Tri-counties remain in severe drought

Wet pavements indicate a light rain fell during the night, but the drought remains severe for Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties.  Elsewhere, adequate winter rain has allowed for an upgrade in the status of 15 other South Carolina counties.  All counties in the northeast region maintained their current statuses of no drought.  Richland and Lexington counties, in the central region […]

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West Union home fire

Fire struck a West Union home around 2:30 yesterday afternoon on Linhart Road near Anderson Street.  No one reported hurt, but the Red Cross says five adults and one child were displaced by the damage.  Disaster-trained Red Cross volunteers provided immediate financial assistance for temporary lodging and the replacement of food and clothing, along with comfort kits, containing personal hygiene […]

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Litter measured nine feet tall, 15 feet wide

An Oconee County man has been arrested on the charge of littering.  It’s an allegation against a 39-year old man who is accused of dismantling a structure on the Theo Martin Road near Westminster and dumping the remains and contents on a neighboring property without permission.  The man charged has been identified as Terry Richard Gassaway, and authorities list two […]

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Walhallan shares thoughts on Black History

  A white Walhalla area resident remembers disadvantages that blacks encountered before the Civil Rights era ushered in an end to segregation.  And Jim Sanders remembers that as a white person he felt guilty.  For whatever reason, he was not mindful of prejudice while growing up and playing baseball in a Walhalla mill community.  He excelled at the game and […]

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New venue for Black History luncheon

Limited seats remain for next week’s Seneca luncheon to observe Black History Month.  The luncheon is free to the community and has been moved this year to the Seneca Family Life Center at 298 S. Poplar Street to accommodate a larger crowd.  You can reserve a seat by calling 710-9994.  Shelby Henderson, manager of the Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum, […]

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It’s the South’s version of Punksutawney Phil

The Lake Hartwell radio station WLHR in Lavonia was represented this Groundhog Day morning near Atlanta, to wait for the appearance of General Beauregard Lee.  Folks from across Georgia were in Lilburn when General Lee made his annual appearance. He emerged from his mansion this morning at 7:30 AM to see about 100 smiling faces to greet him. It was a […]

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The suspense ends tomorrow morning!

Two meetings tomorrow for the new Oconee County Council.  The agenda for 8:30 in tomorrow morning calls for the council to select a replacement for Beth Hulse, who resigned as Clerk to Council and took a job in the private sector.  After that special meeting, the council is to convene a retreat meeting where the agenda calls for a financial […]

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Year one savings amounted to $110 thousand

Oconee County’s arrangement with a Tennessee health care provider for inmates saved the county more than $110 thousand dollars in the first year.  And that figure mirrored what Sheriff Mike Crenshaw told the county council in 2015 when he requested and received approval to outsource the job of medical care to Southern Health Partners of Chattanooga.  Crenshaw disclosed the figure […]

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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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