Fair Play man charged with Foxwood Hills crime

A security guard’s suspicion led to the inspection of a storage building at a LakeHartwell home development and the discovery that someone had burglarized the storage building.  A tractor and backhoe were among the items stolen at Foxwood Hills near Westminster.  Nearly three months after the crime was discovered, an arrest has been made.  Oconee sheriff’s officers arrested and charged […]

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Why Dan Pollock is beaming today!

The Walhalla Partners for Progress leader has a smile on his face today, basking in the good spin from yesterday’s announcement that the Palmetto Trail will extend to the County Seat.  He’s Dan Pollock, and he has a story to tell about how the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, based in Columbia, became interested in extending the trail, from its current end […]

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Flag marcher spotted near Seneca

An Alabama man carrying a Confederate flag and on his way from his state to Washington, DC has been spotted this morning in Oconee County,  in the vicinity of Wal-Mart and Home Depot near Seneca.  An internet account of the man’s walk identifies him as 60-year old Johnny Cooper and quotes him as saying he’s headed to the nation’s capital […]

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Bacterial test sample fails to meet muster

A second test for bacteria in a new water line as part of Walhalla Streetscape failed, but a follow-up test was taken and officials expect the results today.  The line in question is on the south side of the Main Street, on the block from College to Catherine streets.  Yesterday’s noon hour downpour sent Streetscape work crews for cover.  Some […]

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Remains ID’d to those of Oconeean

Skeletal remains found behind a motel last year at Banks Crossing, Georgia have now been positively identified as those of an Oconee County, South Carolina man. The Banks County Sheriff’s office yesterday announced forensic tests have concluded the bones belong to Terry Lee Holbrooks, who lived in the Westminster- Fair Play area. So far, the cause of Holbrook’s death has […]

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Oconee pursues 85% recyclable goal

Members of Oconee County Council found out last night what it would take and what it would cost to double the weight of recyclable materials that are collected by the county’s solid waste operations.  It’s estimated that the county now separates as much as 30 percent of its solid waste to sell to recyclers.  Council Chairman Wayne McCall supports a […]

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Apartment resident victim of sexual attack in Seneca

Multiple charges have been placed against a 58-year old man in Seneca after an attack on a neighbor in his apartment complex.  Police Chief John Covington says because of the suspect’s questionable status in the country, his department is asking the U-S Attorney’s Office and I.C.E.—Immigration Customs Enforcement—to review its case against Zenen Alvarez, 58 years old.  Early yesterday Seneca […]

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Home fire near Westminster

Fire burned a home near Westminster during the storm that moved its way last night through Oconee County.  The storm brought down several trees.  Near Westminster on the Carver Road, not far from the Pickens Road, fire broke out in a home around 8 o’clock.  No one was hurt.  Fire fighters arrived within a few minutes and stayed there until […]

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“Forty complaints in June alone”

EMS and law enforcement in OconeeCounty apparently are dealing with increasing calls for mental health services.  Many of the calls eventually work their way to the Oconee Probate Court, where the authority to commit for care rests with the judge.  “Commitments are 126 so far this year.  I have done, myself, 46 detention orders,” Probate Judge Kenny Johns reciting the […]

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Teenager killed in zip line swing mishap

A 16-year old girl died yesterday when she fell out of a zip line swing in the Sunset Community of Pickens County.  Gary Duncan, deputy coroner for PickensCounty, said the accident at 5:51 p-m proved fatal to Lakeland, Florida resident Olivia Paige Grimes.  The girl fell from the zip line swing at Carolina Point Camp on Pinnacle Point Lane in […]

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