Fruit flies take toll on strawberries

It’s hard enough to grow sweet and tasty strawberries let alone a crop-eating pest destroying your patch.  Clemson University reports that the fruit-eating spotted wing drosphila has been found in a strawberry patch in Beaufort County for the first time.  Growers should take action to protect their harvests.  Cooperative Extension agent Zachary Snipes says the fruit fly was found in […]

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Computers stolen at Wal-Mart

Vehicle of Interest - March 16th,2016 Wal-Mart Shoplifting

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help in identifying a white male and a white female as part of the effort to capture two shoplifters this month at the Wal-Mart near Seneca.  A Wal-Mart employee told a deputy that early in the morning Wednesday, March 16 the shoplifters got away with nearly $18 hundred dollars worth of computers without […]

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Sigh for relief for the Clerk of Court

A sign of relief to Beverly Whitfield, the Oconee Clerk of Court.  Whitfield is one of several Oconee officeholders who drew no opposition by the deadline candidate filing.  Seeking her third term in office, Whitfield will go into this year’s primary elections with no ballot opposition.  This morning she expressed gratitude for the confidence shown in her by Oconee voters.

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Area professor lauded for improving waterways

A biology professor at Southern Wesleyan University, Dr. Rocky Nation, is among a group that was recognized with the 2015 Beyond Borders Award for their enthusiasm and dedication to improving waterways in Georgia and South Carolina. The award is given to an Adopt-A-Stream group or volunteer outside Georgia for demonstrating drive and commitment to monitor and protect a watershed shared […]

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Sheriff makes note of cell phone contraband

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw vows to do what’s possible to ensure that once criminal suspects are placed behind bars in the new county jail, they won’t be able to victimize someone on the outside by the use of a contraband cell phone.  Crenshaw takes note of plans by a Federal Communications Commissioner to come to Columbia next week to hold […]

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For the Hammonds, “a new normal”

For the couple who lost a son when he was shot dead by a Seneca policeman, they live a life of a “new normal.”  A day after announcement of a $2.1 million settlement for the estate of Zachary Hammond, Paul and Angie Hammond spoke to reporters during a news conference at Greenville.  Of that settlement, Mrs. Hammond spoke confidently that […]

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Judge: “This thing needs to be resolved”

The judge in Oconee Common Pleas Court, on his way home tonight, will stop in downtown Seneca to have a look for himself at a building over which the city and the owner have been quarreling for about five years.  During a hearing this afternoon, Judge Cordell Maddox said he is concerned about the potential danger presented by the building […]

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Policeman’s attorney makes statement

John Mussetto, the attorney who represents Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller issued this statement: “Lieutenant Mark Tiller is pleased that a settlement was reached in this case.  The past few months have been very trying for the City of Seneca, Lieutenant Mark Tiller and the Hammond family.  The settlement will hopefully allow everyone to begin the healing process and close a […]

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Sharon Hightower

Seneca – Sharon Renee Hightower, 39, of 2518 E. Brown Street, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at her residence.   A native of Oconee County, she was the daughter of Brenda Hightower Watkins of Easley and the late Henry Hightower and is survived by a daughter, Shasta Bruce.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Condolences may […]

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Surveyor’s appearance sign of changes ahead

The work of a surveyor today on the property that is Oconee’s Information and Technology Park on SC 11 is a sign of changes ahead for property that the county expects to fill up fast with development.  Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance says, “Several things are happening inside that park with pre-construction planning for Baxter (Enterprises) commencing and continuied […]

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