Afton Weaver, Sr.

Charles Afton Weaver, Sr., 90, of 100 Michelle Lane, Seneca died Wednesday at his home. He was the widower of Norma Jean Weaver.  The funeral will be 2:30 pm Saturday at the Senec a Church of God of Prophecy, 1016 Overbrook Drive, Seneca, SC  29678. Condolences may be expressed by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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John Henry Cannon

John Henry Cannon, 61, native of Salem, died Wednesday.  He was the husband of Patsy Blackwell Cannon.  The funeral will be 11 am Saturday at Keowee Falls Church of God.  The body will be at the home, where the family receives friends.  Burial will be in the Cannon-Martin Family Cemetery at the old Cannon Homeplace.  Condolences may be sent to […]

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Rev. Hoyt Stephens

Rev. Hoyt Franklin Stephens, 81, died Wednesday at Morningside Assisted Living in Seneca. He was the widower of Evelyn Frady Stephens.  The funeral will be 1 pm Friday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Entombment follows in Heritage Memorial Gardens. Family members are at their homes.  In place of flowers, donations may be made to Pruitt Hospice, 102 East […]

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Judge orders gambling machines destroyed

Magistrate Blake Norton ruled this month that three video game machines in Seneca meet the state’s definition of gambling machines and, pending an appeal period, has ordered their destruction.  The machines were seized by the state Law Enforcement Division January 12 at Seneca Lanes on the 123 By-Pass and brought to the magistrate’s office in Walhalla for his examination.  The […]

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West Union gets a candidate

The town of West Union has a candidate for its 2016 election.  Main Street resident David Scealf qualified yesterday with the office of Oconee Registration and Elections to run for one of four available council seats in the April 5 election.   The filing deadline to run for mayor and council is one week from today—noon Friday, February 5.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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