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Ceremony to remember Oconeeans killed in Korea and Vietnam

September 5, 2013

A ceremony takes place Saturday in Westminster to remember those Oconeeans killed during the Korea and Vietnam periods. “My hat’s off to l the folks in Westminster who’ve seen fit to commemorate all the service of the wonderful veterans through the veterans park there,” Jerry Dyar says. Dyar, the Oconee Veterans Affairs Officer, says he…

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Held since early 2012, he awaits trial the longest

September 5, 2013

Inmate Timothy Ray Wirtz of Walhalla told Judge McIntosh this morning he wants to get his charges before the court. But it still may be weeks or longer before the state is ready to proceed with the case which alleges, among other charges, armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary. Deputy Solicitor David Wagner acknowledged that Wirtz,…

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Court appearance this morning for murder defendant

September 5, 2013

An Oconee County murder defendant appeared today in General Sessions Court. But later it was back to jail for Shane Adam Burdette of Westminster. Judge Lawton McIntosh revoked Burdette’s probation for a previous offense. He’s facing the charge of murder in the shooting death in July of James Evan Turner in the Blackjack Community near…

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Walhalla women running for council

September 5, 2013

By late this morning, two men and two women made up the field of candidates for Walhalla City Council. The latest filers were incumbent Jennifer Crawford, and challenger Frances Devoe. There’s word that least one more person intends to enter the fray by tomorrow’s noon deadline. Crawford’s intent to seek re-election means that, in the…

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Seat belt use rises in SC

September 5, 2013

North Carolina, once a leader in seat belt use, saw vehicle restraint usage drop statewide last year while South Carolina drivers and passengers buckled up more often. And, during a visit yesterday to Walhalla, Leroy Smith, director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, proudly said South Carolina’s rate rose from 86% in 2011…

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Sheriff: Barnes death still “open investigation”

September 5, 2013

Prosecutors were heard to say during the James Bartee trial that their office is satisfied that a shooting death more than two years was a case of self defense. But Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said his office still considers the death of Michael Shane Barnes an open investigation. On March 31, 2011, the body of…

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Remembering Charles Ellis “Tubby” Raines

September 5, 2013

A Seneca man in a wheelchair shot and killed more than 10 years ago is a cold case that Oconee Sheriff’s Office is circulating in hopes someone may know something that leads to his killer or killers. Investigators believe Charles Ellis “Tubby” Raines was more than likely killed August 28, 2002 before he was found…

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Lucas medical leave starts today

September 5, 2013

The medical leave of Oconee’s superintendent of education, Dr. Mike Lucas, starts today. He’s looking forward to receiving a new and improved aortic valve. In his place will sit Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations. Up to two months away from the job face Lucas. But on his morning blog today, he writes, “I…

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Colbert-Busch to speak at CU

September 5, 2013

Former congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert-Busch kicks off Clemson University’s Women’s Leadership speaker series next week with a talk at the Strom Thurmond Institute. She’ll talk with students about her decision to run for office, the challenges of the campaign and her vision for creating change in Washington. The event, at 5 o’clock Wednesday, September 11,…

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Walhalla hotel project moving, albeit slowly

September 5, 2013

John Powell champions Walhalla’s efforts to bring a new look to the downtown. But these days the real estate developer is immersed in his own project to develop a hotel a block west of the area targeted for Streetscape. Powell yesterday said the project being pursued by him and his partner, Jim Carswell, is moving,…

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  • October 22, 2014 10:00 amPreserving 101 for Beginners at the Salem Branch of the OCPL
  • October 24, 2014The Emerson Rose Heart Foundation’s 4th Annual Golf Tournamen
  • October 25, 2014 10:00 amCORVETTES AT TAMASSEE DAR School
  • October 25, 2014 4:00 pmWestminster First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat
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