Capt. Underwood “Office of the Year”

The road patrol captain in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Jeff Underwood, is the county’s Officer of the Year.” Underwood was so awarded this week during the Ninth Annual Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw praised Underwood for departing from conventional thinking to accomplish goals and tasks. The officer was recognized for his efforts to secure […]

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Tech governing board elects officers

The governing board for Tri-County Technical College has in place a new slate of officers for the year 2014. At the head of the table is Anderson resident Leon “Butch” Harris III who was elected chairman. Harris, an Anderson County representative on the Tech commission, is project manager for new business growth at Koyo Bearings, USA (formerly Torrington and later […]

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Motorist charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol

Road patrol operations by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office netted the arrests of a driver and his passenger—one of whom was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol. Jackie Lee Webb Jr., 26, of Mitchell Drive, Seneca was charged with the gun offense as well as traffic charges including driving under suspension. Webb’s passenger, 28-year old Hollie Michelle Henderson of the […]

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Judge: “Evidence was compelling”

An Oconee jury returned quick verdicts this afternoon against a young man arrested in a drug store burglary near Seneca. The verdicts were guilty to the charges of burglary second degree and theft of a controlled substance. And the judge’s sentence sends Josh Toney to prison for 18 months. Toney is 32 years old. The crimes occurred in May 2011 […]

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48-year old man implicated in burglary near Seneca

One man is the accused burglar. A second is the man who authorities believed helped orchestrate the crime. Two Oconeeans have been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office and charged as the result of a burglary two weeks ago near Seneca—on Sugar Hill Road. Arrest warrants charge Kevin Wayne Maler, 48, of C-Avalon Drive, Walhalla with second degree burglary and petty […]

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Prosecution rests, trial turns to defense

A trial at Walhalla resumes at 1:30 this afternoon, and the defense will get a chance in front of the jury. Joshua Toney, early 30s in age, is standing trial on charges of burglary second degree and theft of controlled substance—having been arrested in 2011 within one month of a burglary at the Drive-Thru of America pharmacy at Seneca. The […]

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Woods and porch fire at the Cliffs

Salem Fire Department is trying to determine which fire started first—the woods fire or a fire on the porch of a home. The fire fighters were called early last night to 2608 Edgewater Point in the home development Cliffs at Keowee Falls. 96.3/WGOG NEWS incorrectly placed the location for last night’s fire on Longshore Drive. Salem Fire Marshal Joe Nichols […]

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Lucas retiring, Thorsland in his place

A breaking story at mid-morning: Oconee School District announces the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas, a nine-year administrator with the county schools. In his place as interim superintendent will be Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent of operations. Lucas’s retirement date is Friday, May 2.  The news has been greeted with surprise.  Lucas shared what he told his staff:  “One […]

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Growing season burns a natural ecological process

If you see or smell smoke near one of the South Carolina DNR’s heritage preserves or wildlife management areas this spring and summer, it may be coming from a prescribed fire. Prescribed burns (also called controlled burns) are generally conducted in the dormant season, mostly in late winter and very early spring. But periodic burns in the growing season can […]

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Possible telephone scam

The South Carolina Department of Revenue warns taxpayers that someone has been making calls from a 512 area code purporting to be from the “SC Tax Commission” and wanting to confirm taxpayers’ Social Security numbers. All state Department of Revenue calls originate from a South Carolina area code. Everyone should be cautious when receiving a call from an outside source […]

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