No texting not enough for Oconee

Oconee County Council last night gave preliminary approval to a distracted driving ordinance that’ll have enough teeth to forbid the use of any cell phone or other portable electronic communication device while operating a moving vehicle. The only exceptions are emergency use and provided the driver is equipped with a hands-free device. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said he believes it’s a […]

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Cain and Inabinet to contest twice

Two Seneca men will contest each other twice for the votes needed in the race for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. Paul Cain and Andy Inabinet signed up yesterday as candidates to run in the June Republican primary. The nominee there gets his name on the ballot in November for a full, four-year term. In the meantime, Cain and Inabinet […]

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7.6% power rate hike

Westminster leaders will delay their vote one month on what to do about a 7.6% electric power increase from their wholesale supplier. The city is a member of PMPA, a consortium of upstate municipalities that draw their power supplies thru part ownership of a nuclear reactor. David Smith, city administrator, says the increase reflects what the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency […]

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Fire destroys camper

Fire fighters are trying to learn what caused a fire late this morning inside the Keowee Falls Campground. A camper found his premises on fire, but he was not hurt. The fire destroyed the camper’s unit. Responding were West Union and Walhalla fire fighters, along with personnel from county station #21.

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Blue Ridge nomination meetings

Meetings to nominate candidates for the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative board are being held in three service counties. Meetings were held and scheduled today in both Pickens and Anderson. Tomorrow is Oconee County’s turn. Blue Ridge’s Denise McCormick says, for Oconee Blue Ridge members, Len Talley is seeking re-election. She says these meetings are a good chance to find out […]

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9-11 memorial volunteers disappointed

  The chairman of a volunteer group to build a permanent 9-11 memorial in Oconee expressed disappointment today with the Capital Project Sales Tax Commission’s decision not to include memorial funding in a ballot question this fall. Disappointed, but not deterred is the way to describe Brandon Shirley. The assistant chief at the Keowee Fire Department says the committee remains […]

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CU worker charged in theft

Campus police say a temporary employee deposited $3,195 in checks intended for the South Carolina Botanical Garden into her personal checking account. The university announces that Meganne Alyisha Evans, 28-year old Pendleton resident, was charged yesterday with grand larceny. According to the warrant, Evans worked at the Fran Hanson Discovery Center between 2013 and this year.  

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He filed today!

Paul Cain today officially filed to run in the June Oconee Republican primary for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. It means the attorney is not only running for the full, four-year term, he’s running for what remains of Archie Barron’s unexpired term. For that, he faces a special primary April 1 and a fellow Republican opponent, Andy Inabinet.

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Suspect remains jailed

A 32-year old woman who now faces charges from two Walhalla area crimes this winter remained in jail today, with bond set at $70 thousand surety. According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, the latest charges against April Michelle Norton arise from the following theft, as outlined by Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt. According to Watt, Norton has been charged with […]

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No yapping on Yik Yak!

Oconee Sheriff’s Office and Oconee School District are calling the public’s attention to a new app, potentially dangerous for its capability to transmit slander and libel. As a result, the school district has blocked access through its internet servers. But that doesn’t stop students who bring their personal cell phones to school from accessing Yik Yak. “Our main concern with […]

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