Julian Edwards Rutledge

Walhalla, SC— Julian Edwards Rutledge, 91, husband of the late Myrtle Ruth Brewer Rutledge, of 202 Muller Road, Walhalla, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House.A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, GHS Cottingham Hospice House, 298 Memorial Drive, […]

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Tractor-trailer truck fire near I-85

At mid day, a tractor-trailer truck sits on an off-ramp on I-85 in Oconee County awaiting a tow truck, having been disabled by fire.  Battalion Chief Ryan Eubanks of county Emergency Services says overheated brakes caused a tire fire on a truck hauling roofing supplies north from Atlanta.  The scene was an off-ramp at Exit 4.  No one was hurt.

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Lance S. Young installed as Rotary District Governor

The Rotary clubs in Seneca, Fair Play and Westminster will get a visit next week by Lance Young, the Rotary District 7750 Governor.  On July 1, retired Air Force Colonel Young was installed into his new role.  There are 53 Clubs in District 7750, comprised of approximately 2700 Rotarians, from the 19 western counties of South Carolina, plus a portion […]

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Senecan new leader of SC Academy of Family Physicians

A family physician from Seneca, Dr. Ed Evans, has assumed the role of president of the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (SCAFP). His installation as president was held during academy events last month on Hilton Head Island. Evans was elected president-elect in June 2015 by the general membership.  The academy represents 1,820 family physicians and medical students statewide. In […]

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Graham reacts to Dallas shootings

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement today following the attack on Dallas police officers last night. “Like all Americans, I am horrified by the attack on law enforcement officers in Dallas, Texas. We grieve with the families who lost loved ones in the attack and continue to pray for a quick recovery for the law enforcement officers who were […]

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Three people arrested near Seneca

Three people were arrested after the Oconee Sheriff’s Office received reports of a fight and shots Wednesday afternoon near the Davis Mill Road.  The Sheriff’s Office identified the arrested as 25 year old Clarence Curtis Hendrix, Jr., 27 year old Vontria Beatrice Walker and 29 year old Undre Bias Randolph.  Deputies determined there was no fight and no one shot […]

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Farmers fear for calamitous year

The dry and wicked heat wave across South Carolina is squeezing the life out of crops, and farmers worry that 2016 could be calamitous.  Oconee, Anderson and Pickens are in the unenviable role of “ground zero.”  But, according to Clemson University, the same conditions plaguing South Carolina’s northwest corner have leapfrogged into the center of the state.  Last year a […]

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$10 million lawsuit filed in Oconee

A lawsuit has been filed in Oconee County, alleging a teenager was attacked during an overnight party that followed a West-Oak High volleyball game nearly three years ago.  The lawsuit claims the victim, 15 years old at the time, was subjected to sexual assault to the extent that the teenager suffered mental instability and required hospitalization.  Seven people were named […]

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Widespread power outages

We have word this morning of widespread power outages affecting parts of Oconee County.  Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative customers reported they lost service during a night of lightning and strong wind affecting Fair Play, Crossroads, and Mountain Rest.  The Walhalla Fire Department responded to trees on power lines on the Picket Post Road and the Stribling Shoals Road.

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