Distracted driving requires one more vote

After last night, Oconee County is one vote away from a distracted driving law that will make illegal any driver headed down the road while holding a cell phone next to his ear. County Council last night gave the second of three required readings to the ordinance proposed by Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. It means that no distracted driving will become […]

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Jail price: $16,253,068

Oconee County now has a guaranteed maximum price to build its new jail. It’s $16.2 million, as announced last night by Matt Berberick, program manager for designing the project. It’s a price suitable to Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and to the County Council. For that price, Oconee is to receive a facility of 64,339 square feet, containing 200 prison beds and, […]

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Inabinet unofficial winner

In close voting, Andy Inabinet is the unofficial winner of the special primary for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. Inabinet’s margin over fellow Republican Paul Cain amounted to 35 votes. Last night’s tally showed Inabinet at 444 votes and Cain 409. Officials estimate there are between eight and ten provisional ballots to be examined. The Oconee Elections Commission meets tomorrow […]

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Assistant principal resigns

A Walhalla High assistant principal has resigned. School district officials confirmed the resignation of Charlie Fowler, who had been placed on leave following a complaint of cyber bullying. District headquarters released the following statement: “The School District of Oconee County, both in policy and practice, prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any kind. Regrettably, a District employee made an inappropriate […]

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Deputy finds stolen van

 By pulling into a convenience store near Seneca, an Oconee deputy spotted a mini-van that matched the description of a stolen vehicle. The deputy arrested the driver, Brandon Leon Payne of Torrington Road, on the charge of possessing a stolen vehicle. The 34-year old Payne was also charged Monday night with driving under suspension.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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OC wants utility aircraft removed

Oconee County has begun legal action for the removal of a plane from the county’s airport near Clemson. A lawyer on behalf of the county filed pleadings in the Common Pleas Court seeking to enjoin the owner of a utility plane made by Helio Aircraft of Prescott, Arizona. The damage lawsuit identifies the plane owner as Cashiers, North Carolina resident […]

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Seneca’s population virtually unchanged

In two years time, according to an estimate from the Census Bureau, Seneca’s population fell by four residents. In the 2010 Census, Seneca sported a population of 8, 102. Two years later, Oconee’s largest municipality lost four residents, for a current estimated population of 8,098. Nearby Clemson is gaining residents. The Census Bureau reports that the city of Clemson grew […]

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West Union man charged in child sex case

The West Union police have announced criminal sexual conduct with minor charges against a 32-year old town resident. The police say Mark Timothy Todd of Schroder Street was booked last night into the Oconee Detention Center, accused in two warrants in incidents that allegedly involved a young boy. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between October 1 and February […]

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Zane-Bloser handwriting recommended

Out of concern for the handwriting abilities of today’s students, a 23-member Oconee School District panel recommends the adoption of a curriculum that stresses cursive writing skills. Only a few years ago the cursive style of writing, with its flowing strokes and rounded angles, was on the wane in Oconee public schools. But now a district handwriting team will ask […]

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Two hurt in Westminster mishap

Last night’s accident in Westminster injured two people and left thousands of dollars in property damage. The police say a Chevy SUV, driven by Westminster resident Patricia Baker, left SC 183 and struck a commercial building at the 123-183 intersection. The impact dropped the building awning on top of the car. Chief Dean Awalt said Baker was treated for minor […]

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