DOT outlines three Oconee road projects

Work has already begun on one of three spring and summer road projects for which the DOT has selected contractors.  One of those projects will cover Old Salem Road, N. Little River Road, and Earlestead Drive.  Josh Makison, resident construction engineer, also says the Rogers Group/Ashmore Brothers has been contracted for several Seneca area jobs.  One of them on Shiloh […]

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Vote scheduled to change school calendar

At their meeting, Oconee school trustees are scheduled to vote on whether to move the start day for 2017-18 classes forward three days this summer—to avoid the total eclipse of the sun.  They also are to discuss a controversial reduction-in-force action that would strip the district of mental health counselors.  The board meets at 6 tonight at district headquarters in […]

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Weekend police chases

  One person was reported in custody as law enforcement officers chased a vehicle last night in the Westminster area.  Police Chief Dean Awalt called it a small, low-speed chase of speeds approximating 40 miles an hour, as officers pursued a suspected driving under suspension violator 101.7/WGOG NEWS also received word of a Sunday morning chase northbound on I-85 from […]

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Libby Jones

  Westminster – Libby Sheriff Jones, 53, of 254 Mill Creek Road, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017.  A graveside service will be held at 3 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at South Union Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 6 – 8 pm, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Sandifer Funeral Home. The family is at the home of […]

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Florence Towe Hightower

  West Union, SC — Florence Ava Towe Hightower, 94, wife of 44 years to the late David Cornelius Hightower, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017, at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00PM, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, in the Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from […]

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Susan Martin

Westminster – Susan Lorraine Martin, 55 of Westminster, SC slipped away peacefully in her home Friday evening February 17th. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm, Monday, February 20, 2017 at Faith Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 2 – 3 pm, Monday prior to the service. Burial will follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family is […]

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The mysterious Holsonback death 20 years later

Monday will be the 20th year since the body of a Clemson student was found floating in Lake Hartwell.  The homicide of Brooke Holsonback has remained one of the oddest and, perhaps, perplexing Oconee County cold cases.  There is a task force dedicated to identifying and catching who was responsible for her death.  The Clemson freshman from Prosperity was last […]

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Upbeat message sounded at “State of Oconee”

  Whether it was someone such as Ken Sloan or Richard Blackwell, the message to the large crowd today in Westminster was that Oconee County is a swell place to be and, in times ahead, is likely to be an even better place.  The “State of Oconee” luncheon proceeded without its original keynote speaker, Governor Henry McMaster.  Filling in, State […]

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