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Judge: “Evidence was compelling”

April 22, 2014

An Oconee jury returned quick verdicts this afternoon against a young man arrested in a drug store burglary near Seneca. The verdicts were guilty to the charges of burglary second degree and theft of a controlled substance. And the judge’s sentence sends Josh Toney to prison for 18 months. Toney is 32 years old. The…

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48-year old man implicated in burglary near Seneca

April 22, 2014

One man is the accused burglar. A second is the man who authorities believed helped orchestrate the crime. Two Oconeeans have been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and charged as the result of a burglary two weeks ago near Seneca—on Sugar Hill Road. Arrest warrants charge Kevin Wayne Maler, 48, of C-Avalon Drive, Walhalla with…

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Prosecution rests, trial turns to defense

April 22, 2014

A trial at Walhalla resumes at 1:30 this afternoon, and the defense will get a chance in front of the jury. Joshua Toney, early 30s in age, is standing trial on charges of burglary second degree and theft of controlled substance—having been arrested in 2011 within one month of a burglary at the Drive-Thru of…

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Woods and porch fire at the Cliffs

April 22, 2014

Salem Fire Department is trying to determine which fire started first—the woods fire or a fire on the porch of a home. The fire fighters were called early last night to 2608 Edgewater Point in the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. 96.3/WGOG NEWS incorrectly placed the location for last night’s fire on Longshore Drive.…

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Lucas retiring, Thorsland in his place

April 22, 2014

A breaking story at mid-morning: Oconee School District announces the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas, a nine-year administrator with the county schools. In his place as interim superintendent will be Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent of operations. Lucas’s retirement date is Friday, May 2.  The news has been greeted with surprise.  Lucas shared what…

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Growing season burns a natural ecological process

April 22, 2014

If you see or smell smoke near one of the South Carolina DNR’s heritage preserves or wildlife management areas this spring and summer, it may be coming from a prescribed fire. Prescribed burns (also called controlled burns) are generally conducted in the dormant season, mostly in late winter and very early spring. But periodic burns…

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Possible telephone scam

April 22, 2014

The South Carolina Department of Revenue warns taxpayers that someone has been making calls from a 512 area code purporting to be from the “SC Tax Commission” and wanting to confirm taxpayers’ Social Security numbers. All state Department of Revenue calls originate from a South Carolina area code. Everyone should be cautious when receiving a…

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Cold snap could chill watermelon season

April 22, 2014

Last week’s cold snap may be a setback for the state’s watermelon season. Clemson University plant disease specialist Tony Keinath says a repeat performance of last year’s spring could create problems. Because of the late start to the growing season, the first South Carolina watermelons likely will be harvested in mid-June. In some years part…

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Shake-and-bake lab

April 22, 2014

An Oconee County traffic safety checkpoint near Fair Play Sunday night confiscated what officers say was a shake-and-bake style meth lab in a car and led to the arrest of the driver. Townville resident Eric Jason Whitten, 39, was lodged in the Oconee Detention Center shortly before 1:30 yesterday morning, charged in warrants alleging possession…

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Seneca re-zoning request denied

April 22, 2014

Residential zone property south of the railroad track should remain residential in the view of Seneca’s planning commissioners. They voted last night to turn down an application on behalf of four brothers to change property along S. Oak, S. Fifth, and S. Fairplay streets to office and neighborhood commercial. Planning commission votes are advisory and…

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  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
  • December 1, 2014 6:00 pmSeneca' Christmas Parade
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