Head wound fatal to shooting victim

The Oconee coroner says a shot to the head from a small-caliber gun was fatal to a Westminster woman.  The autopsy, ordered yesterday by Coroner Karl Addis, helped confirm that the death of Kathy Elaine Owens was a homicide.  In the meantime, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw announced the arrest of Roger Lane Qualls on the charge of murder.  According to Crenshaw, […]

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Man charged with woman’s murder

An Oconee County woman was shot dead allegedly by a man whose home she visited for the purpose of obtaining prescription medication. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw made the announcement Friday evening as the investigation by his office led to the arrest of Roger Lane Qualls on the charge of murder. The victim in Thursday night’s shooting at the Qualls home near […]

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Shooting victim identified

A woman found shot dead last night inside a rural Oconee County home has been identified. Coroner Karl Addis said the victim was Kathy Elaine Owens, 54, of 100 Sunshine Circle, Apt. 42, Westminster. Addis says an autopsy will take place Sunday to help his office and the Sheriff’s Office with the death investigation.

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Second drug case in second store parking lot

Three squad cars and two people in handcuffs were seen this morning in the parking lot of Wal-Mart near Seneca. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the case has similar markings to one earlier in the week in the parking lot of another store near the city. According to Crenshaw, the two people were found in a car outside the Wal-Mart and […]

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Clemson wins recycling challenge

Green-conscious Clemson students topped a field of 90 colleges to win the 2014 Game Day Recycling Challenge by collecting more than 60 thousand pounds of recyclables. Recycling bins and bag dispensers were placed within a three-square-mile tailgating area at the South Carolina game, and more than two thousand recycling bags were handed out to tailgaters. The bags and bins were […]

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The year in weather 2014

While many of us were trying to put pen to paper on resolutions for the New Year, Walhalla’s Barbara Wilson took time to savor the year that nature provided. Her synopsis is that 2014 in Walhalla was mild and nowhere near as rainy as 2013. At no time during the last 12 months did the thermometer reach 100 degrees. The […]

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Clemson extends a deadline

Clemson still needs city residents to volunteer as members of boards and commissions and is extending the deadline to make application. The new deadline is Thursday, January 15. Clemson needs to fill a seat on its planning commission, three positions on its board of zoning appeals, three positions on its board of architectural review, and four seats on its arts […]

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First siren test of 2015 to be January 14

The public alert notification sirens around the Oconee Nuclear Station will be tested for the first time in 2015 around 11:50 the morning of Wednesday, January 14. And, as usual, the test will last about three minutes. To your ears, the sirens may sound like a lot of squawking, but their reliability is important. The 65 sirens are within 10 […]

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Lessons learned from 2011 Japan tragedies

Nearly four years ago, a Japanese nuclear plant withstood a large earthquake, but sustained severe damage from a tsunami that accompanied the quake. Since then, the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy have been engaged in study and discussions about the potential for damage to the dams and dykes around the Keowee-Toxaway Project. Specifically, the consequences for flooding in […]

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American Red Cross assists fire-victim families

American Red Cross disaster volunteers responded to at least seven home fires in the Upstate this week, providing emergency assistance to the 21 people affected. The incidents were the latest in a series of fires that have recently occurred and tragically there were injuries and fatalities associated with many of these fires. It is not just the Upstate experiencing home […]

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