Meth danger on the highways

Family members picking up trash this weekend near Westminster found suspicious items on the Cleveland Pike Road. Narcotics agents secured the broken batteries and empty packages of Sudafed. No official determination yet on whether they, along with piles of syringes and bottles of a white powder substance, amount to methamphetamine debris. But, as winter gives way to spring, many people […]

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Tech revamps, renames program

The engineering and industrial technology division of Tri-County Technical College has renamed and revamped its manufacturing management program. The program underwent a title change last month and is now called Manufacturing Management and Leadership. According to Stan Compton, program coordinator, to better reflect the skills of a first-line manager in today’s manufacturing facilities.

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Deputy’s suspicion pays off

The suspicions of an Oconee deputy sheriff paid off in the early morning hours Saturday with the capture of three suspected thieves. At 1:40 Saturday morning, Deputy Clay Sheriff saw a vehicle circle through the parking lot of Tri-Star Imports, Wells Highway. The deputy stopped the car nearby. The investigation that followed resulted in the discovery of damage to a […]

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Chainsaw applied to last of the Bradford Pear trees

Walhalla’s love-hate relationship with its downtown Bradford Pear trees is no more. Crews under the supervision of James Moore, public works director, applied chainsaws and activated a wood chipper to the last of the Bradford Pear trees still standing. Their downfall is a pre-runner to the Streetscape project and their eventual replacement with others kinds of trees and vegetation planned […]

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County leaders react to Seneca mayor’s appeal

Dan Alexander, the Seneca mayor, took a moment from his remarks Friday celebrating grand opening of the city’s new electric transit facility to appeal for Oconee County to start bus passenger service. Alexander made his appeal as he looked into an audience that included a handful of county leaders. After the ceremony, we asked two of the county officials about […]

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Burdette guilty of voluntary manslaughter

The Oconee trial of Adam Burdette ended with a guilty verdict to a lesser charge than murder. The jury found Burdette not guilty of murder, but guilty of voluntary manslaughter and guilty of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. Burdette is 36, and the sentence handed down by the judge sends him to prison for […]

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Proterra founder proclaims a “first in the world”

The founder of the company that makes electric-powered buses proclaimed Seneca’s all-electric bus service achievement a “first in the world.” Dale Hill was one of the headline speakers as Seneca held grand opening for its electric vehicle facility, inside the Seneca Rail Park building on Shiloh Road. Seneca contracted with Hill’s Proterra Company, which produced an all-electric fleet of passenger […]

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Jury to deliberate shortly

Right now members of the Oconee General Sessions trial jury are having lunch.  They then will start their deliberations in the case of Adam Burdette, charged with murder in the shooting death of Evan Tyner in 2013 near Westminster.  The jurors must choose among five choices:  guilty, not guilty, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, or accident.

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