Shan Thrift Pate

Shan Thrift Pate died Friday.  The life of the Westminster native will be celebrated at 3 pm Wednesday at John’s Creek Baptist Church, 6910 McGinnis Ferry Road, Alpharetta  30005 with visitation to follow. A graveside service will be 11 a-m Thursday at Oconee Memorial Park, 1923 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Seneca, SC  29672. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting […]

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Glenn H. Towe

Glenn H. Towe, Command Sergeant Major, U-S Army Ret., 89, died Sunday at the Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Hospice Unit in Murfreesboro, TN.  He was the widower of Marian McGuffin Towe.  The funeral will be 2 pm Thursday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with full military rites.  Entombment follows in the Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum.  The family receives friends […]

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Late night police chase Oconee-Anderson

Stanley Milland Ledford

A late night police chase that started on the West Pine Grove Road in southern Oconee County stretched into Anderson.  The deputy who apprehended the suspect used TAZER before Stanley Milland Ledford  of Townville was handcuffed and taken into custody.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the 56-year old Ledford was charged with failure to stop for a blue light […]

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Superintendent reflects on Tamassee-Salem decision


Some words of reflection today from the Oconee superintendent of education on the controversial action to close Tamassee-Salem’s middle and high school.  Dr. Michael Thorsland remains convinced that the administration’s recommendation and the school board’s vote were correct, but he does concede that Tamassee-Salem parents have the right to be upset.  Especially those, he said, who are the parents of […]

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History to be made Thursday in Seneca

The public this week gets a sneak preview of a new history museum in Seneca.  Ribbon-cutting at the Bertha lee Strickland Cultural Museum takes place 11:30 Thursday morning at 208 W-S 2nd Street.  A network of two houses, the museum will celebrate the Golden Corner’s rich African-American history and culture.  Until her death in 1971, Bertha Lee Strickland lived in […]

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Streetscape on the job before the rain hits

With heavy rain in the forecast tomorrow, Streetscape workers are back on the job today to pour sidewalk on the north side of Main Street.   Fort Hill is to finish the gas line work in front of Arby’s.  Striping will start between Tugaloo and Catherine.  Contractor Hutch ‘N Son requests that everyone pay attention to both entrances to the 4 […]

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A Miss and a Mister West-Oak

West-Oak High School has a new slate of pageant winners.  Morghen Davis emerged from Saturday night’s pageant with the title of Miss West-Oak.  Her court includes Carly Waldroup, Miss Senior; Kennedy Burton, Miss Junior; Zoe Corbett, Miss Sophomore; and Gracie Holbrooks, Miss Freshman.  During intermission, Price Ratliff was crowned Mr. West-Oak.   

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Additional arrests in drug sweep

Six additional drug suspects have been apprehended in what Oconee Sheriff’s Office calls “Operation Ice Chizel.”  Yesterday’s announcement states that the six bring to 14 the number of those who have been rounded up so far.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said, “This drug round-up is focused on our continued efforts to further disrupt the distribution and trafficking of methamphetamine in Oconee […]

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Refugees not welcome here

The violence in the Middle East is thousands of miles from Oconee County’s front door.  But those who are being displaced from their countries are not likely to encounter a welcome mat in Oconee.  At its meeting tonight, there is to be first and final reading of a resolution to declare that the county will not take part in the […]

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