Sheriff makes note of cell phone contraband

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw vows to do what’s possible to ensure that once criminal suspects are placed behind bars in the new county jail, they won’t be able to victimize someone on the outside by the use of a contraband cell phone.  Crenshaw takes note of plans by a Federal Communications Commissioner to come to Columbia next week to hold […]

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For the Hammonds, “a new normal”

For the couple who lost a son when he was shot dead by a Seneca policeman, they live a life of a “new normal.”  A day after announcement of a $2.1 million settlement for the estate of Zachary Hammond, Paul and Angie Hammond spoke to reporters during a news conference at Greenville.  Of that settlement, Mrs. Hammond spoke confidently that […]

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Judge: “This thing needs to be resolved”

The judge in Oconee Common Pleas Court, on his way home tonight, will stop in downtown Seneca to have a look for himself at a building over which the city and the owner have been quarreling for about five years.  During a hearing this afternoon, Judge Cordell Maddox said he is concerned about the potential danger presented by the building […]

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Policeman’s attorney makes statement

John Mussetto, the attorney who represents Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller issued this statement: “Lieutenant Mark Tiller is pleased that a settlement was reached in this case.  The past few months have been very trying for the City of Seneca, Lieutenant Mark Tiller and the Hammond family.  The settlement will hopefully allow everyone to begin the healing process and close a […]

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Sharon Hightower

Seneca – Sharon Renee Hightower, 39, of 2518 E. Brown Street, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 at her residence.   A native of Oconee County, she was the daughter of Brenda Hightower Watkins of Easley and the late Henry Hightower and is survived by a daughter, Shasta Bruce.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Condolences may […]

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Surveyor’s appearance sign of changes ahead

The work of a surveyor today on the property that is Oconee’s Information and Technology Park on SC 11 is a sign of changes ahead for property that the county expects to fill up fast with development.  Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance says, “Several things are happening inside that park with pre-construction planning for Baxter (Enterprises) commencing and continuied […]

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By the deadline, incumbent draws challenger

At the deadline to file today, a challenger emerged for Seat Two, Oconee County Council. According to the state Election Commission, Jared Ketterman joined incumbent Wayne McCall to run for the Republican nomination for that seat.  Ketterman’s state of candidacy shows he lives in Mountain Rest. The winner in June will face no ballot opposition from the Democrats or any […]

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Campus police re-accredited

The Clemson University Police Department received re-accreditation from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Inc.  The department was first accredited in 2013.  State accreditation is awarded for three years.  Through the process, law enforcement agencies are able to implement professional standards that improve their ability to prevent crime and control crime, more efficiently deliver services, cooperate and coordinate with other […]

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Political qualifying ends at noon!

The next few hours determine whether a handful of Oconee County elected officials will enter the primaries with opposition.  Noon is the deadline across the state today for candidates to enter the 2016 primary elections.  Unless things change this morning, the following Oconee county incumbents will face no ballot opposition in the June 14 Republican primary:  State Senator Thomas Alexander, […]

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Wireless internet coming to downtown Seneca

Wireless internet is coming to downtown Seneca, courtesy of city government.  During a meeting last night, City Administrator Greg Dietterick said from certain spots along Main Street, wireless internet will be free to the user.  The only price to pay, according to Dietterick, is that the user must first watch a video commercial of upcoming events.  As explained by the […]

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