Plaintiff’s lawyer: facility “chronically short-staffed”

An attorney for the plaintiff says an elderly Walhalla woman died in the hospital after being a patient in a nearby privately-run nursing and rehabilitation facility. Attorney Kenneth Connor, in an opening statement to the jury today, blamed the Seneca Health and Rehabilitation Center for being short-staffed and for increasing profitability by cutting labor costs. The plaintiff’s attorney outlined evidence […]

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Rape and kidnapping alleged

The rape of a woman is alleged to have occurred last week at a rural Oconee County intersection, and the incident has led the Sheriff’s Office to jail a 48-year old man. Arrest warrant affidavits allege Michael Anthony Gilmore of Ginger Drive, Westminster committed kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree Friday, September 5 at South Carolina 24 and Crossroads […]

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Duke amends 2014 Oconee assessment

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix announced today that Duke Energy has changed its Oconee assessment for this year, and the correction will equate to an increase for the county.  Nix says his office received word late last week from the state Department of Revenue that Duke had made an error in York County and the result is that Duke’s Oconee assessment, […]

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Tech commissioners set workshop meeting

An agenda is set for a workshop meeting this weekend for the policymakers for Tri-County Technical College. The commissioners are traveling to Asheville, North Carolina for a three-day meeting at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. The commissioners will hear from Tech President Dr. Ronnie Booth and spend time on their strategic plan and goals, but a college spokeswoman says this […]

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Theft on the Tokeena Road

A 2006 Yamaha Rhino was stolen Sunday on Tokeena Road south of Seneca. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of this all-terrain vehicle and trailer and would like the public’s help to solve the crime. The crime scene was near Cross Creek subdivision and the time of the theft may have been between midnight Thursday to Sunday. The owner […]

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Jury in place for lengthy trial

A jury is in place for the start of an Oconee County civil court trial that the judge predicts could last two weeks. According to one of the lawyers, the jury can expect to hear the testimony today of as many as five plaintiff’s witnesses in the case of Reynolds versus Sava Senior Care, also known as Seneca Health and […]

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Couple’s last moments re-traced

The husband and wife from Iva who lost their lives in Saturday night’s five-vehicle accident near Seneca were in Oconee County that day remodeling a home not far from the accident scene. Coroner Karl Addis said he learned in a phone call today that Michele and Joshua Adam Silvers had worked on a house at the intersection of highway 28 […]

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Jury qualifying begins

The Oconee Common Pleas judge gave a hint this afternoon that a trial alleging medical malpractice could last two weeks. This afternoon began the process of qualifying the jury pool to be considered for the jury. That panel is to hear testimony in the case of Russell Reynolds, personal representative of the estate of Dorothy Reynolds, against Sava Senior Care, […]

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Jurors who failed to report for duty

Some 100 Oconee County residents who failed to comply with a jury summons this afternoon can expect to get a call from the Sheriff’s Office. Judge Cordell Maddox made the announcement in the Oconee Common Common Pleas Court in Walhalla, after finding out that only 71 members of a 175-member jury pool were seated in the courtroom by this afternoon’s […]

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