Technology helps locate a missing Virginian

  A new piece of technology helped a sheriff’s deputy in northeast Georgia locate a missing man.   Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said one of his officers last Thursday was patrolling I-85 when he received a report of a missing Virginia man. Thomas said his deputy was using a new computerized alert system, called a tag reader, in his patrol car […]

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Personnel moves within Oconee schools

The principal at Westminster Elementary School, Chad Lusk, is transferring within the Oconee School District to be the next principal of the Hamilton Career Center.  The county board of trustees named Lusk the replacement for Mike Pearson, who retires July 1.  The school district has found a successor to Joe Rukat, who retires as the long-time director of technology.  The […]

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Builder clears City Hall hurdle at Seneca

A home builder cleared a City Hall hurdle in Seneca when the planning commission approved a zoning change.  The commissioners’ 4-0 vote is a recommendation, subject to city council approval next month.  On behalf of a Greenville County company, an engineer succeeded in eliciting the planning commission’s support of a zoning change to allow for single-home family homes on lakefront […]

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“SLED” investigation requested

  After seeing the video, the Oconee Sheriff wants another set of eyes to review what happened Sunday evening in the county jail.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw issued this statement:  “I have requested SLED to conduct an independent investigation.  I am making this request simply to prevent any potential conflict of interest since correctional officers are employees of the Sheriff’s Office.  […]

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Clyde “John” Edward Pelfrey

Walhalla, SC – Clyde “John” Edward Pelfrey, 81, husband of Ruth Sullivan Pelfrey, of 532 Adams Sullivan Road, Walhalla, died April 17, 2016 at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 […]

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Too much political drama, says one lawmaker

  At the State Capital, the effort to fund the repair of South Carolina roads and bridges, along with Department of Transportation reform, is creating a lot of political drama.  Too much drama, in the opinion of one lawmaker from Greenville, Representative Phyllis Henderson.  She has balked at calls for rubber-stamping the Senate’s plan.  Henderson called “pure baloney” Governor Haley’s […]

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Pill Take Back Days

Two Pill Take Back Days are set for the final two Saturdays of April.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has scheduled the first for this Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm in the parking lot of Seneca High School on Wells Highway.  A second collection day takes place Saturday, April 30th from 10am until 2pm in Walhalla at the Law […]

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Assault on jail guards by inmate

An altercation between an Oconee inmate and correctional officers prompted a lockdown late yesterday afternoon of the entire jail population. The incident occurred in one of the male units housing 16 pre-sentenced inmates, but was de-escalated in about 30 minutes and all inmates were secure and back in their cells within a half hour.  By the 8 o’clock hour last […]

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