All autopsies completed

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The Oconee coroner has announced autopsies on the bodies of all four plane crash victims have been completed.  Yesterday’s autopsies showed Tony Elliott died of chest trauma and a fractured neck.  Scott Bibler died of chest trauma.  Coroner Karl Addis says the manner of the deaths of all four victims is classified accidental.     VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Walhalla intersection temporarily closed

Flashing police lights are an indication this morning that a Walhalla intersection has been closed to allow for work on the Streetscape project.  Chief of Police Ronald Wilbanks says the intersection of Main and College streets will be closed for a few hours, and motorists are asked to take alternate routes. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Crashed plane to be reassembled

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Parts of the small plane that crashed last week in rural Oconee are being gathered for transport to a facility in Atlanta, where an investigator says they’ll be re-assembled in an attempt to rebuild the plane as much as possible.  Ralph Hicks of the National Transportation Safety Board says it’s part of his agency’s attempts to pin down a cause […]

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Mary Ann Busha Hutcheson

Mary Ann Busha Hutcheson, 76, died at her home after a brief illness.  A long time Georgia public school teacher, she was the daughter of the late William McKinley and Icie Lou Cox Busha of Westminster.  Visitation with family and friends takes place 1-2 p-m Wednesday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Wednesday at Sandifer Funeral […]

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Standing in the way of opening the new jail

A test of the fire alarm was successful.  Now the one problem in the way of finally opening Oconee’s new jail appears to be an adjustment to the ventilation system.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the adjustment is needed to allow a quicker exodus of smoke.  But, once the adjustment is made and the state Department of Corrections approves, the anticipated […]

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The flying weekend at Oconee

If the single engine plane which crashed Friday had reached the point of landing at the Oconee Regional Airport, an official says, that airport—even without an instrument landing system—could have accommodated a safe landing.  Scott Moulder, county administrator, this morning expressed the kind of sadness that the Oconee community feels with the crash near Westminster and the deaths of all […]

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Large truck hangs up on the tracks!

Once again, the drop off on Frontage Road entering highway 28 near Seneca has snared a large truck.  The police say an 18-wheeler is stuck across the railroad track, and Frontage Road is blocked to other traffic until such time as the large truck is set free.  Captain Robert Tribble says 28 is unaffected by this mishap. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Hunter education class Friday

Before you obtain a South Carolina hunter’s license, you are required to complete an education course if you were born after June 30, 1979.  A class takes place 9 a-m to 5 p-m Friday at the Clemson DNR Office at 311 Natural Resources Drive.  Through this program, students learn about the responsibility and ethics in the field, as well as […]

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Student veterans help out

Tri-County Technical College’s Student Veterans Association (SVA) chapter and campus safety officers surprised Christopher Morton, far right, and his parents, Kelli and Jeff Morton, standing, far right, and his service dog, Buddy, with gifts after learning about the family’s struggle with finances and the health setbacks associated with a recent car accident that injured Christopher and Buddy. Pictured from left […]

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