Crenshaw says police chases fall under 1%

The topic of week in Oconee law enforcement was a topic today during Sheriff Mike Crenshaw’s annual report summarizing another year completed.  Oconeeans were still talking today about police chases, but the numbers show they occur rarely.  Crenshaw gave these statistics:  “The uniform patrol division involved in 13 vehicle pursuits in 2015 compared to 19 in 2014.  Two out of […]

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Oconee Sheriff summarizes a year finished

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw

In 2015, the Oconee Sheriff’s Office received 86,429 calls for service.  Though it was another busy year, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he can sense progress is being made after his first three years in office.  Crenshaw told reporters groundwork is being laid to accomplish more in the future in terms of reducing crime and helping individuals who are plagued by […]

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Chance for Trump delegates to switch

Donald Trump easily carried both Oconee County and South Carolina during last month’s preference primary.  But might the Republican see some of his support switch during the state convention later this year?  It’s a possibility, according to the answer that Oconee Republican Bob Skipp was given to his question last Saturday in Columbia.  As chairman of the county party, Skipp […]

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Crosswalks to be part of Streetscape

The Walhalla Streetscape has created new travel lanes and parking spots, but what about pedestrians trying to get from one side of Main Street to the other?  So far, the temporary striping includes only a vehicle stop bar, which is white.  The crosswalk striping will be installed with thermoplastic permanent striping.  According to contractor Hutch ‘n Son, the crosswalk striping […]

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Clemson professor gets an appointment

A professor at Clemson, Lamont Flowers, has been appointed by the U-S Senate Judiciary Committee to examine inequities confronting minorities in South Carolina and implement programs to address the issues.  Flowers was nominated by Governor Haley to serve on the State Commission for Minority Affairs.  The commission was created in 1993 by the General Assembly to provide a single point […]

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Event to draw attentionn to child abuse

  A Westminster man has reserved Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center for the night of Saturday, April 23 and an event to draw attention to the problem of child abuse.  Paul Elston urged the Seneca City Council to help promote what Elston says is a first event of this nature.  Speaking to the mayor and council last night, Elston identified himself […]

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Rodney Davis

Westminster–Rodney Fred Davis departed this life on Thursday, March 3, 2016.  The funeral will be 4 pm Wednesday from the Chapel of Sanidfer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 2-4 pm prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family is at the home of Pamela Davis, 118 Johns Street, Westminster, SC  29693.  Flowers accepted.  Condolences may be […]

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Rev. Michael Willis

Seneca–Join us in celebrating the home-going of 70-year old Rev. Michael James Willis, former pastor of Seneca Church of God of Prophecy.  Mr. Willis went to his Lord on Monday, March 7, 2016.  He was the husband of Faye Willis.  The family receives friends from 5-8 pm Wednesday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  The funeral will be 3 pm Thursday from […]

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Charges against baldwin announced

  The Greenville man who led Oconee law enforcement on a high-speed chase Monday afternoon remained in county lockup yesterday, amid the announcement that he is facing at least eight criminal and traffic offenses.  The Sheriff’s Office statement discloses the following offenses filed against Christopher Timothy Baldwin:  strong armed robbery, assault and battery third degree; possession of a stolen vehicle […]

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Pursuit lands Seneca area man in jail

  For a second time in as many days, Oconee sheriff’s officers chased a suspected lawbreaker and, like Monday’s chase, they nabbed their suspect.  The Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 44-year old Seneca area man on multiple offenses.  Wayne Eugene Raffaldt of the Singing Pines Road was charged with driving under suspension; unlawful use of a license plate, […]

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