Stolen bus recovered

Oconee School District has been reunited with one of its activity buses stolen during the weekend in Walhalla.  The police say the bus was taken from the parking lot of Walhalla Middle School.  Chief Ronald Wilbanks says county officers found the bus apparently abandoned in a driveway outside the city.   An investigation is underway to determine who stole the bus […]

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Traffic accidents in Seneca and Walhalla

The police say those involved in a head-on crash early last night in Walhalla are fortunate. Capt. Paul Harris said there were no injuries at S. John and Broad streets, but the cars were destroyed.  A law enforcement source reports minor injuries occurred yesterday morning in Seneca in the crash of a city truck with another vehicle at E-S 2nd […]

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Walhalla home fire

Damage is described as serious as the result of a home fire late last night in Walhalla.  Oconee Fire Dispatch reported three people inside the home at 702 W-S Broad Street were able to get out of the home without injury.  Multiple fire units responded.  The first call came shortly after 9:30. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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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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