John Neil Byrnes

Salem, SC — John Neil Byrnes, age 75, died peacefully on June 4, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca, SC. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Oconee County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 685, Seneca, SC 29679 or to Adult and Child Therapy Services, 708 Washington […]

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Mental health issues beset prisoners

Jail is no fun place to be.  The Oconee Sheriff on Friday told a meeting in Seneca that between 30 and 40 percent of the inmate population has battled depression.  At least once a week a service is extended to the county’s prisoners.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says a mental health professional makes a weekly visit to the jail in Walhalla […]

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Dr. Lucas crossed the globe

One of the first things that Dr. Mike Lucas did last year after retiring as the Oconee Superintendent of Education was to take a trip around the world.  Lucas will share that experience during today’s meeting of the Walhalla Rotary Club. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Democratic National committeewoman to speak

Oconee County Democrats are bringing in a member of their party’s national committee to help raise money for the county party during their 4th annual picnic near Seneca.  The event takes places 5 to 8 pm Sunday, June 12 at the South Cove County Park.  Featured speaker will be State Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg, member of the Democratic National […]

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Pennsylvania arrest has ties to Oconee

The office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General has announced the arrest of a 19-year old woman in that state on charges that she sexually assaulted a 10-year old girl, video-taped the abuse, and disseminated the recordings to others.  The arrest of Carissa Lee Vadala was announced by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane as part of an investigation by agents with […]

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A farewell tonight in Salem

It’s graduation weekend in Oconee where one of the ceremonies will make history.  The seniors at Tamassee-Salem High School are receiving the final diplomas in that school’s history.  The school is closing and its students are being re-assigned to the Walhalla attendance zone.  One Tamassee-Salem graduate tonight, Randall Martin, intends to perform a song he has written about the closing […]

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A one-on-one at the Civic Auditorium

Oconeeans crowded a meeting room at the Walhalla Civic Auditorium for a chance to size up the two men seeking the District Two seat on the County Council.  On one side of the table was Wayne McCall, the incumbent who is trying for a third, 4-year term.  On the other, Jared Ketterman, the challenger.  In between was Keith Denny who […]

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