John Murray on Oconee’s kind heart

OconeeCounty resident John Murray grew up in one part of the country, spent the main part of working career in another, and chose to spend his retirement years in still another part of the country.  He says, without a doubt, that when it comes to extending a helping hand to those in need, Oconeeans take no backseat to others.  Murray […]

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Farmers resolve to make voice heard

A sleeping giant may have been awakened in Oconee County. Its voice rang from a church last night in the heart of Oconee’s farming community. About 175 people attended the annual agriculture banquet, held last night at the South Union Baptist Church. They heard Eddie Martin, manager of the Oconee Soil and Water Conservation District, express an irritation that farmers’ […]

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15 of 25 arrested

By late yesterday afternoon, the Seneca police had counted 15 people in custody in their latest drug sweep. In this sweep, begun yesterday, morning the police target 25 people and are serving 44 arrest warrants. Chief John Covington says the charges alleged range from distribution of methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs and arise from a five-month undercover […]

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Appreciating Rosa Clark

Oconeeans with some of the kindest hearts in the county filled a large meeting room last night for the annual appreciation dinner for the Rosa Clark Medical Clinic. Located in Seneca, the clinic relies on volunteer professionals to dispense free medical services to many of those with few or no means to pays for them. Rosa Clark is the only […]

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30-year prison sentence

In Anderson, Shaine David Fischer pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to murder for his involvement in the deaths of Tony McGinnis and Andrea Kelley Mitchell. Judge Letitia Verdin sentenced Fischer to a total of 30 years—15 years on each of two counts and to be served consecutively. The Anderson Sheriff’s Office found the dis-membered bodies of McGinnis and […]

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Westminster retail store to close

A steady flow of customers walked into the Fred’s store in Westminster today.  But that retail store apparently is in its final days.  A sign outside reads store closing and everything on sale.  For comment, store personnel are referring 96.3/WGOG NEWS to Fred’s corporate headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Raising the “roof” for Oconee industry

If a new ordinance passes, Oconee County will lift the restriction against the height of an industrial building. First reading of ordinance 2014-28 is on the agenda next week for County Council. According to the particulars of the ordinance, the current 65-foot height limit would give way to a 200-foot limit. More than anything, District Two’s Wayne McCall says, this […]

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Additional suspects arrested

Besides the 25 people sought today in a Seneca drug sweep, the police are now reporting that an additional four people have been arrested. As part of those arrests, the crimes of possession of a stolen gun and marijuana possession are being alleged. Chief John Covington says it will be later today before details of those arrests are released.

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New drug sweep underway!

The scourge of drugs is under attack today in one Oconee County municipality. The police are attempting to sweep drug dealers from the streets of Seneca. Chief John Covington issued this statement to 96.3/WGOG NEWS: “We have kicked off another sweep of drug dealers to be arrested as of 7 am this morning. Our officers are being assisted by members […]

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