Neighbor dispute heard by Oconee jury

A dispute between neighbors near West Union ended with a guilty verdict and the sentencing of the man who stood trial this week in the Oconee General Sessions Court.  After saying it’s lucky no one was killed, Judge Scott Sprouse ordered Robbie Franklin James to serve two years in prison with the conditions that he undergo anger management, substance abuse […]

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Oconee approved for rural infrastructure grant

South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved a $500 thousand grant for Oconee County water and sewer infrastructure.  According to Scott Moulder, county administrator, the money will be applied to the county’s share in preparing industrial park property for Tri-County Tech and Oconee School District buildings on highway 11.  The grant was part of more than $9 million in grant […]

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Public schools monitoring air quality

Oconee school principals have been given guidance by the district administration to accommodate those students with respiratory or asthma conditions.  And Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, says principals have been told to keep students inside who prefer not to risk exposure during outdoor recess.  “Obviously, if we get an unhealthy rating (air quality) then we’ll keeep everyone inside,” Hanvey […]

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Judges and lawyers remember a colleague

Judges and lawyers took time today at the Oconee Courthouse to remember a late colleague, Jerry Fedder.  He died in September.  Fedder practiced law in Seneca for 40 years–from 1955 to 1995.  He is remembered for a legal acumen, dedication to the profession, and for several years as attorney for the city of Seneca and the county of Oconee.  Today’s […]

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DOT awards contracts, more to follow

South Carolina DOT has awarded two contracts to improve Clearmont Road near Westminster and Snead Road near Walhalla.  Josh Makison, resident construction engineer for the DOT in Oconee, says other work is slated for Old Salem Road, N. Little River Road, and Earlestead Road.  In future contract lettings, the state will seek bids for work on highway 11 north of […]

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Second man arrested in home burglary near Salem

A second man has been arrested in the investigation of an October home burglary on the Jocassee Lake Road.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of Ryan Curtis Tolbert of Greenville came as a result of the investigation that also produced the arrest of Thomasville, NC resident Richard Clayton Bagwell II in the same case after a vehicle […]

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