Arrests in Howard’s Rock case

Two North Carolina men have been arrested in the case of vandalism at the iconic symbol of Clemson football—Howard’s rock. Campus police charged Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest and Alden James Garvey, 17, of Brevard each with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice. The two men appeared before a Pickens County magistrate today, and each was released […]

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Case bound for the jury

The case alleging medical malpractice against an Oconee surgeon appears on its way this afternoon to the jury room. Defendant Dr. Frank Rao testified this morning in his defense. His testimony was the last of the week-long trial. The lawyers on both sides were making their final arguments. Then, the judge charges the jury on the applicable law in the […]

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“On bended knee” if needed, Crenshaw says

The Oconee Sheriff has given Walhalla the county’s official request for the city to make a zoning exception that would allow a new jail—just to the north side of the existing detention center. At City Hall this morning, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw gave City Administrator Nancy Goehle five pages of completed forms to start a process that likely will end with […]

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“Bi-lateral vocal chord paralysis”

The defendant took the stand this morning in the Oconee Common Pleas Court and started to answer questions from his attorney, in defense of the medical malpractice allegations against him. Dr. Frank Rao gave an explanation of the complications in the 2009 thyroidectomy to remove a cancerous gland from patient Cassie Sweenor. Rao told the jury during surgery Sweenor encountered […]

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Old St. John’s addition to be re-bid

The one bid received to build bathrooms at Walhalla’s Old St. John’s Meeting House project came in too high. The city is now re-opening the work. Interested contractors should get in touch with Scott Parris at the City Hall. In the meantime, according to an announcement by Old St John’s supporters Maxie Duke and Frank Strickland, a six-month extension of […]

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Copper thieves strike Oconee County

Thieves in search of copper to re-sell have struck once again in Oconee County. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft this week of 500 pounds of bare bright copper from HHH Recycling near Westminster. The stolen copper has an estimated value of $1,550. The thieves are also suspected of inflicting $5 thousand worth of damage at the business location […]

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