Prison term for lewd acts

In court this morning, a former Westminster resident received a sentence amounting to 10 years for sexually abusing two members of his family. The sentence was handed down to Harold G. Fincannon, who now lives in Myrtle Beach. He pleaded guilty to two charges of lewd act on a child—offenses that occurred several years ago but were only brought to […]

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New air quality standards to be reviewed

In two weeks, an Upstate committee will learn how new federal air quality standards will apply. The Oconee County representative to the committee, Art Holbrooks, anticipates at this January 27 meeting South Carolina DHEC will give an overview of the EPA standards announced late last year. Holbrooks, Oconee’s strategic planner, has been part of Clean Air Upstate efforts since 2012. […]

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Southern Wesleyan to aid Haiti

 The economy of the Caribbean nation Haiti is little improved—even after unprecedented foreign aid poured in as relief to earthquake victims there five years ago. Joshua Paul and Todd Voss are among those concerned. Last month Voss, in his capacity as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, and Paul, an Upstate physician, Haiti native, and Southern Wesleyan graduate, signed […]

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Leadership Oconee announces project

  The Leadership Oconee County Class of 2014-15 wants to ensure that the Westminster community does not lose its We Care food and clothing pantry. Brandy Taylor, class president, announced this week, “We are going to repair some of the exterior and interior and reorganize the items inside so that We Care will be functional for many years to come.” One […]

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Missing: Katie Nicole Hicks

Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help in finding a 31-year old woman reported missing this week. Katie Nicole Hicks has an address of 447 Spake Road, Pendleton. A deputy responded to her parents Oconee County address shortly after 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. The deputy quotes the parents as saying Hicks and a grandson had been living with them on […]

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Two stab wounds, one fatal

An autopsy has disclosed that a 27-year old man killed Tuesday in Walhalla sustained two stab wounds, one of which proved fatal. Coroner Karl Addis said the autopsy confirmed that a knife inflicted two stab wounds to the back of Jeremy Lee Little. The Walhalla police have arrested three people in their investigation, and Addis says the police investigation continues. […]

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Judge declares end to trial

The trial of a Walhalla area man ended when the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Judge Eugene Griffith declared a hung jury last night in the Oconee General Sessions Court in the State’s case against Bruce Alan Wilson Sr., charged with resisting arrest. Deputies answered a domestic call to Wilson’s home on Rooster Drive on August 2, 2013. […]

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Crenshaw in rally against domestic violence

 Sheriff Mike Crenshaw of Oconee County joined Attorney General Alan Wilson and others yesterday for a Domestic Violence Call to Action Rally in the lobby of the State House. That rally took place just minutes before the 2015 legislative session was gaveled to order. Crenshaw has made the fight against domestic violence a priority. He signed a letter to the […]

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Crews respond to winter weather

Improving conditions have allowed the South Carolina DOT to wind down its response this morning to the winter weather. Crews treated 13 bridges and overpasses on primary and interstate routes with salt and brine in areas such as the Pee Dee and parts of the Upstate. In several counties last night, crews monitored and patrolled bridges, overpasses, intersections and steep […]

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