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The judges make their choices!

September 6, 2013

An apple pecan pie proved tasty enough for the judges to award Westminster’s Beulah Farmer as overall winner in this year’s adult division of the South Carolina Apple Festival baking contest. Judges Ken Sloan, Phil Shirley, and Ray Chandler had their work cut out for them. They had to sample all sorts of entries—pies, cakes,…

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WHS site goes “vertical”

September 6, 2013

A period of dry weather has allowed workers to make strides at the property for the new high school near Walhalla. Dr. Michael Thorsland, acting superintendent of education, pronounced the work site as having gone “vertical” in the last few days. A couple of walls have gone up and are especially visible, Thorsland says, for…

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Burns Mill Bridge re-opens

September 6, 2013

A bridge replacement project has been completed, and the state DOT plans to re-open the Burns Mill Road Bridge near West Union around 9 o’clock this morning. Traffic has detoured around the bridge since March 2012 when the DOT announced the discovery of a deteriorated bridge pile. According to DOT workers, the first sign this…

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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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