$100 thousand Oconee lottery fraud

Two people pleaded guilty today in a case of lottery fraud that involved now former employees of a Seneca store.  At the recommendation of the prosecution, the judge gave the defendants 10 years in prison, but suspended the prison sentence to probation, along with an order that they are to re-pay the victim in the amount of the difference between […]

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Arrest made in burglary near Westminster

A 32-year old OconeeCounty man has been arrested and charged with burglary at a home this month near Westminster.  The crime occurred July 2 on Lee Pine Drive near the West-Oak Highway.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identified the man arrested, William David Hanks Jr., as a suspect in an incident in which a male was seen leaving another person’s camper […]

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Man befriended by church charged with theft

A 27-year old man befriended by a church near Seneca has been arrested and charged with stealing church property.  Oconee law enforcement records show the arrest Friday of Pelzer resident Joseph William Rosshirt on the charge of grand larceny.  The theft occurred February 23 after Toby Shaw, pastor of Harvest Time Ministries, walked into the church on the Wells Highway […]

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Streetscape work today!

The contractor plans final bacteria tests today on the new water line on Walhalla’s Main Street—on the south side of the block from College to Catherine streets.  Meantime, they are “sawing out” the concrete.  It’s a waiting game on the block from Tugaloo to College streets.  According to Hutch ‘N Son, waiting for Duke Energy to re-schedule the changeover at […]

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No intent to reach farther

In explaining why he voted to move the Confederate flag, the Oconee-Pickens senator says the action is confined to the flag that flew on the State House grounds.  Senator Thomas Alexander said the vote pertains to that the one location only, and he does not favor requiring anyone else.  Some flag supporters have expressed worry that the legislature’s vote is […]

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Returning to work tonight!

The members of Westminster Planning Commission return to work tonight on their city’s comprehensive plan.  They’ll meet in a work session at 6 at the Historic Train Depot.  Planning commissioners are Sandra Powell, Ken Sloan, Claudia Spearman, Wendell Tidwell and Steve White.  

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Albert Holden

Albert Holden, 78, of Westminster died Saturday at the Oconee Hospice of the Foothills (the Cottingham House. The family is at the home of Mary Ann Blassingame.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Gilbert Mortuary.  

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Bruce Alvin Cooper

Bruce Alvin Cooper, 69, of 5272 West-Oak Highway, Westminster died Sunday. Funeral plans will be announced by the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home of Gorham, NY. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com. Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family.  

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Oconee County drug round up

  Fourteen people were being sought by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office in a new version of “Operation Infinity” drug sweep.  By 4 p-m Friday, seven of the 14 had been arrested.  The number included one person jailed in another state.  The charges against 14 include drug distribution and unlawful neglect of children.    

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Campus police make arrest

A 22-year old man from The Bronx, New York has been arrested by Clemson campus police and charged with stealing a book bag containing a laptop computer.  The theft occurred Thursday at the university library. According to ClesmonUniversity the man arrested, Edward Ortiz, is neither a Clemson student, nor an employee.  

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