Fire takes heavy toll

The Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting a Walhalla family displaced by last night’s home fire. The fire department considers 6 Keowee Street nearly destroyed as the result of a fire that burned through the home during the 9 o’clock hour. No one was hurt. Fire fighter Kevin Kisner says it’s not known yet where the fire […]

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Senate OKs the Keystone XL pipeline

After Senate action yesterday, the bill to authorize the Keystone XL pipeline is on the way to the desk of President Obama, and South Carolina’s U-S senators are calling for the President to sign it. Both Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham voted to support the pipeline and say the issue is jobs and energy independence. Scott said, “The hardworking employees […]

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“Fully committed to campus in Oconee County”

The commissioners who set the policy for Tri-County Technical College are meeting Monday at the main Pendleton campus, but there apparently will be no discussion of building an Oconee County campus. It’s not an agenda item. Rebecca Eidson, college spokeswoman, said, “While our target date for announcing a plan was the end of 2014, we are continuing to work with […]

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Second homicide case resolved today

For a second time today, the Oconee General Sessions Court accepted the guilty plea of a murder defendant to a lesser charge. Joshua Randall Ferguson this afternoon pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sent to prison for 15 years. The 15 years were recommended by assistant solicitor Blair Stoudemire, and Judge Lee Alford told Ferguson it’s a no-parole offense, […]

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Westminster sues its former bank

Westminster filed suit this week against the bank with which it maintained its general operating account until  four and a half years ago. The lawsuit, filed by city attorney Derek Enderlin, names First Citzens Bank and former police chief Scott Bannister as defendants. It’s an outgrowth of the embezzlement scheme to which Bannister pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced […]

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Guilty plea brings 22-year sentence

A Westminster man, originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this morning and was sentenced in the Oconee General Sessions Court. Joshua Michael Fulbright pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the beating death of Richard Alan Marszalek in late 2013 at an address on the W. Spearman Road and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Fulbright […]

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502 E. Main fetches one bidder

The for sale signs at 502 E. Main in Walhalla attracted one bidder. And Oconee County Council will be asked next week to approve the sale of the old house to Frances Dianne Wood. Her bid for the house and property amounts to $129 thousand, 501 dollars. Now that the house is no longer used for county offices, the county […]

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