Man charged with theft of boat dock

A Fair Play man suspected the boat dock he bought off Craig’s List may have been stolen. Now, an announcement from the Sheriff’s Office that an investigation involving the Army Corps of Engineers confirms the 24’ by 24’ dock was stolen. The man who agreed to buy the boat dock for $4 thousand said he was dealing with a man […]

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Lucas stresses the value of a good night’s sleep

The Oconee superintendent of education often uses a story to illustrate how to get a better education. Dr. Michael Lucas heard a story yesterday that confirms what many mothers know: “Children who have irregular bed times are more likely to have behavioral issues than children who have a regular bedtime routine.” On his blog today, Lucas quotes a study of […]

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Assault case moved from OGS to Probate Court

A 50-year old man stood with his lawyer in the Oconee General Sessions Court, charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. But yesterday’s proceeding centered on whether the man, Tracy Lynn Morgan, is competent to stand trial because of the effects from accident injuries unrelated to the crime of which he is accused. Public Defender Wilson […]

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Competency test ordered for OC mother

General Sessions Judge Alex Macaulay ordered a test to determine the competency of a mother to face charges of custodial interference. And once the test results are in, Macaulay says at that time he will again take up defendant Laverne Marie Bennett’s request for a lower bond. Bennett was arrested last summer in Idaho when state police there found her […]

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Bail denied for murder defendant

It’s back to jail for an Oconee murder defendant. Judge Alex Macaulay this afternoon ruled Joshua Randall Ferguson a potential danger to the community and refused to set bail. Ferguson is accused of shooting Charles Benson Cantrell in the back on a Friday night last month near Seneca. Kelli Cantrell, Ferguson’s fiancé, described the defendant as the sole provider for […]

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Five arrests in larceny and gun case

Oconee sheriff’s officers, so far, have made five arrests in crime investigations that began with burglary cases in the Seneca and Westminster areas. In each instance, guns were among the items stolen. Among the five arrested are a man and his mother. The man, Andrew Lane Carver, was charged with grand larceny and first degree burglary after the Sheriff’s Office […]

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Lottery tickets stolen near Salem

Nearly $7 thousand worth of lottery tickets were taken in a weekend burglary at a store near Salem. The burglary at Little River General Store on highway 11 was discovered early Sunday morning when a passerby noticed an open front door and broken glass. Oconee sheriff’s officers appear to be on hot on the trail of the thieves, as there […]

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Westminster to take up member cities resolution

Seneca and Walhalla have already had a lot to say about Joint Regional Sewer Authority resolution 2013-22. Now it’s going to be Westminster’s chance. City Administrator David Smith says he will lay out the two-and-a-half-page document for the consideration of his city’s elected leaders during tomorrow night’s December meeting of the Westminster City Council. By approving the resolution Westminster, as […]

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