The worst for Oconee pronounced past

Oconeeans awake this morning knowing that, for them, they escaped the full force of the weekend weather event that Governor Haley has suggested has not been felt in the state in one thousand years.  Yesterday the winds still had a kick and wet ground further weakened the base of several trees, but Oconee Emergency Services’ Scott Krein felt confident enough […]

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Two autopsies completed


Autopsies have been completed on two of the victims of Friday’s small plane crash in rural Oconee.  Coroner Karl Addis says pilot Charles Smith died of multiple injuries due to blunt force trauma.  Smith’s son, Scott, died of a fractured neck.  Post mortems take place this morning on the remaining two Indiana men—Tony Elliott and Scott Bibler.

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Fallen tree blocks 123 in Westminster

We’re hearing about an early morning electric power outage affecting Westminster customers.  County Disptach reports a large tree fell at 123/E. Main and Skyland Drive and that shut down the entire road.  By 5:30 this morning, the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 283 members without electricity.  The breakdown by counties is as follows:   ·         Anderson –          32 ·         […]

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Oconee’s famous and infamous history with booze

If you lived in Oconee County 100 years ago, you could have distinguished yourself by being a member of the county’s Temperance Association.  Prohibition was a sign of the times in the early 20th century.  Fast forward all those years to a time in Oconee where the attitude about drinking, especially on Sundays, is as permissive as ever.  Seneca’s Lowell […]

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Safety message from SC DOT

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) urges motorists to stay off roads as at least 211 state roads and 43 bridges are closed due to historic flooding in South Carolina.  Acting SCDOT Secretary Christy A. Hall said, “The average vehicle can be swept away in as a little as 12 inches of moving water and stalled out in as little […]

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For Oconee, the worst could be behind it

According to an Oconee emergency services official, “the worst of the worst” appear to be behind the county.  But that is not to say, says Scott Krein, that there could be more impact from rain and wind in the next day or so.  But, in fact, Oconee has been asked by the state to spare some of its personnel resources […]

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Lois Emerson Black Dyar

Lois Emerson Black Dyar, 94, of 248 Friendship Road, Seneca died Saturday at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  She was twice married, first to the late Voaid Black, and second to the late Joel Dyar.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Tuesday at Davenport Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park.  In place of flowers, the familoy requests donations […]

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Karine Adams

Karine “Kay” Adams, 61, of 595 N. Horseshoe Bridge Road, Westminster died Thursday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of Charlie Holbrooks.  A graveside service will be 2 p-m Monday at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family receives friends from 12:30-1:30 prior to the service at the funeral home.  Family members are at their homes.  Flowers are […]

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This is a good weekend to stay home!


Governor Haley urges South Carolinians to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel, and prepare for flooding and power outages.  The running count of rain since Thursday, by 7:30 this morning, stood around 1.75″, as reported by Barbara Wilson, the Official U-S Weather Observer in Walhalla.  But, of course, more is to come.  The governor’s office has this advice for those headed […]

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Plane victims identified


Oconee Coroner Karl Addis identified the fatal victims of yesterday’s plane crash as four men from Warsaw, Indiana–all of them on their way to the Oconee Regional Airport for tonight’s game at Death Valley.  Killed were the pilot Charles D. Smith, 71.  The three deceased passengers were Charles Smith’s son, Scott A. Smith, 44; Tony L. Elliott, 54; and Scott […]

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