What’s next after the new Walhalla High?

In a work session last night, the Oconee School Board of Trustees accepted as information a facilities plan, as presented by Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations. Thorsland began by announcing that once the new Walhalla High School is completed, administration recommends the district turn its attention to a pair of elementary schools: Ravenel and Fair-Oak. No action was […]

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Homicide victim was shot

The findings of an autopsy are consistent with the Oconee coroner’s first account of the weekend death of a North Carolina man found on a road, not far from the Pickens County line. Karl Addis, the Oconee coroner, says Rashean Parker II died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The 21-year old Parker died Saturday morning at Oconee […]

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Leads on cold cases “dead-end”

One year of pro-filing cold cases leads the Oconee sheriff to believe there has to be a better way. And Mike Crenshaw thinks that the better way may be devoting the time of one officer to investigating unsolved major cases from the past. In 2013, the Oconee Sheriff’s Office drew the public’s attention to nine unsolved cases—most of which were […]

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“It doesn’t look good….”

“It doesn’t look good for school tomorrow since the watch begins about the time our buses will need to roll in the morning.” Those are the words today of Dr. Mike Lucas, Oconee superintendent of education. Lucas advises everyone to follow the local news and the district website for weather delays and closures.

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Saturday pedestrian accident in Seneca

An early Saturday night pedestrian accident in Seneca closed down Wells Highway near Seneca High School for up to one hour. The police say the accident occurred when a 16-year old boy got out of his family’s truck to retrieve households items that had fallen into the roadway at Clydesdale Road. Lt. Robert Tribble said the boy was hit by […]

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April 2 ground break for new jail

Oconee County has yet to get a guaranteed maximum price to build the new jail, but Sheriff Mike Crenshaw anticipates that price will be available next month—in time to allow ground breaking for the 200 prisoner jail Wednesday, April 2. That GMP is to be delivered to the Oconee County Council. Crenshaw is not yet able to estimate the cost, […]

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An early word from the OC superintendent

We have early word from the Oconee superintendent of education. Dr. Mike Lucas says some schools have moved athletic and other after-school activities to tonight, to assure conditions for safe travel. Lucas says, “The weather forecast for tonight is much better, and the weather is expected to deteriorate in the early AM hours (Tuesday morning.)”

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“Really pleased but not happy”

What is the attitude of Oconee’s first-term sheriff as to how his first year in office went down?  Well, Mike Crenshaw is “really pleased, but not happy.”  In a 2013 year-end report to local reporters, Crenshaw gave an accounting of his first-year administration—with statistics that covered everything from routine type crime all the way through homicides, of which there were […]

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OMC invites “all questions and comments”

Oconee, your hospital wants to hear from you. Oconee Medical Center recently approved a memorandum of understanding that’ll lead to talks with how it can work more closely with Greenville Health Systems. The action has sparked concerns and comments about the potential for an outside health care organization, such as GHS, to takeover. OMC’s chief operating officer, Hunter Kome, says, […]

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