Drug and weapons charges land Utica man in jail

Drug and weapons charges have landed a 50-year old man in the Oconee jail.  The Sheriff’s Office has announced that Howard Eugene Johnson of Gammell Street was jailed Tuesday after officers said they removed what appeared to be a pot meth lab inside a building.  Arrangements were made with the state police to have the lab removed from the property.  […]

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Janie Dessie Lee Bryant Garrett

Seneca, SC— Janie Dessie Lee Bryant Garrett, 100, wife of the late Johnie Martin Garrett, of 260 Kelly Mill Road, Seneca, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at GHS Lila Doyle. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Friday, February 3, 2017, at Maranatha Baptist Church. Burial will follow at 4:30 PM, Friday, at White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery […]

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West-Oak Wrestling Wins Region Tournament

The West-Oak Wrestling Team finished the 2016-17 wrestling season as Region I AAA Champions. At the Region I AAA Tournament on Tuesday, the Warriors qualified all 13 of their wrestlers to the Upper State tournament. West-Oak also had 12 wrestlers in the finals of the tournament and crowned 9 region champions.       3rd place Tyler James   2nd […]

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Rush Thrift joins general contractor firm

Rush Thrift has become the third generation employee at the Seneca-family based business Thrift Development.  He’s the oldest son of Gary Thrift, president of Thrift Development, and grandson of the company founder, the late Glenn Thrift.  Rush Thrift will work as vice president and general counsel.  He started work as an associate attorney in the insurance defense firm Laney and […]

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Mildred Whiten

  Westminster – Mildred Elizabeth King Whiten, 88, widow of the late William Jimmy “Jim” Whiten, 550 Whiten Road, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Seneca Health and Rehab. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Friday, February 3, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Rock Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family […]

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School Choice available within Oconee district

School Choice is now open across the Oconee School district for the 2017-18 year.  Parents may request that their children may enroll inschool in any of the attendance areas—provided there are no behavior or attendance issues at their current schools.  Based on available space, the decision to grant School Choice is up to the principal.  To sign up for School […]

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New mobile health van to make first Walhalla stop

  A new mobile health clinic van, belonging to the Sullivan Center at Clemson University, will make its first stop in Walhalla on Friday.  Nurse practitioner Megan Kyle says the Sullivan Center is excited to carry out its mission of providing free health services to areas that are under-served when it comes to medical care.  The solar-powered van, with what […]

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Recognition for Seneca utilities and man-in-charge

In front of Seneca Council, there was recognition last night for the completed, multi-million dollar renovation project of the city’s water plant at Lake Keowee.  Bob Faires, utilities director, called attention to the receipt of an environmental certification awarded to the administrative building, along with an area environmental group’s naming of Seneca’s Steve Fletcher as operator of the year.  In […]

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“Overall, the new jail is serving our needs”

One year later, everything is not perfect with Oconee’s $16 million jail.  But Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says, “Overall, the new jail is serving our needs, providing for greater security for my staff and I believe better security for those detained or sentenced….”   Crenshaw has listed four features as examples of what’s going well: 1.       We now have an operational Inmate […]

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