Oconee’s famous and infamous history with booze

If you lived in Oconee County 100 years ago, you could have distinguished yourself by being a member of the county’s Temperance Association.  Prohibition was a sign of the times in the early 20th century.  Fast forward all those years to a time in Oconee where the attitude about drinking, especially on Sundays, is as permissive as ever.  Seneca’s Lowell […]

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Safety message from SC DOT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) urges motorists to stay off roads as at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges are closed due to historic flooding in South Carolina.  Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The average vehicle can be swept away in as a little as 12 inches of moving water and stalled out in as little […]

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For Oconee, the worst could be behind it

According to an Oconee emergency services official, “the worst of the worst” appear to be behind the county.  But that is not to say, says Scott Krein, that there could be more impact from rain and wind in the next day or so.  But, in fact, Oconee has been asked by the state to spare some of its personnel resources […]

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Lois Emerson Black Dyar

Lois Emerson Black Dyar, 94, of 248 Friendship Road, Seneca died Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  She was twice married, first to the late Voaid Black, and second to the late Joel Dyar.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Tuesday at Davenport Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  In place of flowers, the familoy requests donations […]

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Karine Adams

Karine “Kay” Adams, 61, of 595 N. Horseshoe Bridge Road, Westminster died Thursday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Charlie Holbrooks.  A graveside service will be 2 p-m Monday at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 prior to the service at the funeral home.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers are […]

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This is a good weekend to stay home!


Governor Haley urges South Carolinians to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel, and prepare for flooding and power outages.  The running count of rain since Thursday, by 7:30 this morning, stood around 1.75″, as reported by Barbara Wilson, the Official U-S Weather Observer in Walhalla.  But, of course, more is to come.  The governor’s office has this advice for those headed […]

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Plane victims identified


Oconee Coroner Karl Addis identified the fatal victims of yesterday’s plane crash as four men from Warsaw, Indiana–all of them on their way to the Oconee Regional Airport for tonight’s game at Death Valley.  Killed were the pilot Charles D. Smith, 71.  The three deceased passengers were Charles Smith’s son, Scott A. Smith, 44; Tony L. Elliott, 54; and Scott […]

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An alert to Clemson residents

The City of Clemson Stormwater Utility reminds all Clemson residents of the potential for severe flooding.  “If you become trapped please call the police department.  If the expected storms do come please be aware that no storm sewer system is built to handle the expected volume of water flowing.  If you have any questions or concerns caused by the storms […]

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Car stolen and others broken into

Someone apparently went on a crime spree Sunday, September 27 near Seneca. One or more individuals stole a car and broke into two others.  The Sheriff’s Office would like your help if you have information about the crimes, you are are eligible for a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest.  The crimes occurred at an apartment complex […]

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