New airport director one month in

One of the first things Sam Carver noticed when he started work as the new director of the Oconee Regional Airport was a hole in the security fence, and he immediately wondered how it got there. That hole was courtesy of a previous night police chase in which the suspect crashed thru the fence. It has since been repaired, but […]

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Missing student found safe

A student at Keowee Elementary School went missing for about two hours yesterday afternoon when he walked outside and the door behind him locked. The third grader, wearing a coat, left the school building shortly after 1:30, and the Sheriff’s Office was notified one hour later. Officers employed K-9 units and had the Ranger One helicopter ready to fly. But […]

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Mother ruled incompetent to stand trial

An Oconee County woman who took her four daughters across the country allegedly violating a custodial arrangement has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. The announcement was made today by General Sessions Judge Eugene Griffith. Instead, the judge announced, Laverne Marie Bennett is to be remanded to the custody of the state Department of Mental Health, pending a commitment hearing […]

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West Union man faces sex charge

According to Oconee Sheriff’s Office, a 25-year old West Union man turned himself over to the custody of a deputy yesterday to face a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree. The Sheriff’s Office identified the man booked into the Oconee Detention Center as James Andrew Massey, accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year old female on two […]

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Prison term for lewd acts

In court this morning, a former Westminster resident received a sentence amounting to 10 years for sexually abusing two members of his family. The sentence was handed down to Harold G. Fincannon, who now lives in Myrtle Beach. He pleaded guilty to two charges of lewd act on a child—offenses that occurred several years ago but were only brought to […]

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New air quality standards to be reviewed

In two weeks, an Upstate committee will learn how new federal air quality standards will apply. The Oconee County representative to the committee, Art Holbrooks, anticipates at this January 27 meeting South Carolina DHEC will give an overview of the EPA standards announced late last year. Holbrooks, Oconee’s strategic planner, has been part of Clean Air Upstate efforts since 2012. […]

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Southern Wesleyan to aid Haiti

 The economy of the Caribbean nation Haiti is little improved—even after unprecedented foreign aid poured in as relief to earthquake victims there five years ago. Joshua Paul and Todd Voss are among those concerned. Last month Voss, in his capacity as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, and Paul, an Upstate physician, Haiti native, and Southern Wesleyan graduate, signed […]

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