Marryin’ judge eyes a new venue

Oconee County’s official marrying judge may have taken a back row position during Saturday’s crowded dedication of Walhalla’s Old St. John’s Meeting House, but he heeded the advice of another jurist who keynoted the ceremony. Circuit Judge Alex Macaulay suggested that, at least occasionally, Probate Judge Kenny Johns should leave his office at Pine Street and perform ceremonies of the […]

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Celebration opens Old St. John’s

A celebration Saturday morning made official Walhalla’s latest destination attraction. An open house and dedication allowed for the opening of Old St. John’s Meeting House on the grounds at Kaufman Square. Once an Episcopalian church, Old St. John’s has been transformed into a meeting venue and, as the dedication speaker noted, it’s to be a place for weddings. In his […]

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Testimony to resume September 29

The jury at Oconee Common Pleas Court heard testimony from Russell Reynolds III, son of the late Dorothy Reynolds. It appears that when testimony picks back up again Monday, September 29 the case will then switch to the defense. For nearly two weeks, the jury heard plaintiff’s witnesses in the case of alleged medical malpractice at the Seneca Health and […]

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Not giiving up on Covidien

It’s one thing for a company to say it will move part of its business to Central America, it’s another to be able to pull it off. And pulling it off apparently is something in the way of Covidien from closing its plant near Seneca and moving the business to Costa Rica. At this morning’s meeting of the Oconee Economic […]

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“2015 is going to look good”

For a couple of months, there has been ebb and flow in the Oconee County jobless rate—-6.7% in July to 7.3% in August, the last month for which the state reports figures. But Richard Blackwell predicts the local job picture will get better by year’s end and during 2015. Economic development recruiter Blackwell indicated to his board of directors today […]

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Seneca crimes and mishaps early today

The police in Seneca are looking for a robber this morning. The holdup took place around 3:30 at the Plez-U convenience store on S. Oak Street. No one hurt. Capt. Robert Tribble says a nearby incident of malicious damage is being evaluated to determine if it has a connection with the robbery. The police also investigated a moped accident at […]

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Judge to rule on bond request

The 10th Circuit Solicitor’s office and other parties in the case are awaiting a judge’s ruling on a renewed bond request for an Oconee County murder defendant. Judge Mark Hayes took under advisement yesterday’s request to set bond for Joshua Randall Ferguson, charged with murder in 2013 of Charles Benson Cantrell. The body was found face down behind a home […]

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