Rain event in excess of 3″

The Sunday night through Monday rain event deposited in excess of three inches of rain in Walhalla. At one point late yesterday afternoon, the official count stood at 3.19”. We’ll await Weather Observer Barbara Wilson’s new total this morning. A motor vehicle left the road about 9:30 last night and knocked down an electric power pole near Seneca. No one […]

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Death claims January accident victim

A West Union woman, injured in a traffic accident last winter, died yesterday at the Cottingham House near Seneca. Coroner Karl Addis said Barbara Timms was 57 years old and died of complications of injuries in a motor vehicle collision three months prior, on January 10. The accident occurred on the Old Walhalla Highway at the intersection of Winston Way […]

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Interdiction on I-85 and SC 11

West Union was the start point last week for an interdiction that focused on law breakers on I-85 and South Carolina Scenic Highway 11. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office enlisted the help of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and the West Union Police. The law enforcement officers looked for those violating drug and weapon laws, along with other wanted individuals. Fifty-seven […]

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Ruling ahead in ex-teacher’s lawsuit

Circuit Court Judge Cordell Maddox told attorneys today they can expect a ruling on whether a former teacher’s lawsuit may go forward in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. Former R-C Edwards Junior High teacher Mariam Noorai’s allegations of harassment, defamation and conspiracy are contained in what now is a three-year old lawsuit against the Pickens and Oconee public school districts […]

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Subcommittee studies Bill Sandifer legislation

An Oconee state lawmaker is hopeful that there’s an enticement the state can offer to increase the numbers of physicians and other medical care workers who donate service to the state’s free medical clinics. Oconee’s Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, in Seneca, is considered a model for free clinics, but needs more medical professionals to volunteer. Legislation introduced by State Representative […]

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Evaluators to hear from superintendent

An outside education group hears this morning from Dr. Mile Lucas, Oconee superintendent of education. The group is in Oconee County as an evaluation of the district for the accrediting organization Advance Ed. A public presentation of the review team’s report is to be given during a special school board meeting at 2:30 Wednesday.  

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Pounding rain creates hazardous driving

If you are behind the wheel, good advice this morning is to slow down and proceed carefully. This morning’s pounding rain has created hazardous driving conditions. Puddles are quickly forming. Already a couple of highway problems have developed. State troopers report a tree in the road on Hopewell Church Road and the Toccoa Highway. Near Seneca there’s a traffic accident […]

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Drowning death ruled a suicide

The drowning death of a man in Lake Jocassee has been ruled a suicide by the Oconee coroner. The body of the 28-year old man was found in the lake near Salem Saturday afternoon. The man’s vehicle was observed by a park ranger Friday night and the death is believed to have occurred that night.

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Scott makes GOP’s weekly address

U-S Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina delivered the Republican Party’s weekly address and said job creation is the country’s most important issue. And the state’s junior U-S senator used the GOP broadcast to call attention to his “SKILLS” legislation which he says would turn 35 separate workforce training programs into “one flexible Workforce Investment Fund.” According to Scott, there […]

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