House-building project starts tomorrow

During the 10 days leading to the Homecoming game, Clemson University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter will bring together more than 500 students for its annual house-build on Bowman Field. Chapter members encourage everyone to participate in the build that begins tomorrow and continues until October 24. No experience is required. Students will be taught how to properly swing hammers, put […]

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Separate drug arrests Sunday

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office arrested an Anderson County woman and an Athens, Georgia man on drug trafficking charges in separate Sunday incidents in the county. The Sheriff’s Office identified 34-year old Belton resident Tabitha Ann Hammond and 57-year old Athens resident Timothy Charles Pinkham of having been booked into the Oconee Detention Center. Hammond was arrested as the result of […]

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New arrests in drug sweep

Three more arrests have been reported in the latest drug sweep by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office. The seventh edition of “Operation Infinity” started September 25. The latest arrests occurred between midnight Thursday, October 2 and midnight Sunday, October 12. One of the three arrested, Lyndsay Rebecca Eades, 21-year old of Safety Harbor Road, West Union, was arrested Saturday in a […]

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Political signs put up one day, stolen the next

Maxie Duke of Walhalla has been a Democrat for nearly 59 years—the same period of time that she has lived on N. Katherine Street.  On Friday afternoon, she posted on her property three signs promoting the candidacies next month of Democratic candidates.  By the next morning, those signs were gone.  Duke suspects someone entered her property and stole the signs.  […]

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Defendant: “I got set up”

A GreenvilleCounty inmate pleaded guilty today in Oconee to criminal charges related to car theft in Rabun County, Georgia.  George Cleveland III is serving a six-year term in Greenville for charges similar to the charges that brought him today to an OconeeCounty courtroom.  Cleveland today pleaded guilty to receiving or selling vehicle with falsified vehicle identification number and the possession, […]

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Moulder back on the stand

Scott Moulder is back on the witness stand—this time as a witness for defendant Oconee County. After the plaintiff in the airport runway trial rested, Oconee County began its defense of the damages in excess of $1 million sought by Plateau Excavation, the project general contractor. And the county called County Administrator Moulder as its first witness. He was immediately […]

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Point-counterpoint on 1% referendum

Brad Norton and Ward Fetrow both live near Salem. But these Tamassee community neighbors share differing views on how their fellow Oconee County residents should vote next month on adding a penny to the local sales tax. Norton favors a one-cent addition to pay for a list of betterment projects countywide. Fetrow does not take issue with the worthiness of […]

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Lending a voice to fill a need

An Oconee student has lent her voice to help a fill a need within the county’s public school district. Walhalla Middle School 8th grader Rachel Twitty is part of her school’s student-operated radio station. And, in that capacity, Rachel recently recorded a pitch urging qualified individuals to consider becoming district bus drivers. Part and full-time bus driver’s jobs are available. […]

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Pleateau executive testifies

An executive for earth-moving company Plateau Excavation testified for his side Friday afternoon as the first week of a lengthy, complex trial wound down at the Oconee County Courthouse.  The witness was Brad Carroll, Plateau’s senior vice president and chief operating officer.  Carroll was preceded on the stand by a pair of what the court accepted as expert witnesses.  In […]

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