“Forty complaints in June alone”

EMS and law enforcement in OconeeCounty apparently are dealing with increasing calls for mental health services.  Many of the calls eventually work their way to the Oconee Probate Court, where the authority to commit for care rests with the judge.  “Commitments are 126 so far this year.  I have done, myself, 46 detention orders,” Probate Judge Kenny Johns reciting the […]

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Teenager killed in zip line swing mishap

A 16-year old girl died yesterday when she fell out of a zip line swing in the Sunset Community of Pickens County.  Gary Duncan, deputy coroner for PickensCounty, said the accident at 5:51 p-m proved fatal to Lakeland, Florida resident Olivia Paige Grimes.  The girl fell from the zip line swing at Carolina Point Camp on Pinnacle Point Lane in […]

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West Union’s July meeting

At tonight’s meeting, West Union Town Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on the 2015 millage for the town’s tax rate.  A report is to be made on a turn light at the Main Street-SC 11 intersection.  Town Council meets at 6 o’clock at Town Hall.  

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Duke Energy on the job site

A Duke Energy representative arrived yesterday at the Walhalla Streetscape project.  Wiring is to be removed from the existing street lights.  Workers continue to lay electrical conduit and the changeover for the Bantam Chef will take place Sunday, so as not to interrupt business during regular work hours.  On the next block, from College to Catherine, work continues today to […]

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Extending a cross-state trail to Walhalla

Palmetto Conservation and the City of Walhalla later today celebrate a new partnership that will extend the cross-state trail into downtown Walhalla.  Mayor Danny Edwards is to be there at the announcement to receive a Palmetto Trail kiosk poster that illustrates the new terminus in downtown Walhalla.  The Palmetto Trail is considered a premier hiking and mountain biking pathway from […]

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Lake rescue aided by loaner life jacket

The efforts of a LakeHartwell corps ranger and bystander saved the lives of two boys after the pair struggled to swim from a remote buoy to the beach shoreline.  The incident occurred June 3 near the Singing Pines Recreation Area in OconeeCounty when park ranger Tim Crabtree noticed a dangerous situation and motioned for the pair to return to safe […]

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Parts of Clemson under advisory

A boil water advisory has been placed for residents of six neighborhoods of Clemson. The city advises residents of Essex Drive, Cochran Road, Boggs Street, Elm Street, Clemson Street and Calhoun Street to vigorously boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking.  Residents should continue to vigorously boil their water for at least […]

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Fire victim flown to burn center

Fire late yesterday afternoon critically burned a man at his Timberlake community, Townville area home in OconeeCounty.  EMS and First Responders discovered a man who had been burned in a flash fire while smoking cigarettes and using a medical oxygen device.  The burn victim was carried by helicopter to the regional burn center at Augusta, Georgia and it is there, […]

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Thornton Horn Jr.

Thornton Allen Horn Jr. died at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.  He was the husband of Jacqueline Gordon Horn.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p-m Thursday at Beaverdam Baptist Church with full military honors.  A private graveside service will follow in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.  Family members are at their homes.  In lieu of flowers, memorials […]

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$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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