OMC to receive largest foundation gift ever

Oconee Medical Center Foundation is reporting its largest private gift. An anonymous couple donated $707 thousand in appreciated securities to create an irrevocable Charitable Remainder Unitrust for the hospital. Jeanne Ward, OMC president/CEO, called the couple special and said they contacted the hospital a year ago to indicate they wanted to do something significant. They did so with the request […]

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Fire near Walhalla!

Oconee fire fighters are trying to put a stop to fire in a hard-to-reach location near Walhalla. Apparently the fire began in a home near the Flat Rock Road and spread to the woods nearby. They are having to truck a water supply to the fire scene which is reported to be Wildwood Way, a dead-end road. The fire scene […]

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DHEC’s Walhalla presence clarified

DHEC’s decision to stop issuing death and birth certificates in Walhalla covers that service only. The Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to provide environmental and permitting services at Pine Street—the Oconee County administrative office complex in Walhalla. DHEC’s Jim Beasley told us this morning, “Just want to assure your all your listeners and also your online readers that, […]

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Junior Scholars announced

Walhalla Middle School Principal Scott Dixon has announced 23 eighth graders at his school have qualified as Junior Scholars for the 2013-14 year. The preliminary scholastic aptitude test is one of the measures used to qualify Junior Scholars. The students must score high in verbal, math, and writing.

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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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