The Legion names Office of the Year

An Oconee sheriff’s officer has been named the 2015 American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The award, for Corp. Charles Mulwee, was presented last night during the annual Jake Robinson Law Enforcement Dinner in Seneca. Mulwee serves as resource officer for Oconee’s elementary schools. He acts as a mentor and focuses on drug prevention. The dinner is an […]

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Scott to chair banking and housing subcommittee

U-S Senator Tim Scott, serving his first, full six-year term, has been named chairman of the banking, housing and urban affairs subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development. The Charleston Republican made this statement on his appointment: “I truly believe housing is a key component of the American Dream, and I look forward to our work on the subcommittee helping […]

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Accused Oconee burglar arrested in Abbeville

The investigation of a home burglary in Oconee’s Wolfstake community has led county deputies to Abbeville, where their suspect was taken into custody. According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, 29-year old Walhalla resident Nathan Lee Sloan was since lodged in the Oconee Detention Center. Arrest affidavits accuse Sloan of larceny and burglary first degree January 5 at a home on […]

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Upstate breathing cleaner air, however….

An official of South Carolina DHEC says Upstate residents are breathing significantly cleaner air than three years ago, but there is still a chance the region will face EPA restrictions once new emission standards are announced later this year. The comments by DHEC’s Brian Barnes were made last week to the Upstate Air Quality Advisory Committee, of which Art Holbrooks, […]

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Frontier encampment

 If you are looking for an unusual way of treating your loved one on Valentine’s Day, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism hopes you will consider a visit to one of Oconee County’s most historic plots of land. A frontier encampment takes place Saturday, February 14 at the Oconee Station State Historic Site as a way to […]

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All road patrol officers wear body cameras

During the year 2014, every deputy in the road patrol division of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, along with two officers from the warrants division, were equipped with body cameras. It was May 2013 when the Sheriff’s Office began equipping deputies with the TASER AXON Flex body cameras. They can be clipped to the officers’ clothing or worn on a special […]

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West Union mail thefts

An 83-year old man was arrested by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office for allegedly taking mail from two road side boxes at West Union. Roy Englannd Norvell of Franklin, North Carolina was placed in the Oconee Jail Sunday on the charge of simple larceny after he was approached by plainclothes officer Scott Arnold on West Union’s Main Street. According to an […]

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Animal Shelter to benefit from wine-tasting event

An event Valentine’s Day at Keowee Key will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Oconee County Animal Shelter near Seneca. A group that helps the shelter sponsors a wine-tasting at the Keowee Key Activity Center Saturday, February 14 beginning at 5 p-m. Tickets are $20 and should be purchased in advance. Forl tickets, call Jean Stappler at 944-8155. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Parties agree to dismissal

The civil lawsuit Bartee versus Blackwell is no more. The parties have signed a stipulation of dismissal, and an officer of the Oconee Common Pleas Court says it’s a dismissal “with prejudice”—meaning the case cannot be brought back. In 2012, James Bartee waged a campaign for Oconee Sheriff, only to see that campaign collapse when he was arrested and later […]

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