Second man charged with intent to defraud lottery

A second man has been arrested in Oconee County on charges of intent to defraud the South Carolina Education Lottery.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of Eric Alan Jenkins, 30 years old, took place late Friday afternoon.  An arrest warrant accused Jenkins of attempting to cash stolen lottery tickets at a West Union business.  The ticket in question […]

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Stabbing in Keowee community

  One stabbing victim in Oconee County this morning is getting emergency medical attention, and a law enforcement investigation is underway.  A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office says a bloody victim was found this morning in the Keowee Community, on Knox Landing Road near the Evatt Road.  A medical helicopter has flown the stabbing victim for treatment.       […]

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John Neil Byrnes

Salem, SC — John Neil Byrnes, age 75, died peacefully on June 4, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca, SC. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Oconee County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 685, Seneca, SC 29679 or to Adult and Child Therapy Services, 708 Washington […]

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Mental health issues beset prisoners

Jail is no fun place to be.  The Oconee Sheriff on Friday told a meeting in Seneca that between 30 and 40 percent of the inmate population has battled depression.  At least once a week a service is extended to the county’s prisoners.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says a mental health professional makes a weekly visit to the jail in Walhalla […]

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Democratic National committeewoman to speak

Oconee County Democrats are bringing in a member of their party’s national committee to help raise money for the county party during their 4th annual picnic near Seneca.  The event takes places 5 to 8 pm Sunday, June 12 at the South Cove County Park.  Featured speaker will be State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg, member of the Democratic National […]

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Pennsylvania arrest has ties to Oconee

The office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General has announced the arrest of a 19-year old woman in that state on charges that she sexually assaulted a 10-year old girl, video-taped the abuse, and disseminated the recordings to others.  The arrest of Carissa Lee Vadala was announced by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane as part of an investigation by agents with […]

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A farewell tonight in Salem

It’s graduation weekend in Oconee where one of the ceremonies will make history.  The seniors at Tamassee-Salem High School are receiving the final diplomas in that school’s history.  The school is closing and its students are being re-assigned to the Walhalla attendance zone.  One Tamassee-Salem graduate tonight, Randall Martin, intends to perform a song he has written about the closing […]

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