City leaders meet Eric Brown

Westminster’s newest policeman is Eric Brown. And last night Chief Dean Awalt introduced Brown to the mayor and city council. Awalt said he became familiar with Brown while the two worked for the Seneca Police Department. Brown has other law enforcement experience working for a sheriff’s office in Florida.

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Clemson University issues suspension

Clemson University officials have suspended all social and new-member initiation activities of 24 fraternities in the wake of several recent reports of violations of the law or student conduct code. “It is especially prudent to suspend fraternity activities given the tragic death of Tucker Hipps. There have been a high number of reports of serious incidents involving fraternity activities, ranging […]

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Hazing not involved, so far

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw has responded to speculation and what he calls innuendo, especially on social media, whether hazing played a part in Tucker Hipps’ death.  Crenshaw yesterday afternoon made this statement:  “So far, there has been no indication in the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office investigation that hazing played a part….Once again, the investigation is ongoing.  Sheriff’s Investigators continue to […]

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Student died of head injury

The autopsy showed that Clemson student Tucker Hipps died Monday of a head injury. And Coroner Karl Addis said the head injury to the 19-year old from Piedmont was “consistent with an unsupported fall.” Addis said this about the injury: “…it is consistent with him falling from one of the spans which is approximately 20 to 23 feet above the […]

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Seneca High’s Bergey is a Commended Student

Seneca High student Melissa Bergey is a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. According to Principal Cliff Roberts, commended students such as Melissa placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship QualifyingTest in 2013. She gets a letter of commendation to […]

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Preparing Walhalla for Streetscape

The Walhalla utilities superintendent, in the company of two out of towners, strolled Main Street downtown this afternoon—-interpreted as a sign of the oncoming project Streetscape. Scott Parris said a Duke Energy representative and an electrical engineer associated with the company designing Streetscape were having a look at Main Street downtown. “Right now we’re looking at the conduit routing for […]

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Stats show Oconee avoided summer scorch

Oconeeans who awoke this morning to fall-like temperatures need no calendar to remind them that the summer of 2014 is history. Perhaps, depending on your tolerance for the heat, will determine how you viewed the summer. For those who thought things unusually comfortable, statistics bear that out. At her Walhalla station, U-S Weather Observer Barbara Wilson noted only two days—July […]

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Voter Registration Day

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and the state Election Commission urges all South Carolinians to exercise the right to vote on November 4. The first step, however, is registering to vote for those who have not yet. The League of Women Voters holds a registration drive today on the bridge outside the Cooper Library at Clemson University. You can […]

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Student’s autopsy results to be announced

The spokesman for Oconee Sheriff’s Office says there is not a lot of new information this morning on the death of a 19-year old Clemson student.  Tucker Hipps was found in shallow water yesterday afternoon between the set of highway 93 bridges near the Y Beach.  A missing person report had been issued yesterday morning, and the campus police officer […]

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