Woman accused of workplace-involved crime

  A 38-year old Oconee woman has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office on the charge of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.  A warrant issued by Magistrate Blake Norton charges Jillian Renee Fields of the Davis Mill Road with receiving “in trust cash/checks valued at $27,757.82 which belonged to the Mold Clinic.  Further,” according to the arrest affidavit, “the […]

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Roundabout saves lives, DOT says


Approaching a roundabout the first time might throw fear into a driver in South Carolina, but the DOT believes getting the hang of it shouldn’t take long.  By next year, Oconee drivers will face the first roundabout in their county.  The DOT has issued contract to convert Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road/Mormon Church Road to a roundabout.  The DOT’s […]

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Douglas Boy

Douglas Ciel Boy, of 108 Mount Bay Drive, Westminster died Tuesday at his home.  He was the husband of Jimmie Jean Ward Boy.  A memorial service will be 2 p-m Sunday from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 1-2 p-m prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers […]

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“Mini-Biltmore” planned near Salem

On 437 acres near Salem, a Greenville man is pursuing a project—the likes of which are unprecedented in Oconee County.  Russ Gardiner shared his plans Monday with the county Planning Commission for his Equus Club at Lake Keowee offering winemaking, equestrian, and culinary.  Gardiner plans to have grapes crushed in California’s rich wine country, truck the juice across country to […]

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Grant to help build college campus

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A group of officials gathered for a picture to denote that the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative granted the Tri-County Technical College Foundation $100 thousand to help build a TECH campus in the Oconee Industry and Technology Park on SC 11.  It’ll be part of a multi-facdeted complex.  Blue Ridge Electric will provide electric service to the new campus, as well […]

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New sidewalk opens on the south side of Main

On the south side of Walhalla’s Main Street, new sidewalk is open from Tugaloo to Catherine streets.  The contractor today plans to grade for the sidewalk across Main Street, on the north side.  Workers are pulling electrical wire for the businesses that will receive underground power. As for the entire project, Mayor Edwards told city council last night that, “We’re still […]

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Palmetto Trail extension work to start


Walhalla City Council received details last night on plans to make its downtown area the new terminus for the statewide Palmetto Trail.  Representing the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, Natalie Britt told the mayor and council that the start of construction will take place at Stumphouse Tunnel Park on property owned by the city.  Britt predicted you can expect the trail for […]

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Walhalla commissions a master plan

Walhalla leaders took planning to a new level during their September meeting last night at City Hall.  They coupled the acceptance of an updated comprehensive plan, with a vote to commission a national planning and design company to undertake what’s believed to be Wahalla’s first master plan.  Mayor Danny Edwards believes the master plan is important because it can give […]

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County Attorney soon to be a staff employee

The Oconee County administrator has been given final approval to hire a staff attorney, to be answerable to the administrator.  That approval came last night on a 3-2 vote of the County Council.  With the action, the council relinquishes its annual authority of approving a county attorney.  And two councilmen—Joel Thrift and Reg Dexter—believe that’s a mistake.  Other council members […]

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Two arrested, one charged with robbery

An investigation of an assault early yesterday at West Union led to a traffic stop in Seneca and the eventual arrests of two men.  One of those two men was charged with stealing drugs from a third man.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office announced charges of common law robbery – strong armed robbery and assault and battery first degree against Gregory […]

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