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School resource officer calls it a career

August 19, 2013

An Oconee school resource officer has stepped down as a full-time law enforcement officer. Jerry Turner will now serve as a reserve deputy for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. Turner served as West-Oak High School’s resource officer. Earlier in his career he was a Walhalla policeman and served a stint as police chief.

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Defense lawyer: “We’re very, very pleased”

August 16, 2013

An Oconee jury made quick work of its deliberations. In a case that alleged medical malpractice, the jury ruled in favor of Dr. Frank Rao, the defendant. Rao’s lawyer, Pat Paschal, said of Rao, “He was exonerated of allegations that have been going on for over three years that he has had to live with….The…

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Verdict in!

August 16, 2013

The Oconee jury today ruled for the defendant. Pat Paschal, defense lawyer, says the verdict means exoneration for his client, Dr. Frank Rao of Seneca, in a case that alleged medical malpractice.

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Arrests in Howard’s Rock case

August 16, 2013

Two North Carolina men have been arrested in the case of vandalism at the iconic symbol of Clemson football—Howard’s rock. Campus police charged Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest and Alden James Garvey, 17, of Brevard each with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice. The two men appeared before a Pickens County magistrate…

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Case bound for the jury

August 16, 2013

The case alleging medical malpractice against an Oconee surgeon appears on its way this afternoon to the jury room. Defendant Dr. Frank Rao testified this morning in his defense. His testimony was the last of the week-long trial. The lawyers on both sides were making their final arguments. Then, the judge charges the jury on…

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“On bended knee” if needed, Crenshaw says

August 16, 2013

The Oconee Sheriff has given Walhalla the county’s official request for the city to make a zoning exception that would allow a new jail—just to the north side of the existing detention center. At City Hall this morning, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw gave City Administrator Nancy Goehle five pages of completed forms to start a process…

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“Bi-lateral vocal chord paralysis”

August 16, 2013

The defendant took the stand this morning in the Oconee Common Pleas Court and started to answer questions from his attorney, in defense of the medical malpractice allegations against him. Dr. Frank Rao gave an explanation of the complications in the 2009 thyroidectomy to remove a cancerous gland from patient Cassie Sweenor. Rao told the…

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Old St. John’s addition to be re-bid

August 16, 2013

The one bid received to build bathrooms at Walhalla’s Old St. John’s Meeting House project came in too high. The city is now re-opening the work. Interested contractors should get in touch with Scott Parris at the City Hall. In the meantime, according to an announcement by Old St John’s supporters Maxie Duke and Frank…

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Copper thieves strike Oconee County

August 16, 2013

Thieves in search of copper to re-sell have struck once again in Oconee County. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft this week of 500 pounds of bare bright copper from HHH Recycling near Westminster. The stolen copper has an estimated value of $1,550. The thieves are also suspected of inflicting $5 thousand worth of…

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Trial moves into day five

August 16, 2013

A civil trial alleging medical malpractice moves into day five today in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. For the defense, more doctors yesterday testified in favor of Dr. Frank Rao, saying the Oconee surgeon, in their review of the medical records, rendered proper care and made correct decisions in treating a 26-year old woman who…

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  • October 1, 2014Oconee County Humane Society Fundraiser
  • October 3, 2014 10:30 amLeTourneau-WABCO Employee Reunuion
  • October 3, 2014 3:00 pmBenefit for Phillip Brucke
  • October 4, 2014 6:00 pmOle Country Church Singing
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