Coroner’s follow-up death-in-custody announcement

Coroner Karl Addis releases this follow-up announcement to his earlier reports on the death of an inmate in custody:  “I have had several email inquiries this (Monday)afternoon regarding the death of Mr. Ernest Lee Smalley, Jr. Mr. Smalley, 33, of Seneca, died at 6:33 pm in the intensive care unit at GMH on Tuesday evening October 27th.  Mr. Smalley sustained cardiac […]

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Stolen school bus found

A report this afternoon indicates that a stolen Oconee school activity bus has been found.  The bus was stolen from the parking lot of Walhalla Middle School during the weekend, and Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks believes county officers may have located the bus this afternoon in an area near Bear Swamp Road.  No arrests yet.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Family wants answers about inmate’s death

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The family of a Seneca man who died after being inside a holding cell at the Oconee Detention Center wants answers as to what happened and complained today they haven’t received as much communication as they would like.  Members of the family of Ernest Lee Smalley Jr. gathered on the sidewalk next to the Oconee Law Enforcement Center for a […]

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Mary Brooks Rholetter Turner

Mary Brooks Rholetter Turner, 83, of Westminster died Friday at Pruitt Health in Toccoa, Georgia.  The funeral will be 2 pm Monday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family is at the home of a son, Wayne Rholetter, 268 E. Bennett Road, Westminster, SC  29693.  Flowers accepted. Condolences may […]

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Vietnam theme to this year’s parade

About seven inches of rain so far this month—and more falling.  However, Oconee’s veterans appear to be in line for some good luck Wednesday.  Jerry Dyar, director of veterans’ affairs, says the forecast for calls for a sunny sky and temperatures in the 60s for the annual Veterans Day parade.  This year the parade will be in Westminster, and roll […]

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Veterans Day chapel at S. Wesleyan University

Plans are set for a Veterans Day chapel Wednesday at Southern Wesleyan University in Central.  A one-time battalion chaplain for U-S Army Central Headquarters in Kuwait, Taylor Kim will speak.  The chapel will take place at 10 a-m in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center.  Born in the Republic of Korea and the son of a […]

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Academic lectures next week at Seneca High

A program next week at Seneca High is designed to expose the local community to current research in science areas.  The Seneca High Junior Academy of Science has made arrangements for local college and university faculty, graduate students and professionals to come together to discuss what’s current in the research field.  The program takes place at 7 Tuesday night, November […]

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Clemson advisory lifted

The utilities department for the City of Clemson repealed the boil water advisory for residents of Monaco Estates.  Residents there no longer need to vigorously boil their water prior to drinking or cooking.  Water samples from the water line repair were analyzed and, according to the city’s announcement late Friday afternoon, were  found to be safe.  If you have any […]

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Callers threaten “to destroy” Seneca

The aftermath of the shooting death of a young man in Seneca has taken an even darker turn.  After a policeman shot dead Zachary Hammond in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, the city has received numerous inquiries—some of them from callers who falsely claim to be members of the media.  According to the city’s latest newsletter, the callers in […]

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