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Top Gun Jonathan Hodge

August 19, 2013

The courses that Jonathan Hodge took in college pointed him to a career in law enforcement. In his training for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, Hodge distinguished himself with his proficiency in handling weapons. The Sheriff’s Office announces that Hodge has become the second graduate of the state Criminal Justice Academy since Sheriff Mike Crenshaw took…

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Adult education switching to computer tests

August 19, 2013

A sea change ahead in the testing method for the high school equivalent of a diploma through adult education. Beginning after the first of 2014, the test for the GED will be computer-based only. After January, no more paper tests will be administered. In the interim, Oconee Adult Education is accepting students free of charge…

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17 finish requirements for summer diplomas

August 19, 2013

The latest high school graduates in Oconee County are those students who this summer completed requirements for their diplomas. Commencement ceremonies were held August 13 at Walhalla High for 17 graduates. The graduates came from three of the county’s high schools.    

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School resource officer calls it a career

August 19, 2013

An Oconee school resource officer has stepped down as a full-time law enforcement officer. Jerry Turner will now serve as a reserve deputy for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. Turner served as West-Oak High School’s resource officer. Earlier in his career he was a Walhalla policeman and served a stint as police chief.

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Defense lawyer: “We’re very, very pleased”

August 16, 2013

An Oconee jury made quick work of its deliberations. In a case that alleged medical malpractice, the jury ruled in favor of Dr. Frank Rao, the defendant. Rao’s lawyer, Pat Paschal, said of Rao, “He was exonerated of allegations that have been going on for over three years that he has had to live with….The…

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Verdict in!

August 16, 2013

The Oconee jury today ruled for the defendant. Pat Paschal, defense lawyer, says the verdict means exoneration for his client, Dr. Frank Rao of Seneca, in a case that alleged medical malpractice.

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Arrests in Howard’s Rock case

August 16, 2013

Two North Carolina men have been arrested in the case of vandalism at the iconic symbol of Clemson football—Howard’s rock. Campus police charged Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest and Alden James Garvey, 17, of Brevard each with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice. The two men appeared before a Pickens County magistrate…

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Case bound for the jury

August 16, 2013

The case alleging medical malpractice against an Oconee surgeon appears on its way this afternoon to the jury room. Defendant Dr. Frank Rao testified this morning in his defense. His testimony was the last of the week-long trial. The lawyers on both sides were making their final arguments. Then, the judge charges the jury on…

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“On bended knee” if needed, Crenshaw says

August 16, 2013

The Oconee Sheriff has given Walhalla the county’s official request for the city to make a zoning exception that would allow a new jail—just to the north side of the existing detention center. At City Hall this morning, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw gave City Administrator Nancy Goehle five pages of completed forms to start a process…

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“Bi-lateral vocal chord paralysis”

August 16, 2013

The defendant took the stand this morning in the Oconee Common Pleas Court and started to answer questions from his attorney, in defense of the medical malpractice allegations against him. Dr. Frank Rao gave an explanation of the complications in the 2009 thyroidectomy to remove a cancerous gland from patient Cassie Sweenor. Rao told the…

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