Fire cause eludes state investigators

Fire destruction at a rural mobile home near Walhalla was so extensive that investigators from the state Law Enforcement Division were unable to pinpoint a cause, according to Charlie King of Oconee Emergency Services.  That Sunday night fire took the lives of two men—Alfonso Contreras and “Charlie” Lee Brooks.  Coroner’s autopsies used dental records to make positive identifications and disclosed […]

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Kirk Ray Turner

    West Union – Kirk Ray Turner, 59, of 1233 Anderson Street and formerly of Westminster, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Cottingham Hospice House. A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Friday, March 3, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior to the service at Sandifer […]

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Autopsies point to smoke inhalation

The coroner’s autopsies found smoke inhalation to be the cause for three deaths at two separate fire scenes Sunday night in Oconee County.  Coroner Addis has classified the deaths of Mark Anthony Land near Seneca and Alfonso Contreras and “Charlie” Lee Brooks near Walhalla as accidental.  Addis says dental records positively identified Brooks and Contreras.  

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Discovery of Earth-size “exo-planets”

This month’s announcement by NASA of the discovery of seven Earth-size exoplanets was “one of the most interesting announcements in a long, long time,” said Clemson University philosophy professor Kelly Smith, who consults with NASA and the European Space Agency about ethical and societal issues related to space exploration. The exoplanets, orbiting a cool dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1, are about 40 light years away […]

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Tennyson Chappell

Easley – Tennyson Reed Chappell, 20, of 320 Rochford Drive, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017. A celebration of life service will be held 4 pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Mauldin United Methodist Church and a funeral service will be held 9 am, Friday, March 3, 2017 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Easley.  Entombment will follow in Robinson […]

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Toney Loudermilk Suttles

Walhalla, SC— Toney Loudermilk Suttles, 88, wife of the late John Harold Suttles, of 175 Suttles Drive, Walhalla, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at her home. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.The family will receive friends immediately following the service in Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel. In lieu […]

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Car runs into Walhalla store

According to one Walhalla public safety responder, it’s believed a driver’s foot was applied too heavily to the gas pedal and the result last evening was a car hitting a Latino food store. The accident was logged in shortly before 7 o’clock on College Street, between Main and S. Broad.  No injuries reported, nor was there much damage reported.

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