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All road patrol officers wear body cameras

February 3, 2015

During the year 2014, every deputy in the road patrol division of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, along with two officers from the warrants division, were equipped with body cameras. It was May 2013 when the Sheriff’s Office began equipping deputies with the TASER AXON Flex body cameras. They can be clipped to the officers’ clothing…

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West Union mail thefts

February 3, 2015

An 83-year old man was arrested by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office for allegedly taking mail from two road side boxes at West Union. Roy Englannd Norvell of Franklin, North Carolina was placed in the Oconee Jail Sunday on the charge of simple larceny after he was approached by plainclothes officer Scott Arnold on West Union’s…

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Animal Shelter to benefit from wine-tasting event

February 2, 2015

An event Valentine’s Day at Keowee Key will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Oconee County Animal Shelter near Seneca. A group that helps the shelter sponsors a wine-tasting at the Keowee Key Activity Center Saturday, February 14 beginning at 5 p-m. Tickets are $20 and should be purchased in advance. Forl tickets, call…

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Parties agree to dismissal

February 2, 2015

The civil lawsuit Bartee versus Blackwell is no more. The parties have signed a stipulation of dismissal, and an officer of the Oconee Common Pleas Court says it’s a dismissal “with prejudice”—meaning the case cannot be brought back. In 2012, James Bartee waged a campaign for Oconee Sheriff, only to see that campaign collapse when…

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“General Beauregard Lee” did not see his shadow!

February 2, 2015
“General Beauregard Lee” did not see his shadow!

 The South’s most famous ground hog emerged shortly after 7:30 this morning and he did not see his shadow which is a portent that, perhaps, there will be an early end to winter in these parts. The conditions were cloudy and blustery this morning when “General Beauregard Lee” came out at the Yellow River Game…

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Fire last week remains under investigation

February 2, 2015

Fire that nearly destroyed a Walhalla home last week remains under investigation. Chief Doug Kelley this morning said his department suspects that last Thursday night’s fire at 6 Keowee Street was an electrical fire, but will turn to an insurance company for its evaluation. Those who lived there received help from the Oconee Chapter of…

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Blue Ridge Fest to stage May 8

February 2, 2015

The 2015 Blue Ridge Fest takes place Friday, May 8 on the grounds of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens. It’ll be a beach night show and dance and a classic car cruise-in. Underlying the fun is a serious purpose: financial support for one dozen area human-help agencies. This year four of those help…

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Weekend traffic fatality

February 2, 2015

A weekend traffic fatality reported in Pickens County. Coroner Kandy Kelley said the victim was a 23-year old Pickens resident—Alanah Elizabeth Holcombe. The fatal accident occurred at 9:30 Friday night at Prater’s Creek Road and Allgood Bridge Road.

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Small fire at apartment complex

January 31, 2015

Walhalla fire fighters put out a mattress fire this morning in the stairwell of an apartment complex on N. Laurel Street.  While that call was in progress, fire fighters requested all residents of Walhalla Gardens to temporarily evacuate their premises.  No one was hurt.

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Being on the right side of the “Digital Divide”

January 30, 2015

In the 21st century high tech world, the quality of our lives or, in some cases, a person’s ability to make a living depends on being connected. Oconee’s director of public libraries, Philip Cheney, is well aware of this and has been speaking out about it. He tells us it’s good to be on the…

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Calendar

  • July 1, 2015 7:00 pmMountain Heart Free Concert
  • July 1, 2015 7:00 pmVBS at Church of Christ, Lavonia
  • July 3, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • July 5, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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