Rotarians pepper Cain over broadband

The multi-year project to bring access to high-speed internet across Oconee County, in the opinion of the newest county councilman, has made for concern and excitement. But Paul Cain concedes that, of late, there has been more concern over FOCUS broadband—the rising costs and complaints that members of the public still can’t hook on. Cain fielded questions at this afternoon’s […]

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Man arrested in 10-year old burglary case

With help from Pickens County, Oconee sheriff’s officers have arrested a man wanted on charges arising from crimes 10 years ago. Law enforcement reports show Rodney Edrew Hendricks arrested and charged with burglary and theft May 2, 2004 at a home near Seneca. It was a back-door burglary, in which the homeowner was out of town. Taken were several guns. […]

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Hungry burglar in Salem

  The burglar that made his way into a store in Salem early yesterday morning was hungry. In the incident, the Dollar General on Main Street lost beef jerky and other snack items that carried a value of under $2 thousand. A deputy sheriff who responded to the crime found evidence of a burglary and blood on both the door […]

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Toccoa native serves aboard USS Alaska

Toccoa, Georgia native Harrison Walsch serving in the U-S Navy is part of a crew aboard one of the world’s advanced ballistic missile submarines—the USS Alaska. Petty Officer Walsch serves as a missile technician aboard the Kings Bay, Georgia-based boat. The submarine measures 560 feet long, 42 feet wide and weighs more than 16,500 tons. Nuclear power propulsion helps push […]

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Coroner rules Marcello’s death accidental

Tuesday night’s death of a 49-year old Walhalla man has been classified accidental by the Oconee County coroner. Karl Addis, the coroner, announces yesterday’s autopsy on the body of Michael Joseph Marcello showed smoke inhalation as the cause of death. The fire occurred in the Marcello home in Walhalla’s Mountain View subdivision, on North Andover Drive. No one else was […]

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Howard’s Rock defendants await trial

The two North Carolina men arrested a year ago and charged with vandalizing the iconic symbol of Clemson football, Howard’s Rock, a year later have yet to see their cases resolved in a criminal court. But that could soon change. A spokeswoman for the 13th Circuit Solicitor confirms that her office intends to try the cases by the end of […]

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“Economic development project coming to town”

Oconee’s economic development recruiter heralds the coming of a new employer. And it appears, from remarks by Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance, that the new employer from Anderson is going to occupy a former Beacon warehouse building on 123 near 11 and employ 50 workers. Asked about comments attributed to him at a Seneca Rotary Club meeting this […]

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Dillard House executive died Sunday

The death this week of the president/CEO of the Dillard House in Rabun County, John Dillard, has shaken that northeast Georgia county. A private memorial service is planned for the 69-year old Dillard. The family has released this statement: “John’s wife (Louise D. Dillard) and his two children, Natalie Dillard Cross and John Earl Dillard, will continue their best efforts […]

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Prize awarded to young library patron

 Summer time reading has paid off for one Oconee County teenager. Julia Jessop received a pair of Beats by Dre headphones for completing the Oconee Public Library’s teen summer reading program. Julia completed ten required literacy tasks and qualified for the grand prize drawing. The headphones were presented by Youth Services Librarian Stacie Powell and Seneca Branch Manager Emily Sluder. […]

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