Cold snap could chill watermelon season

Last week’s cold snap may be a setback for the state’s watermelon season. Clemson University plant disease specialist Tony Keinath says a repeat performance of last year’s spring could create problems. Because of the late start to the growing season, the first South Carolina watermelons likely will be harvested in mid-June. In some years part of the crop has been […]

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Shake-and-bake lab

An Oconee County traffic safety checkpoint near Fair Play Sunday night confiscated what officers say was a shake-and-bake style meth lab in a car and led to the arrest of the driver. Townville resident Eric Jason Whitten, 39, was lodged in the Oconee Detention Center shortly before 1:30 yesterday morning, charged in warrants alleging possession of “known chemicals, equipment and […]

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Seneca re-zoning request denied

Residential zone property south of the railroad track should remain residential in the view of Seneca’s planning commissioners. They voted last night to turn down an application on behalf of four brothers to change property along S. Oak, S. Fifth, and S. Fairplay streets to office and neighborhood commercial. Planning commission votes are advisory and subject to city council approval. […]

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Autopsy results

The Anderson County coroner says a Seneca woman died of blunt force trauma in a late night weekend traffic accident at an Anderson intersection. Coroner Greg Shore says he has ruled the deathof Frances Elaine Smith an accident. Smith was a passenger in a pickup truck involved in a collision with an Anderson County sheriff’s cruiser. According to Shore, four […]

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Seneca to buy two lots on Goddard Avenue

Seneca will spend up to $40 thousand to acquire two lots in Utica. The board of directors of the Seneca Facilities Corporation yesterday voted 5-0 to negotiate the purchase of both 109 and 111 Goddard Avenue. City Administrator Greg Dietterick, who chaired the meeting, said the lots are adjacent to the city’s electric substation, but they’ll also offer access to […]

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Jury selected

A jury has been selected for the start of a trial in the Oconee General Sessions Court. The defendant, Joshua   David Toney, is charged with burglary second degree and theft of controlled substance. Trial begins at 9:30 this morning at the Oconee Courthouse.

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“Project Hero” is an anti-gun violence program

Clemson University researchers plan to gather at an Anderson school tomorrow to reveal a project that they say could help protect students against gun violence. “Project Hero” also is designed to inspire students to study computer science and robotics. The research team, which includes professor Juan Gilbert, will gather at the South Fant School of Early Education. Depending on how […]

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Drug charges land Anderson County man in jail

Drug charges have landed an Anderson County man in the Oconee County jail. And it’s in the jail in the County Seat where Iva resident Roger Landon Slaton remained today under bonds in excess of $35 thousand. Deputies say they were investigating reports of a suspicious person around 5 o’clock Friday morning on highway 11 near I-85. Deputies say they […]

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Tech cuts $785 dollars from OC budget request

Tri-County Technical College delivered a new budget request of Oconee County today that seeks $785 dollars less than that which the county is funding this year. Dr. Ronnie Booth, college president, predicted the Oconee County councilmen would like what they saw—even before the councilmen received a handout that breaks down Tech’s requests of its three service counties: Oconee, Anderson and […]

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Driver alleged to have evaded Westminster police

A Westminster motorist was lodged in jail Saturday afternoon after the police say the driver took evasive action and violated traffic laws. The pursuit of the man arrested, Justin Mario Wilson, started at Main and South Spring streets, proceeded to Dickson Street and then ended at an apartment unit on South Spring. According to the booking report from the Oconee […]

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