Sheriff appeals budget cuts

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw objected last night to County Council’s decision to pare the proposed budget to the extent that it will deny the Sheriff’s Office $220 thousand dollars. Reading from a prepared statement, Crenshaw told the council that the cuts come at a time when the public is demanding more of his office—such as more patrols, more drug enforcement, […]

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Blue Ridge called to power mishaps

Electric power mishaps in the Seneca area during the night. A tree fell onto a power line in the Tokeena Community. A second downed tree caused a power outage along the Shiloh Road in the vicinity of Clay Drive. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative crews responded. And a fire was reported around 7:30 last night in the county landfill on the […]

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Chamber shines the spotlight

At a dinner last night, the Oconee Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its spotlight business awards. The winners were named from the results of more than 1,300 votes cast by the public between April 28 and May 9. All winners demonstrate exceptional business practices. This year’s winners are Bill and Phyllis Thraves, Hall of Fame award; YoGo Express, […]

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Water line break in Seneca

Part of Seneca’s North Walnut Street has been closed temporarily while workers restore the roadway after a water line break during the night. It was a 16-inch line. Bob Faires, utilities director, says service has been restored, but utility crews and a contractor will need more time. And that means that N. Walnut, between 2nd and 4th streets, is closed […]

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Cain write-in winner

Paul Cain 309 write-in votes. Ernest Riley, 269. After a long night of counting, Oconee Elections Director Joy Brooks declared Cain the unofficial winner to fill the remaining months of the late Archie Barron’s term on county council. In racking up a 40-vote margin, Cain captured four of the six voting precincts. “I’m very happy that the voters have chosen […]

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Hand count required for today’s votes

A hand count will be required for the votes cast in today’s special General Election for Seat 3, Oconee County Council. That’s likely to mean more time before the result is known. From County Elections, we’re told the election is proceeding smoothly. However, some people who live outside the district have presented themselves at the polls today and it has […]

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Jury returns guilty verdict in bank robbery case

A jury at Pickens today returned a guilty verdict against a 49-year old Piedmont man, charged two years ago with robbing Bank of America on Main Street, Pickens. Judge James Barber ordered Vincent Missouri to go to prison for 20 years–a sentence that’ll require Missouri to serve 17 of the 20 years. Missouri got away from the bank with $1,750.00, […]

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Westminster man’s ordeal

A college student in Tennessee from South Carolina has returned to Westminster for the start of his recuperation from spinal cord injuries. Austin Holland was hurt April 15 when he fell from a steep roof and broke several bones, including vertebrae. Holland already has completed one stay at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta, but he will return for what’s described […]

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Violence in the home

 Charges of unlawful neglect of a child and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature have been placed against a 31-year old Fair Play woman. The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest yesterday of Sunni Marie Jenkins of N. Davis Drive as the result of an incident alleged to have occurred April 7. Jimmy Watt, Sheriff’s spokesman, says arrest […]

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Reward set in Toccoa, Georgia homicide case

 A reward fund has been established for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible for the murder in March of a 28-year old man at Toccoa, Georgia. Montevious Flentall was found dead at 8 o’clock on the morning of March 18 on Pageland Drive. Three persons were seen leaving the area in a gray Ford […]

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