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DUI ignition interlock devices vote

February 28, 2013

The Oconee-Pickens state senator is casting votes this week in favor of applying ignition interlock devices to the vehicles of drivers convicted of DUI first offense. South Carolina already requires the device be attached to vehicles of those convicted of second and third offenses. According to Senator Thomas Alexander, Walhalla Republican, it’s one more impediment…

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Maximum sentence announced

February 28, 2013
Maximum sentence announced

The judge in Oconee General Sessions Court has applied the maximum sentence possible to a 40-year old Salem man, convicted yesterday of distribution of methamphetamine third offense. Judge Macaulay this morning announced a sentence of 30 years, suspended to 25 years in prison for Kenneth Wayne Whitworth. The judge took into account a past of…

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Touting SC Work Ready Communities

February 28, 2013

A long-standing member of Oconee’s industrial community believes that while the county is being progressive in developing industrial parks to attract employers, the quest for new jobs and a stronger economic base can’t be realized without properly-trained employees. And, as a supporter of South Carolina Work Ready Communities, Peter LeRoy, helps to raise awareness and…

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Special planning meeting

February 28, 2013

Oconee Planning Commission announces a special meeting tomorrow to consider a proposed sign inside the Fair Play Village sub-district. The special meeting takes place at 4 o’clock in County Council Chambers in Walhalla, and the public is invited.

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First King banner to be hoisted

February 28, 2013

The first Seneca banner to declare a wide thoroughfare in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is to be raised during the noon hour, in a ceremony at South Sixth and Oak. Ed Halbig, director of city planning and community development, says the city is glad to be able to raise what’s to be…

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Dedicating auto sales tax

February 28, 2013

South Carolina lawmakers are supporting legislation to raise funds to pay for work on the state’s roads and bridges. Rep. Phyllis Henderson of Greer is a co-sponsor of one bill that would dedicate the funds that currently come to the state from sales tax on automobiles for road and bridge maintenance. Yesterday that bill received…

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BREC candidate meeting

February 28, 2013

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative members of District One, Oconee County, are invited to a meeting this month to help choose a candidate to represent District One on the utility retailer’s board of directors. The seat available is the one now held by Joel Davis, who is offering for re-election. The meeting will take place at…

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Whitworth sentence to be announced

February 28, 2013

The office of Circuit Solicitor has announced that Kenneth Wayne Whitworth has been placed in custody. The Salem man is to be brought to Oconee General Sessions Court this morning for the announcement of his sentence. A jury convicted Whitworth yesterday of distribution of methamphetamine third offense. Because he did not attend the two-day trial,…

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Blackwell counterclaims Bartee

February 27, 2013

The legal entanglements between former Oconee Sheriff’s candidate James Bartee and his accuser, Nicholas Blackwell, intensified this month with Blackwell’s filing of a civil counterclaim against Bartee . . . and Bartee’s official reply to the counterclaim. The latest filings in the Common Pleas Court arise from a January lawsuit by Bartee, alleging Blackwell set…

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54-year old man to serve for years

February 27, 2013

A 54-year man has been sent to prison for four years for a case that the prosecutor called a serious beating. Charles Allen Vinson walked into the Oconee courtroom this afternoon charged with criminal domestic violence high and aggravated nature. The judge accepted a negotiated plea that allowed Vinson to plead to assault and battery…

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  • September 20, 2014John W. Gibson Reunion
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