Fire was arson, Sheriff reports

A fire that occurred at a trailer home that had been the scene of a murder-suicide a year ago has been judged a case of arson, and Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says his office is investigating, though no arrests just yet. The fire occurred near Seneca on the Steve Nix Road. And the woman who lost her life there nearly […]

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Part of highway blocked following accident

A blocked section of a West Union roadway has been reopened in the aftermath of an accident this morning that involved a small car and a tractor-trailer truck. The accident occurred on the Old Walhalla Highway at Winston Way and sent one person to the hospital. Rain was intermittent through a period of two and a half hours—the time the […]

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Fraud charges land woman in jail

Bank fraud charges have landed a Georgia woman in the Oconee Jail. The Seneca police made a trip to a North Carolina jail to serve warrants charging Lavonia resident Dea Mills Ford with bank fraud and forgery. The warrants were issued by Municipal Judge Danny Singleton upon the police department’s investigation of a woman’s attempt to cash a check at […]

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$900K goal reached and surpassed!

For what purpose did Oconeeans dig deep into their pockets and raise $900 thousand in one year’s time? The answer, as supplied this morning at the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, is the purpose of opening the county’s first shelter for the abused. In fact, thanks to a grant, the campaign to allow Safe Harbor of Greenville to open an Oconee shelter […]

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Seneca near ready to salute special month

Plans are coming together for Seneca’s annual observance of African-American History Month. The main event, the annual luncheon, will take place Thursday, February 7 and will feature three speakers, along with artwork from the island country of Barbados. Mollie Smith of the office of Seneca Events says details will be announced about the time and location for the luncheon. On […]

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Niagara Falls froze, so did Walhalla Pool

The freeze that gripped the country this week froze bodies of water—-all the way from Niagara Falls to the Walhalla Municipal Swimming Pool. But John Galbreath doesn’t want the cold temperatures to fool Walhalla city leaders. Galbreath, the city recreation director, told the mayor and council that January is not too soon to begin to think when they would like […]

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Restoring a 40-hour work week

U-S Senator Tim Scott says his amendment to the extension of unemployment insurance would restore the 40-hour work week which he says has been unraveled by the provisions of Obamacare. The employer mandate under the health law now requires employers to provide insurance to full-time employees and defines “full time” as 30 hour a week, or more. As a result, […]

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Examining the Governor’s plan

Though not all details have been fully fleshed out, Oconee’s superintendent of education has begun to examine Governor Haley’s plan for South Carolina education in 2014. Dr. Mike Lucas says he’s always happy when there’s a greater focus on the public schools. Lucas has drawn some preliminary conclusions about how the Haley plan would impact Oconee County students and teachers. […]

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Duncan draws attention to Washington hearing

Congressman Jeff Duncan is part of an oversight hearing in Washington today on seismic exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. The hearing, “The Science behind Discovery: Seismic Exploration and the Future of the Atlantic OCS”, takes place this morning and will include testimony by Dr. James Knapp of the University of South Carolina. Knapp is a professor in the […]

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