Police seize stolen motorcycle, arrest driver

A motorcycle, stolen in Clemson, turned up Tuesday night in Seneca where the police seized the Harley Davidson and arrested its driver. And now 29-year old Michael Lee Mauldin sits in the Oconee Jail—facing multiple charges, including possession of stolen goods. Two policemen, working as part of a narcotics operation on S. Walnut Street, spotted the motorcycle and suspected it […]

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Norman Dukes experiences a different “rural”

An Oconee County law enforcement officer’s long-distance walk is acquainting him with a rural part of South Carolina previously not experienced by him. As the school resource officer in Salem, Dukes is well familiar with the rolling hills of the upstate. But his last leg of a two-to-three year walk to benefit education has opened his eyes to a different […]

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Car crash in downtown Westminster

Three cars collided this morning in downtown Westminster. Though no one was hurt, part of E. Windsor Street in front of the Westminster Baptist Church was blocked for about one hour, as the police waited for the highway patrol to investigate. Chief Dean Awalt said his department requested a trooper because one of the drivers is a daughter of a […]

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Prediction: wet spring likely

The SavannahRiver basin remains an abnormally dry place, but there is a prediction for a recovery this spring.  The Army Corps of Engineers calls attention to this week’s prediction from the national climate center for a 58% chance of El Nino conditions (wet) through the spring of 2015.  None of the models of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration suggest a […]

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Century Farm designation

The South Carolina Century Farms Program, administered by the Pendleton District Commission, announces that the Thrailkill Family Farm in Chester County has been designated a South Carolina Century Farm. The farm was purchased by the family in 1909, and has been continuously owned by the family since then. The farm is currently owned by C. Earl and Elizabeth Thrailkill of […]

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Cleanup crew removes meth materials near Seneca

A state cleanup crew removed meth-making materials and equipment Tuesday from an arrest scene near Seneca. South of Seneca on the Argo Road, according to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, narcotics agents arrested and jailed Jerry Scott Gibson on charges of drug conspiracy and a temporary custody order. A warrant obtained yesterday by narcotics agents charges the 45-year old Gibson with […]

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Builder and associate eye old courthouse

Home builder Tom Markovich and an associate have something in mind for the former Oconee Courthouse, at Walhalla’s W. Main and S. Church Streets. Markovich and Herb Witter are preparing a proposal to be considered next week by the real estate, facilities and land management committee of the Oconee County Council. The meeting takes place at 7 o’clock Tuesday night, […]

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Halbig calls for a sitdown

Members of the public had things to say last night about expanding passenger bus service to the Walhalla and Westminster areas, but Oconee County Council did not receive an update on the plan to implement transit service. The reason for that, according to County Administrator Scott Moulder, is that there was no update available. There is sentiment on the council […]

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