Defendant guilty on lesser charge

An Oconee jury found a Westminster man guilty of the lesser included offense of petty larceny. Phil Kerry Hamby had gone to trial today, charged with grand larceny in the theft of pipe in the Earles Grove Community. Judge Scott Sprouse ordered Hamby to serve 30 days or pay a $500 dollar fine along with restitution for the culvert pipe […]

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Bank holdup UPDATE

A Sheriff’s spokesman says this afternoon’s bank robber near Seneca was dressed in a hat and a green shirt.  He left the Community First Bank on Sandifer Boulevard at Sheep Farm Road with an envelope containing cash money.  Sheriff’s officers are using tracking dogs to help find the robber.  Part of the search is concentrated in the vicinity of the […]

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Former Bergen’s building changes hands

96.3/WGOG NEWS has learned that, in recent weeks, ownership has changed at a large and vacant downtown Seneca building. The corner building at the east end of Ramcat Alley that operated for many years as Bergen’s Department Store is now in the possession of Jason and Ramcat Alley businesswoman Mary Tannery, having been sold by George McCracken, Bergen’s long-time landlord.

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Judge charges jury in the General Sessions Court

Finals arguments were completed, and the judge began to instruct the Oconee jury this afternoon on the law that applies to the case. A Westminster man, Phil Kerry Hamby, took the witness stand in defense of the charge of grand larceny. Arrested September 12, Hamby is accused of stealing galvanized steel pipe belonging to Ralph Crooks in the Earles Grove […]

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Coffee Road accident

The police say a Walhalla woman and her grandson were taken to the hospital for treatment after this morning’s accident on the Coffee Road. At the time, Lt. Aaron Alexander said, Maggie Brown was intending to drop off her grandson at the elementary school. The Brown car turned over on the road surface. Alexander said the driver of the other […]

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Communications tower request near Seneca

A public hearing takes place next week on an application to build a 159-foot cell tower near Seneca. The Oconee Board of Zoning Appeals has scheduled a hearing for Faulk and Foster Real Estate of Charlotte, North Carolina, on behalf of the communications company Verizon. The proposed location is Semper Fi Drive, off the Return Church Road. The hearing takes […]

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Week of activities marked Law Enforcement Appreciation Week

A luncheon last Thursday helped bring to a close a week of activities that marked Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Oconee County. To a retirees’ appreciation luncheon, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw made remarks and Chief Deputy Kevin Davis read a proclamation by County Council recognizing Peace Officers Memorial Day. On Friday, flags were flown half-staff at the Sheriff’s Office and at […]

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Seneca utilities garner national safety award

Seneca’s Light and Water department has earned a national award for outstanding safety practices. For 2014, the utility earned the Safety Award of Excellence from the American Public Power Association. It recognizes Seneca for first place in a category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. The award was  announced yesterday by Kenneth Roberts, chairman of […]

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