Celebration event at the historic Hopewell Plantation

Clemson University’s Historic Properties and the Andrew Pickens chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, are hosting a celebration this month of the porch restoration at the historic Hopewell Plantation.  The event will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. History professor Rod Andrew, author of “The Life and Times of General Andrew Pickens: Revolutionary War Hero, American Founder” will […]

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Motorcyclist dies four days after Seneca accident

A Pickens County motorcyclist has died of injuries suffered in a downtown Seneca accident.  Oconee Coroner Karl Addis recorded the death from a head injury of Liberty resident Randy Holliday at 4 am Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  Holliday was 63 years old.  He was in an accident involving a second vehicle around 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. No autopsy is […]

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William Hix

Westminster – William Cecil Hix, 91, widower of the late Nancy Marilyn Varnadore Hix, 210 Chiefs Lane, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in […]

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Gun shot wound to the chest was fatal

The autopsy today showed a gun shot wound to the chest proved fatal to the latest Oconee County homicide victim.  That autopsy, according to Coroner Karl Addis, showed multiple gun shot wounds.  Going into today the presumed victim was Rebecca Allon Murray Cawthon, and Addis now says the body found Wednesday evening at 496 Welcome Church Road has been confirmed […]

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Gene Smith

Westminster – James Eugene “Gene” Smith, Sr., 73, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017.  A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Sandifer Funeral Home.  Flowers are […]

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Margaret Fitzgerald

Westminster – Margaret Freeman Fitzgerald, 77, widow of the late Dwight William Fitzgerald, 517 W King Street, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her residence. No formal services will be held.   The family is at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chauga Baptist Church, 150 Chauga Road, Westminster, SC 29693. Condolences may be expressed […]

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Hipps’ civil trial date to be set next year

  The trial to decide the Pioneer Rural water plant project has been set—the last week of August in Oconee County.  But a certain trial date to decide another major civil case is nearly a year away.  That’s the one in which parents are seeking $25 million dollars to account for the unexplained death of their son, the late Tucker […]

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Murder charge filed, autopsy this morning

The Rebecca Murray Cawthon autopsy is set at 11 this morning.  Oconee Coroner Karl Addis said once the autopsy is completed, he will first notify Mrs. Cawthon’s mother and then make an announcement as to the findings.  The body of the 33-year old missing woman, according to Addis, was found Wednesday concealed inside a garage/shop-type building on the property of […]

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Seneca school project funded by the Gates Foundation

A teacher at Seneca’s Blue Ridge Elementary School decided to do something to remedy a situation in which some pre-kindergarten students came from homes without any books.  To help develop literacy skills in them, Jessica McGaha (left) started a project to buy books, provide a bookshelf and work with parents on simple reading lessons. McGaha calls the project “Raising Readers” […]

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