Tomorrow key day for new jail

Tomorrow could be pivotal in when Oconee’s new jail will finally open its doors.  There’s now a sign on the new building and Sheriff Crenshaw possesses the keys, but until he gets a final sign-off from state inspectors he won’t be able to transfer the inmates from the old jail to the new one by mid next month, which is […]

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“Ugly” concrete tank is no more

An eyesore is no more in Seneca.  And those who live on a lake peninsula are pleased, and so is Bob Faires, director of utilities.  Residents of Normandy Shores complained to the city about what they saw as an “ugly round concrete tank” at the water treatment plant.  That tank served the facility for decades in the process of drinking […]

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Politicians to take center stage tonight!

Walhalla’s set of 2015 politicians take to the stage tonight in a public forum—a week ahead of city Election Day November 3.  The event, arranged by the chamber of commerce, begins at 6:30 tonight at the Civic Auditorium.  The public is invited to hear the candidates for mayor and for three seats on the city council.    

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Seneca leaders to meet Wednesday night

An unspecified legal matter is the one and only item for a special meeting tomorrow night of the Seneca City Council.  According to the agenda, the council is to entertain a motion to adjourn into a private meeting to discuss the matter and to include the mayor, the council, the city administrator, and the city attorney as part of the […]

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Seneca pursues dedicated bus stop

Seneca envisions a third dedicated bus stop to be located at the corner of E-S 6th Street and Goddard Avenue.  Part of the process requires a public hearing, which was attended last night by only two reporters.  But that’s acceptable, says Seneca’s Ed Halbig, because the city has sent letters to nearby residents offering them the chance to comment.  So […]

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Why the Sheriff opposes marijuana for medical purposes

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said today he’s willing to go public with his opposition to state legislation that would allow the use of marijuana for specified medical reasons.  Crenshaw announced his opposition to Senate bill 672 and believes that Walhalla’s two state lawmakers, Senator Alexander and Representative Whitmire, are opposed also.  “This would allow you to go to a doctor […]

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“SWAT” used judiciously by Sheriff’s Office

In Mike Crenshaw’s three years as the Oconee Sheriff, his office has deployed its special weapons and tactical squad just twice.  And Crenshaw is OK with that.  The sheriff told today’s Walhalla Rotary Club that while a “SWAT” team is indispensable in law enforcement today, the use of the team needs to be done judiciously.  He acknowledged that some “SWAT” […]

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Second arrest in Westminster burglary case

The police in Westminster made a second arrest in the case of burglary of the restaurant Yousef’s Kitchen.  Chief Dean Awalt says the arrest of Christopher Scott Digby took place Thursday in Fair Play and was the second of two arrests in the September crime.  Jail reports show Digby, 24 years old, was charged with grand larceny, burglary third degree, […]

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Foxwood Hills home fire

A weekend fire displaced a family of three from their home in the Foxwood Hills section of Oconee County.  The fire occurred on Torbay Drive.  The Red Cross worked to meet the immediate needs of the family—one adult and two children—-by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, temporary lodging and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.

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