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Courtroom surprise!

July 16, 2015

A General Sessions Court witness called to the stand invoked the 5th amendment in a drug trial at the Oconee County Courthouse.  The trial ended with a conviction by the jury against a defendant charged with distribution of crack cocaine.  The sentence handed down to Gerome Chris Smith amounts to eight years in prison and…

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Streetscape today!

July 16, 2015

Streetscape crews are to start excavating for the bases for the new downtown light poles.  Some of the old poles removed yesterday on Main, between Tugaloo and College, proved an adventure, as the workers were unsure what they would find in the ground holding the old poles.  New water service work starts today on the…

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Community leaders complete program

July 16, 2015

Seventeen community leaders graduated from Oconee Foundation Fellows program, after six months of exploring issues surrounding health care today.  Since it began in 2008, more than 165 community leaders have graduated from the OMH Foundation Fellows program.  This year’s class included Judy Barnaskey, Chase Burkett, Anna Connelly, Bo Crader, Dr. Chuck Garabadian, Sam Head, Kade…

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Streetscape pace likely to impact Oktoberfest

July 16, 2015

A Walhalla councilman terms as “a real possibility” that Oktoberfest 2015 will arrive this fall without the finish of Streetscape.  It had been the hope of city leaders that the work on the entire four-block core commercial area could be finished by the third weekend in October, but delays throw that hope into question.  Councilman/Mayor…

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Car and pickup collide at Miracle Circle

July 16, 2015

A car and a pickup truck collided early yesterday afternoon at Seneca’s Miracle Circle.  The police say the car sustained passenger-side damage and one passenger was taken to the hospital.  The accident blocked or slowed traffic in the westbound lanes for about 10 minutes.  

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Little rest for the fire fighters

July 16, 2015

Oconee Rural Fire Control reports a flare-up this morning of yesterday’s fire that destroyed an old farmhouse at Townville.  Fire fighters were called back to the scene on the Perry Woolbright Road near South Carolina 24.  Shane Gibbs, county fire marshal, says investigators are trying to determine why the original fire started in the unoccupied…

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Hiker’s fall broken by small ledge

July 16, 2015

A 16-year old boy’s fall at IssaqueenaFalls north of Walhalla was stopped by a small ledge, and there he remained stranded until rescuers were able to extricate him to safety.  According to Scott Krein of Oconee Emergency Services, rescuers used a system of ropes and rappelled down to his rescue.  They found him 75 feet…

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Betty Mae Burton

July 15, 2015

Betty Mae Burton, 67, of 5795 Hwy. 184 E. Donalds, died Tuesday at Self Regional Medical Center.  She was the wife of William “Pete” Luther Burton Jr.  Funeral services will be 2 p-m Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 p-m, prior to…

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Bertie Orr Holmes

July 15, 2015

Bertie Orr Holmes died Monday.  She was the widow of Harold Holmes.  A memorial service will be 2 p-m Sunday at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Family members are at their homes.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made C/O Sandifer Funeral Home, PO Box 69, Westminster, SC…

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William Garland Butts Sr.

July 15, 2015

William Garland Butts Sr. 91, of 71 Ed Henry Road., Highlands, NC died Wednesday at GHS Cottingham Hospice House.  A graveside service will be 11 a-m Friday at Oconee Memorial Park.  The family receives friends from 6 to 8 p-m Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oconee…

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Calendar

  • July 31, 2015 5:00 pmChristmas in July to support Heath's Haven
  • July 31, 2015 7:00 pmConservation Theory in Concert
  • July 31, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • August 2, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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