Mother ruled incompetent to stand trial

An Oconee County woman who took her four daughters across the country allegedly violating a custodial arrangement has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. The announcement was made today by General Sessions Judge Eugene Griffith. Instead, the judge announced, Laverne Marie Bennett is to be remanded to the custody of the state Department of Mental Health, pending a commitment hearing […]

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West Union man faces sex charge

According to Oconee Sheriff’s Office, a 25-year old West Union man turned himself over to the custody of a deputy yesterday to face a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a minor third degree. The Sheriff’s Office identified the man booked into the Oconee Detention Center as James Andrew Massey, accused of inappropriately touching a 13-year old female on two […]

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Prison term for lewd acts

In court this morning, a former Westminster resident received a sentence amounting to 10 years for sexually abusing two members of his family. The sentence was handed down to Harold G. Fincannon, who now lives in Myrtle Beach. He pleaded guilty to two charges of lewd act on a child—offenses that occurred several years ago but were only brought to […]

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New air quality standards to be reviewed

In two weeks, an Upstate committee will learn how new federal air quality standards will apply. The Oconee County representative to the committee, Art Holbrooks, anticipates at this January 27 meeting South Carolina DHEC will give an overview of the EPA standards announced late last year. Holbrooks, Oconee’s strategic planner, has been part of Clean Air Upstate efforts since 2012. […]

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Southern Wesleyan to aid Haiti

 The economy of the Caribbean nation Haiti is little improved—even after unprecedented foreign aid poured in as relief to earthquake victims there five years ago. Joshua Paul and Todd Voss are among those concerned. Last month Voss, in his capacity as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, and Paul, an Upstate physician, Haiti native, and Southern Wesleyan graduate, signed […]

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Leadership Oconee announces project

  The Leadership Oconee County Class of 2014-15 wants to ensure that the Westminster community does not lose its We Care food and clothing pantry. Brandy Taylor, class president, announced this week, “We are going to repair some of the exterior and interior and reorganize the items inside so that We Care will be functional for many years to come.” One […]

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Missing: Katie Nicole Hicks

Oconee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help in finding a 31-year old woman reported missing this week. Katie Nicole Hicks has an address of 447 Spake Road, Pendleton. A deputy responded to her parents Oconee County address shortly after 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. The deputy quotes the parents as saying Hicks and a grandson had been living with them on […]

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Two stab wounds, one fatal

An autopsy has disclosed that a 27-year old man killed Tuesday in Walhalla sustained two stab wounds, one of which proved fatal. Coroner Karl Addis said the autopsy confirmed that a knife inflicted two stab wounds to the back of Jeremy Lee Little. The Walhalla police have arrested three people in their investigation, and Addis says the police investigation continues.

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