Police seizeure and arrests

The police in Westminster say a traffic stop Monday evening on highway 24 near E. Main Street resulted in arrests and the seizure of cash and drug-like items. According to Chief Dean Awalt, three North Carolina residents were arrested. The police say they stopped a van for failing to use a required turn signal and seized a container of a […]

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Seneca to negotiate anew

Seneca’s mayor and council are being told it’s time to start to negotiate a new wholesale electric contract for the city. The negotiations determine how much Seneca will pay for its future electric power supply and, in the end, how much its retail customers will also pay. The current contract, with the Southern Company, expires in June next year, and […]

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Decision on group home expansion delayed 2nd time

An Oconee regulatory board, for a second time, delayed a decision on whether Whetstone Academy in Mountain Rest may expand its quarters to help troubled boys of middle school age. There is opposition from neighbors to the private school’s plans to increase its capacity to 32 students. Last night Gary Littlefield, member of the board of zoning appeals, said the […]

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Seneca loses 200 thousand gallons of water

A water line gave way near Seneca and now a new patch of asphalt covers highway 28 north of Parkway Products—to show where the crews of Light and Water made their repairs early yesterday morning. Bob Faires, utilities superintendent, says the mishap cost Seneca about 200 thousand gallons of water. Faires described what happened as the failure of an old […]

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Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

Oconee Sheriff’s Office warns the public of a new scam. Someone who claimed to be calling on behalf of the court tried to bilk a Westminster senior citizen out of money. The caller claimed the senior citizen was being fined for not appearing for jury duty. And, if the senior citizen bought a green dot card and put money on […]

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Defendant changhes plea

An Oconee jury had been picked to hear the arson case against a man in a wheelchair, but the defendant stopped his trial this morning by pleading guilty to two charges.  For the crimes of arson third degree and throwing bodily fluids, Robert Clarence Walters was placed on home incarceration for five years.  The 46-year old Westminster man admitted that […]

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Seneca project deemed appropriate

A project planned by two homeowners on Seneca’s S. Cherry Street has been voted worthy of a certificate of appropriateness. At their City Hall meeting, the Board of Architectural Review approved the roof and chimney plans of Jack and Judith Zuverink at 410 S. Cherry. The project fell within the review of the board because of its location within the […]

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Piped sewer planned for lake home project

For a rare occasion, developers of a Lake Keowee home development plan to install piped sewer in place of the traditional septic tanks. The development is planned in the vicinity of South Cove Road near Seneca. And it’s a pleasing prospect to “FOLKS”—Friends of Lake Keowee. The organization strives to ensure that the lake, created as part of Duke Energy’s […]

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Back to jail for murder defendant

It’s back to jail for one Oconee County murder defendant. In the General Sessions Court, Judge Lawton McIntosh yesterday denied bond for Christine Davis Black. She and John Muriel Black Jr., are charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the stabbing death last month of Christine Black’s father, Donald Lee Davis. Investigators have said […]

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