Judge rejects plea after defendant’s admission

Judge Scott Sprouse declared the Oconee General Sessions Court in recess after calling a halt to a proceeding in which a man attempting to plead guilty admitted that he was under the influence of crack cocaine.  The admission by Reginald Bernard Smith came under routine questioning after Smith told Sprouse he wanted to plead guilty to charges of resisting arrest […]

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Liam Hudgins

  Westminster – Liam Malakai Ori Hudgins, infant child of Killian Niles Oliver Hudgins and Brandi Shyanne Webb, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held 5 pm, Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Greater Life Worship in Seneca. The family is at their respective homes.  Memorials in his memory may be made […]

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Rev. Garlon Collins

Westminster – Rev. Garlon Eugene Collins, 82, husband of Katharine Blair Collins, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Richard Campbell VA Nursing Home. A funeral service will be held 11:30 am, Thursday, February 9, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 am, prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial […]

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Judge to decide damages in fatal Oconee wreck

A circuit judge from York and Union counties will decide the damages that a Seneca woman receives to compensate for the loss of her adopted daughter in a double-fatality accident more than four years ago in Oconee County.  Sixteenth Circuit Judge John Hayes was told today the 2012 accident on highway 24 involved a pickup truck driven by Johnny Alvin […]

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Judge: “Can’t leapfrog the process”

A man who was judged not guilty by reason of insanity in an Oconee County homicide case is bidding for release from the custody of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.  Jason Mark Carter appeared today in an Oconee courtroom as his attorney argued that doctors now say his client no longer requires Department of Mental Health treatment.  Carter […]

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“Minor child” settlement approved

Two parties are no longer defendants in a lawsuit alleging that a Walhalla High soccer player was the victim of an initiation ritual.  Judge John Hayes today approved the request of an attorney for the boy’s parents to settle their case against the Oconee School District and one other defendant.  The total settlement amount is $75 thousand—of which the school […]

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Roger Keith Simpson

Roger Keith Simpson, 62 , died February 4th, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.  Roger was born Sept. 5th, 1954 in Anderson, SC and resided in Seneca, SC where he recently retired from Clemson University Language Department, Senior Lecturer of Spanish.  Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 5th, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home in Seneca.  Graveside services will […]

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Louise Bell

Eva Louise Matheson Bell, 98, of Seneca, SC passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.  Born in 1919 in Washington, GA, she was the wife of the late James Bruce Bell and a daughter of the late Thomas Harold and Lillie Viola Hudson Matheson.  The family will receive friends on Monday, February 6, […]

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