At this hour, the candidates are engaged!

  The meeting room of Walhalla Civic Auditorium filled tonight with those interested in next week’s city election.  Keith Denny, moderator for tonight’s forum, expressed pleasure that there is a substantial interest in the election.  Six of the seven ballot candidates took part in the forum, arranged by the chamber of commerce.  From the opening statements, through the prepared questions […]

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No change in Tiller’s status

A spokesman for Seneca says, in spite of today’s ruling by the solicitor, there is no change in the status of policeman Mark Tiller.  John Boyanoski, a spokesman for the city in the Hammond case, said, “There is no change in his status. He is still on administrative leave. No timeline for a change on that.”  

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Bank deposits as monitored by te FDIC

Oconee banks and savings and loans recorded total deposits this year exceeding $1.1 billion dollars.  The numbers are contained in the 2015 report from the FDIC and reflect a near $6 million dollar increase from 2014.  Oconee Federal Savings continues its dominance of the local banking community with $268.9 million.  The year 2015 was the first year that Oconee Federal […]

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Ricky Thomas

Charles Ricky Thomas, 57, of 204 Woodland Way, Liberty died Thursday at his home.  He was the husband of Shannon Harper Thomas.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferuneralhome.com. Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Early social returns

  An early look at social media does not support the conclusion of the solicitor that no state charges are warranted against Seneca policeman Mark Tiller.  And those who’ve taken to Twitter and Facebook to comment on today’s decision by Solicitor Adams indicate they have watched the video and listened to the audio recording from the dash cam of Tiller’s […]

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Burglars strike Tamassee-Salem High

Tamassee-Salem High, the school that the county trustees voted last week to close next year, has been hit by burglars.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, investigators remained at the school in Salem as late as 10:30 this morning collecting evidence.  The burglary was reported just before 6:30 this morning.  Some building and bus windows were broken, and there’s word of […]

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Hammond lawyer speaks for family

An attorney for the Zachary Hammond family is reacting today to the Solicitor’s announcement.  Eric Bland says the family is disappointed and will now rely on its civil case in an attempt to prove that Seneca officer Tiller reacted with “excessive and deradly force was used for a traffic stop.”  The long-awaited release of the dash cam came today, also, […]

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Dietterick issues statement

Shortly after the Solicitor’s announcement, the following statement was released by Greg Dietterick, Seneca city administrator:  “The past three months have been extremely difficult for the residents of Seneca, its city employees and the 45 members of its police force. While the effects of outside agitators to tear apart our community lingers, we are thankful the investigation has come to […]

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