Kenneth Duane Lusk

 Hodges, SC— Kenneth Duane Lusk, 42, husband of Melissa Timms Lusk, of 5309 Highway 185, Hodges, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, October 21, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to […]

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Bridge asbestos should be removed by tomorrow

The potentially hazardous building material asbestos is scheduled to be removed from the Clemson railroad bridge by tomorrow.  According to announcement from the city of Clemson, the far right lane on Highway 133 toward Six Mile is closed while the work takes place.  Starting tomorrow, there will be no closures until the old bridge is removed.  But removing the bridge […]

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Fellow inmate lays blame on defendant

A former inmate told the Oconee jury this morning that while in jail, Jacob Drotning admitted to him that he poured gasoline onto his wife and set her on fire.  Prior to the witness taking the stand, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons asked reporters to withhold the release of the witness’s name.  The witness insisted he received no favorable consideration of […]

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Groundwater monitoring at closed landfill

Groundwater monitoring has been taking place at a now closed landfill near Walhalla as long ago as the 1980s, but a question that arose during a public information meeting sponsored last night by Oconee Solid Waste was whether any contaminants have been detected to the extent that Walhalla water supply could be affected.  Geologist Kevin Anderson responded this way:  “The […]

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Hotel developer: “It is gong to happen”

Tom Markovich concedes progress is slow, but he and his partner will make good on their plan to deliver a hotel—one block from Walhalla’s downtown business district.  Markovich, accompanied by partner Herb Witter, appeared before the city council with a sketch of what they envision the former courthouse will look like in their remodeling project.  But it is a hard slog for […]

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Drotning trial heads into second day

The Jacob Drotning trial resumes at 9:30 this morning at the Oconee Courthouse.  Opening testimony came yesterday from the former Minnesotan’s accuser—his ex-wife, Katherine Cook, now a resident of Georgia.  Wearing the scars of someone who was burned over more than half of her body, Cook told the jury that since her injuries she spent four months in a medically-induced […]

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Oconee to pursue nine extra school safety officers

  Two additional school resource officers approved Monday by Oconee school trustees are inadequate in the view of the county council.  After receiving citizen petitions, the council last night moved to hire nine more school officers.  The plan would cover all of the county’s elementary schools and include two non-government schools—the Oconee Christian Academy and the Eagle Ridge charter school […]

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