Trial to start this morning

At the Oconee Courthouse, a jury has been selected in the case of Shane Adam Burdette, charged with murder. The Westminster area man is accused in the shooting death in the summer of 2013 at 108 Mount Pleasant Road of 21-year old James Evan Tyner. Yesterday Judge Cordell Maddox ruled investigators had given Burdette proper readings of his rights to […]

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Sammy Dickson elected to bank board of directors

The board of directors of Blue Ridge Financial Corporation, parent company of Blue Ridge Bank, has unanimously elected Sammy Dickson to its board. Dickson lives in Westminster, attended Oconee schools, and is a graduate of Anderson College. Since 1975, he has been employed by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and currently serves as the manager of Administration, manager of Finance, and […]

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Hospital grants county easement for a YMCA

The board of directors at Oconee Memorial Hospital granted an easement last night to Oconee County to cross the property that is set aside for the county’s first YMCA, featuring an indoor aquatic center. The board acted after a presentation by Hunter Kome, president of the Oconee Medical Campus, and Phil Shirley, director of county Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Currently, […]

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Man arrested in three-month old Wal-Mart shoplifting

An Anderson County man has been arrested in the investigation of a three-month old Oconee County case of shoplifting. The Sheriff’s Office today announced the arrest of Jemal David Carson. Two addresses have been listed for the 46-year old Carson: the city of Anderson and the town of Pendleton. Based on information the Sheriff’s Office received from the public warrants […]

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Oconee Forever held Saturday event

In spite of winter weather Saturday, 13 Oconee County landowners met at the Mountain Rest Baptist Church to learn ways to protect their land. They took part in the annual landowners’ brunch organized by Oconee Forever … and learned about protective covenants, land donations and conservation agreements. Shea Airey, chairman of the Oconee Conservation Bank, described the process to leverage […]

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Pickens County names Ralph Guarino

A 15-year Pickens County employee, Ralph Guarino, has been named interim county administrator. Guarino, who serves as Pickens County finance director, was given the additional duty Saturday as part of the Pickens County Council planning retreat. The council will now conduct a search for the new administrator—the job that opened last week on the resignation of Matthew Delk.

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Safe driver class scheduled

Drivers of all ages are urged to take the AARP Smart Driver course. The new, six-hour classroom program will be taught 9:15 a-m to 4 p-m Friday, March 20 at the newly-renovated Keowee Key Event Center. You may bring a lunch or take advantage of the nearby café. For those coming from outside the home development, enter Keowee Key on […]

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Area angler wins tourney

Lake Hartwell area resident Casey Ashley won the big fishing tourney in his back door. The 31-year old Ashley caught five bass that weighed 20 pounds, three ounces to win the GEICO Bassmaster Classic. Ashley has lived just a few miles from the lake all his life. It was his sixth try to win the tourney. Besides an accomplished angler, […]

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