Teenager arrested

A teenager has been arrested and charged by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office with second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The arrest of Dahryus Alexander-Noel Coward took place Friday morning. Deputies pursued the case against the 17-year old Coward after an incident December 15 on a Westminster school bus in which the teenager allegedly committed a sexual battery by […]

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Asphalt and roof scammers

Asphalt and roofing scammers have arrived in Oconee County. Sheriff Crenshaw was notified today that the scammers are offering very low prices on sealing or paving driveways and then, after using sub-standard materials, demanding higher prices when the work is completed. “We urge homeowners to call the Sheriff’s Office and not engage in any type of work with these companies,” […]

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No equivocating about the roads

The worsening condition of South Carolina roads has begun to create a reputation that causes embarrassment to the state. Worse is the predicament faced by its motorists who have begun to treat the state’s roads and highways like obstacle courses when it comes to missing a pothole. Seneca’s Bill Sandifer and other state lawmakers are getting the message. On Friday […]

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Boil water advisory lifted

A boil water advisory was lifted today for residents of a Lake Hartwell home development in Oconee County. The advisory was ordered Friday for sections of Foxwood Hills, as the result of the break the day before of an 8-inch water line. Affected water customers may resume using their service as normal.

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Gas pump price dips below $2 dollars

A sign at a Greenville gas pump over the weekend read $1.99 for regular. The motor club AAA says those driving to Christmas/New Year’s destinations are encountering the lowest gas prices since 2009. South Carolinians are currently paying 79 cents less for a gallon of gas than they were a year ago. And gas prices in South Carolina are 32 […]

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Scamming technique known as spoofing

When the phone rang at one Westminster business last week, the caller I-D displayed the name and phone number of Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. But it was not Crenshaw calling. Instead the Sheriff’s Office believes this was a scam—a computer-generated call that offered the business a sales pitch to get leads. It’s a technique called “spoofing.” And, according to the […]

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Shining Lights judges make their choices

The judges in this year’s Shining Lights contest, sponsored by the Walhalla Kiwanis Club, have made their choices. Here are this year’s winners: First place in small residential category went to Tom and Patsy Lamas at 101 Tall Window Drive, Seneca; second place, to Debbie James at 421 E. Main Street, West Union. First place in large residential: Ned and […]

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Smoke detectors save lives

At one point during the weekend, six people had perished in South Carolina structure fires. Oconee’s fire chief, Charlie King, says it is a reminder that the most critical device in every home and business to ensure safety is a working smoke detector. The Oconee Fire Service is committed to ensuring that every home has a working detector by offering […]

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Oakway home fire

Within five minutes of a neighbor’s call, fire fighters reached the scene of an Oakway home fire and were able to put a stop to the fire at the Mary’s Lane home near the Bruce Road. At the time of the fire, no one was home. That Friday afternoon fire, however, is regarded suspicious in nature and, according to Oconee […]

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Ulterior motive ascribed to the EPA

Does a clear power plan sound like a good idea? Not if you represent a state that enjoys relatively low power rates and is ill-equipped to convert coal and oil-fired burners to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. South Carolina State Representative Bill Sandifer is also suspicious of why the federal Environmental Protection Agency is pushing its clean power plan. He told […]

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