Fatality’s identity to be made known today

At the request of the family, Oconee Coroner Karl Addis is waiting until today to publicly identify the man killed in the crash of a motorcycle and a tractor-trailer accident. Yesterday’s accident at 10:15 a-m on highway 76 at the truck entrance to Cryovac Industries proved fatal to the motorcycle operator—identified so far as a 64-year old Westminster man. Highway […]

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Pipes burst at Animal Rescue

The cold of last Monday and Tuesday did a number on the pipes at an animal home in the Tamassee community of Oconee County. The water pipes burst there ruining walls and other materials. As a result, Sundance Mountain Animal Rescue could use some donated materials. If you can spare insulation, wall covering, and even some pipes, please contact Rita […]

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Bank takes precautions in case of card fraud

Customers of an Oconee-based bank have been notified that they may have been at potential risk in a case of debit car fraud. Community First’s Fred Sheppard says when his bank was notified by its credit-card processors that debit cards of some of the bank’s customers are likely to have been compromised. Sheppard says his bank reacted quickly by contacting […]

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Suspected kidnapping case ends near state line

A case of suspected kidnapping and other crime that started at a manufacturing plant near Seneca ended later in the day yesterday at the Georgia-South Carolina line. And Oconee Sheriff’s Office has announced three charges against 58-year old Westminster area resident Douglas Ray Holden. A third-party telephone call alerted the Sheriff’s Office dispatchers to an incident in which a woman […]

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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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