Roads slick and slushy in Walhalla area

Oconee County Dispatch reports roads slick and slushy in the Walhalla area. The weather system has moved out of South Carolina, but small cells of rain are hanging around. The DOT reports all interstate routes are open to traffic. Air temperatures are mainly above freezing with scattered locations below 32 degrees. State crews are on rotating, 12-hour work shifts applying […]

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Escape charges

A man and his fiancée from the Seneca area have been charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with escape as part of a scheme to try to free one of the two from jail. Joshua Dewayne Burrell is charged with conspiring with his fiancée, Brooke Danyelle McCall, in the words of the arrest affidavit, “to contact the Detention Center under […]

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Six Mile man dead of smoke inhalation

A 51-year old man in Six Mile died of smoke inhalation during a fire at his home on Six Mile’s N. Main Street. The Pickens County coroner, Kandy Kelley, identified the fatality as James Stewart Pitts. He died at 3 o’clock this morning and was pronounced dead at his home. Pitts’ death is being investigated by the Pickens County Sheriff’s […]

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More trouble at Howard’s Rock

Early today at Clemson University, an unknown individual vandalized the case protecting Howard’s Rock, and the campus police are investigating.  The damage was reported by construction crew members working on renovations to the suite and club levels of the football stadium.  Damage was limited to the glass case protecting the storied rock–one of the security measures in place after an […]

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Trial recessed until Friday

Not long after the case switched from the prosecution to the defense, the judge announced a recess in the Adam Burdette trial at the Oconee Courthouse. The Hon. Cordell Maddox ordered the trial adjourned until 11 o’clock Friday morning. The last witness to be heard today was the first defense witness, Dr. Keith Lyle of the University of Louisville. Burdette, […]

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South Carolina prepares further for storm

Governor Haley has declared a State of Emergency to mobilize additional resources should they be needed. Among the requests being made of the public by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is to check on anyone who may need extra help during the winter weather.  Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies only and remember to keep a full charge on your […]

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Oconee prioritizes projects

Staffing the new jail and creating the position of grants writer surfaced today as the top priorities for four of Oconee County’s five council members. After their brainstorming session in their retreat meeting, Chairman Wayne McCall and the council’s newest member, Edda Cammick, both listed staff for the new jail as their top project to accomplish, while Joel Thrift and […]

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Puiling the ($) plug on Broadband

  A decision, perhaps, is close on whether Oconee County will pour any more money into the project designed to give its residents access to high-speed internet. During the annual retreat meeting today of Oconee County Council, Chairman Wayne McCall called the Broadband/FOCUS project “a big dead skunk” to which the county has splashed perfume to get rid of the […]

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Preparing for a second winter storm

Maintenance units of the South Carolina DOT have started their crews on 12-hour rotating shifts. As the weather develops, they are to begin to pre-treat bridges and sections of interstate highways and primary routes. According to the DOT, all maintenance units in every county have been fully re-stocked with salt, sand, brine and other materials used in the de-icing operations […]

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