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A young life cut short by stranglers

June 26, 2013

Sixteen years ago a Clemson student was so close to campus, yet so far from safety. Stacey Brooke Holsonback was found strangled on the Lake Hartwell side of Oconee County February 20, 1997. She was 19 years old and never able to pursue her degree and dreams and aspirations of a life ahead. It’s a…

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BASF makes appeal tomorrow night

June 26, 2013

A long-time Oconee manufacturer is in hopes of a good outcome tomorrow night at the county board of zoning appeals. BASF near Seneca seeks a special exception to allow for a new building on its property to exceed the county’s 65-foot height limit. Frank Lansom-Scribner, site manager, said his company plans a 90-foot high building…

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OGS trial underway

June 26, 2013

The General Sessions trial of a man charged with distributing methamphetamine resumes at 9:30 this morning at the Oconee Courthouse. Defendant in the case is Gregory Lee Murphy. Yesterday the prosecution called several witnesses including one woman who acted as a drug buyer for law enforcement.  

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Fire causes a brief evcacuation

June 26, 2013

A midnight hour fire at a manufacturing plant near Walhalla forced a brief evacuation of the employees. But Oconee County Dispatch describes the furnace fire at the back of the Koyo Bearings Plant on Torrington Road as small, although it created smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished and the workers were allowed to return to…

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Drowning victim may still be in Sockem Dog Rapid

June 26, 2013

Crews spent nine hours yesterday on the Chattooga searching for Thomas Hill’s body. Incident Commander Scott Loftis says two dogs indicated the Florida man may still be in the Five Falls area and two different dogs join the recovery operation today to see if they respond in the same area. Since last week’s raft mishap,…

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Deliverance director’s son returns to the river

June 25, 2013

Englishman John Boorman’s work directing and producing the major motion picture hit “Deliverance” in the early 1970s, in a sense, will come full circle July the 4th week when Boorman’s son, Charley, returns to camp alongside and shoot a video of the famed Chattooga river. Oconee’s Mountain Lakes CVB will play host to the Boorman…

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Awaiting the Chief Executive’s vetoes

June 25, 2013

At a late afternoon news conference, Governor Haley is to announce which legislative session bills she’s vetoing. Among those anxiously awaiting the news is Senator Thomas Alexander, the Oconee-Pickens Republican. He thinks the first term governor may slice spending bills amounting to more than $100 million.  

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“If an offer is too good to be true”

June 25, 2013

Oconee Sheriff’s Office warns county residents of two possible scams that have targeted one person in Westminster. Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the sheriff’s Department, details the experience of a woman last week and in early May. A caller June 13 claimed to be an individual from Publishers Clearinghouse, but the call originated from an 876…

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Pavement markings to be replaced

June 25, 2013

The pavement markings, center line and edge line striping are going to be replaced this week on HiTech Road near Seneca. It means the road that serves as a connector between Wells Highway and 123, the Sandifer Boulevard, will be temporarily closed. The temporary closure begins at 12:30 a-m Thursday. According to Mack Kelley, Oconee…

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Sign that electric buses on the way

June 25, 2013
Sign that electric buses on the way

A Seneca City Hall meeting served as a sign this morning that, after all the talk, electric-powered buses are on the way. In fact, Ed Halbig says, one of the four buses ordered by Seneca is nearly finished. Today’s meeting was mandatory, pre-bid meeting for companies interested in providing the road and sidewalk infrastructure necessary…

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