Californian arrested after I-85 traffic stop

A California man who told Oconee deputies he was on his way to see his daughter wound up spending the night in jail. The Sheriff’s Office announced that Sacramento resident Eugene Duncan Jr. was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after a traffic stop Monday on I-85 near the South Carolina 11 exit. Deputies say the use of […]

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Judge orders 25-year prison term

A 42-year old Westminster man has been sent to prison for possession of methamphetamine third offense. Oconee General Sessions Judge Roger Couch handed down a 25-year sentence to Steven Ranslow Allison. A jury yesterday returned a guilty verdict. The office of Solicitor Chrissy Adams released these comments about Allison’s conviction and sentence:  “On July 15, 2013, narcotics agents with the […]

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In consideration of a soaked Sertoma Field

Walhalla councilwoman Jennifer Crawford plans to place a call to Duane Wilson, president of Oktoberfest, to request that the vendors wait at least until the latter part of the day to begin to set up on Sertoma Field. At the start of last night’s City Hall meeting, the thinking on the part of the mayor and council was that, by […]

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Trees down countywide

After the drenching, Oconee County is left to fend with fallen trees. One particularly large tree fell at the western edge of the county, on New Madison Road, one-eighth mile from 123/the Westminster-Toccoa Highway. The coming onslaught of a new band of hard prompted the Oconee Common Pleas Court judge to send home the jury early yesterday afternoon. They are […]

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Sertoma Field “standing in water”

The beating that Oconee and the rest of the southeast are taking is no friend to the folks who are organizing this week’s Oktoberfest at Sertoma Field.  The low-lying recreation field is described today as “standing in water” in several sections, and the creek there is rising with rain to continuing to fall.  The rain and the field soaking are […]

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Below $3 a gallon!

The average price in South Carolina for a gallon of unleaded regular gas is $2.97. According to the motor club AAA Carolinas, that is eight cents lower than a week ago, and the downward trend is expected to continue. AAA’S Tiffany Wright says South Carolina motorists are paying 14 cents less per gallon than on the same day a year […]

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Be wary the remainder of the day!

A cloud formation above the Seneca area looked right for a tornado this morning, but Scott Krein says there were no confirmed reports of anything touching down. Still Oconee’s director of emergency management recommends everyone pay attention to the possibility for rapidly changing weather the rest of the day. Krein advises motorists to stay clear of flooded sections of the […]

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By law, still too early for campaign signs in Walhalla

  Walhalla regulates when and where political campaign signs are placed. And James Ashton told us today Walhalla’s ordinance falls in line with other such ordinances across the country. The city’s zoning administrator/code enforcement officer today read from the applicable sections of Walhalla’s sign law, amended four years ago: “Such signs for election candidates or ballot propositions shall be displayed […]

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Trial convened in General Sessions Court

A second trial is underway at the Oconee Courthouse. It’s a General Sessions Court trial in which the defendant, Steven Ranslow Allison of Westminster, is charged with distribution of meth third offense. County and state police officers testified this morning that the arrest of Allison was part of an operation in which law enforcement used a confidential informant to arrange […]

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Jay Talbert under cross-examination

The cross-examination of former Oconee airport consultant Jay Talbert continued this morning in the Common Pleas Court trial. Talbert is a principal of the company, Talbert and Bright, a co-defendant in the case of Plateau Excavation against Oconee County. Talbert took the stand yesterday as a witness for the defense. Defense lawyer Stephanie Burton told the trial judge, Lawton McIntosh, […]

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