Defendant changhes plea

An Oconee jury had been picked to hear the arson case against a man in a wheelchair, but the defendant stopped his trial this morning by pleading guilty to two charges.  For the crimes of arson third degree and throwing bodily fluids, Robert Clarence Walters was placed on home incarceration for five years.  The 46-year old Westminster man admitted that […]

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Seneca project deemed appropriate

A project planned by two homeowners on Seneca’s S. Cherry Street has been voted worthy of a certificate of appropriateness. At their City Hall meeting, the Board of Architectural Review approved the roof and chimney plans of Jack and Judith Zuverink at 410 S. Cherry. The project fell within the review of the board because of its location within the […]

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Piped sewer planned for lake home project

For a rare occasion, developers of a Lake Keowee home development plan to install piped sewer in place of the traditional septic tanks. The development is planned in the vicinity of South Cove Road near Seneca. And it’s a pleasing prospect to “FOLKS”—Friends of Lake Keowee. The organization strives to ensure that the lake, created as part of Duke Energy’s […]

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Back to jail for murder defendant

It’s back to jail for one Oconee County murder defendant. In the General Sessions Court, Judge Lawton McIntosh yesterday denied bond for Christine Davis Black. She and John Muriel Black Jr., are charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the stabbing death last month of Christine Black’s father, Donald Lee Davis. Investigators have said […]

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Oconee Medical Center posts July loss

More patients were using Oconee Medical Center last month, but other factors combined to make July another month of financial loss. The hospital directors received reports last night showing that higher than anticipated charity care and one-time expenses made for a negative bottom line of $245 thousand. July was the ninth month of the fiscal year for OMC. Strong patient […]

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TV show wants your “American treasures”

The national television show American Pickers has cash to buy what it considers your “American treasures”—such as motorcycles, old toys, and pre-1940 telephones. And the producers are coming to the Carolinas next month to film. The Oconee County chamber of commerce executive director says that means there’s a chance for you to make a deal with American Pickers. Jillian Lusk […]

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Special Walhalla election

The death last week of a Walhalla city councilwoman will require a special election the third week of November. Joy Scharich, director of Oconee registration and elections, has announced that Walhalla voters will be asked to go to the polls Tuesday, November 18 to fill the unexpired term of the late Kathy Rogers. At the time of her death, Rogers […]

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Clemson mourns the death of student

First-year student Virginia Gilliam of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Sunday morning at Anderson Area Medical Center. Virginia was a special education major who attended Wando High School.  She lived on campus in Manning Hall. There is no public health concern. Counseling and Psychological Services is providing grief counseling. Students who want to speak to a counselor should contact CAPS at 864-656-2451.

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Oconee takes hit on new Duke assessment

Oconee County appears to be in line for a hit of more than two and a half million dollars in this year’s Duke Energy tax bill. County Auditor Ken Nix this morning announced the state’s 2014 assessment of the electric utility’s holdings in Oconee dropped from $132.5 million in 2013 to 118.6 million for 2014. But Nix says the decrease […]

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