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Jury convicted Timothy Ray Wirtz

October 18, 2013

A Walhalla area man, Timothy Ray Wirtz, received sentences this afternoon that send him to prison for 35 years. Wirtz is 31 years old. Wirtz was found guilty on all five charges that arose from an early 2012 set of crimes that amounted to the invasion of a man’s home. The defendant gets credit for…

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Ok’fest a gathering place for the candidates

October 18, 2013

Any time you have an event that attracts thousands of people, such as Walhalla’s Oktoberfest, you’ll have politicians. And you can expect politicians aplenty during the three-day weekend. Senator Lindsey Graham gave the featured talk during today’s luncheon. One of his challengers next year from within his party, Richard Cash, plans to be at Oktoberfest…

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Ok’fest luncheon precedes tonight’s opening ceremony

October 18, 2013

Decked out in lederhosen, Walhalla’s Duane Wilson gave a rousing welcome to the 35th Oktoberfest. The opening ceremony is set for 6 this evening. But, to many people, the real opening is the annual luncheon under the tent at Sertoma. And that’s where today’s crowd enjoyed German food and heard U-S Senator Lindsey Graham speak…

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Arrests last night and today

October 18, 2013

Arrests were made last night and as late as today in a case in which a youngster is described as the victim of sex offenses in Oconee County. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw confirmed the development early this afternoon, but added that the case is ongoing—with the chance for at least one more arrest. “Sheriff’s Office had…

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When two becomes one

October 18, 2013

Chairman Robert Halfacre of the Oconee Alliance said today that County Council will be asked to vote next month on the merger of the county Economic Development Commission with the public-private group Oconee Alliance. The blending of public and private sectors to advance economic development is said to have worked well elsewhere, and Oconee leaders…

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A county with a message to spread

October 18, 2013

Social media, paid radio ads, and newspaper articles are all avenues that Oconee County, from its corner perch in western South Carolina, is using to get its message out. Leaders hope that message will reach those who can make economic development happen—especially the creation of new jobs. And if indications given by the county’s economic…

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EDC to coordinate with JRSA

October 18, 2013

Bob Winchester is just the guy that Richard Blackwell is going to confer with when it comes to a couple of potential economic development projects affecting eastern Oconee County near Clemson. Blackwell is the Oconee economic development director and Winchester the director of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority. This morning Blackwell announced a company…

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Much talked addition at treatment plant

October 18, 2013

A long-talked about acquisition for the business of collecting Oconee wastewater is about to take shape at the county treatment plant at Seneca. Bob Winchester, executive director of the Coneross Wastewater Treatment Plant, told the county Economic Development Commission construction is imminent for a septage receiving facility worth $1 million. “The beneficiaries will be the…

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A commitment to gun safety

October 18, 2013

As far as Oconee Sheriff’s Office is concerned, anyone who keeps a gun should know how to safely handle that gun. Sgt. Mike McGowan, a certified range instructor, takes a frontline position when it comes to gun safety and ensuring that no one is shot by accident—whether that be with a gun held by a…

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Jail update from Sheriff Crenshaw

October 18, 2013

After a meeting yesterday, Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said about the project to build the replacement jail, “We are still making revisions in the design mainly the interior layout to accommodate our needs. The architects are supposed to have preliminary drawings by the end of next week,” he said.

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