All road patrol officers wear body cameras

During the year 2014, every deputy in the road patrol division of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, along with two officers from the warrants division, were equipped with body cameras. It was May 2013 when the Sheriff’s Office began equipping deputies with the TASER AXON Flex body cameras. They can be clipped to the officers’ clothing or worn on a special […]

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West Union mail thefts

An 83-year old man was arrested by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office for allegedly taking mail from two road side boxes at West Union. Roy Englannd Norvell of Franklin, North Carolina was placed in the Oconee Jail Sunday on the charge of simple larceny after he was approached by plainclothes officer Scott Arnold on West Union’s Main Street. According to an […]

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Animal Shelter to benefit from wine-tasting event

An event Valentine’s Day at Keowee Key will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the Oconee County Animal Shelter near Seneca. A group that helps the shelter sponsors a wine-tasting at the Keowee Key Activity Center Saturday, February 14 beginning at 5 p-m. Tickets are $20 and should be purchased in advance. Forl tickets, call Jean Stappler at 944-8155. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Parties agree to dismissal

The civil lawsuit Bartee versus Blackwell is no more. The parties have signed a stipulation of dismissal, and an officer of the Oconee Common Pleas Court says it’s a dismissal “with prejudice”—meaning the case cannot be brought back. In 2012, James Bartee waged a campaign for Oconee Sheriff, only to see that campaign collapse when he was arrested and later […]

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Fire last week remains under investigation

Fire that nearly destroyed a Walhalla home last week remains under investigation. Chief Doug Kelley this morning said his department suspects that last Thursday night’s fire at 6 Keowee Street was an electrical fire, but will turn to an insurance company for its evaluation. Those who lived there received help from the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross.   […]

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Blue Ridge Fest to stage May 8

The 2015 Blue Ridge Fest takes place Friday, May 8 on the grounds of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens. It’ll be a beach night show and dance and a classic car cruise-in. Underlying the fun is a serious purpose: financial support for one dozen area human-help agencies. This year four of those help agencies are based in Oconee […]

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Weekend traffic fatality

A weekend traffic fatality reported in Pickens County. Coroner Kandy Kelley said the victim was a 23-year old Pickens resident—Alanah Elizabeth Holcombe. The fatal accident occurred at 9:30 Friday night at Prater’s Creek Road and Allgood Bridge Road. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Small fire at apartment complex

Walhalla fire fighters put out a mattress fire this morning in the stairwell of an apartment complex on N. Laurel Street.  While that call was in progress, fire fighters requested all residents of Walhalla Gardens to temporarily evacuate their premises.  No one was hurt. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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