Mountain Rest fire

A Friday afternoon fire in Mountain Rest heavily damaged a home at 276 Bauknight Road. We have a report that the fire required the attention of 30 fire fighters for two hours. According to Charlie King, county fire chief, the fire started accidentally when the home owner tried to heat a frozen pipe. The pipe ignited a fire inside the […]

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Alexander for Seat 3, OCC?

Look for an announcement this week from Dan Alexander as to whether the long-time Seneca mayor will make the leap to county politics. He is rumored to have interest in Seat Three, Oconee County Council—the seat opened last week by the death of Archie Barron. Alexander is in the midst of his latest four-year term as mayor.

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Third man charged with murder

A third man has been charged with murder in Oconee County, and the Sheriff’s Office investigation into the death of Richard Alan Marszalek continues. The latest to be charged and jailed is Zack Daniel Patterson, a 23-year old resident of W. Pine Grove Road. Investigators believe 61-year old Marszalek was killed during an altercation sometime between December 27 and 29. […]

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Red Flag lifted statewide

The Red Flag Fire Alert, in force since Saturday morning, is now lifted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. Fire managers ended the alert based on improving weather conditions. Calmer winds and higher relative humidity means fire is less likely to spread. But the Southeast is in the midst of wildfire season and care should be taken with all outdoor […]

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Heritage Fair offers know-how and financial aid

A necessary component of the food supply is the agricultural practice of beekeeping. And the South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair in Oconee seeks to help. The fair board of directors offers a beekeeping class and a scholarship to entice youngsters to get interested. Board member Jeff Blackwell says most beekeepers are aging, and new energy is needed to assure an […]

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A case of rape under investigation

The spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office has confirmed an investigation is in progress of a report of rape. But Jimmy Watt, the spokesman, says, “…due to the fact that it is an active and ongoing investigation, and to preserve the integrity of the investigation, we are not able to release any information at this time. No arrests have been […]

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Five hurt in two-related Seneca wrecks

The police in Seneca say the injuries to five people who went for hospital treatment a multiple-vehicle accident yesterday are all non-life threatening. Lt. Robert Tribble said two of the injured went to Oconee Medical Center by ambulance and three others went on their own for treatment. What happened shortly before 10 yesterday morning just east of the Bypass N. […]

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