Lake Keowee drowining

A 25-year old Simpsonville man drowned late yesterday afternoon in Lake Keowee near the Fall Creek Landing. Coroner Karl Addis says the victim’s name is being withheld until today to allow other immediate family members to be notified. According to the coroner, the drowning occurred at a common swimming area known as “The Rock.” The victim was among a group […]

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New Century Farm in OC

An Oconee County farm purchased way back in 1905 and, since then, owned continuously by the same family has attained a prominent distinction. The South Carolina Century Farms Program is announcing the designation of the William A. Taylor Farm as a Century Farm. Today the farm is owned by Edgar and Anna Taylor Zelaya of West Union. The Century Farms […]

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Traffic snarled in front of Walhalla High

Two cars collided this morning on 183 in front of Walhalla High School, as the school and the adjacent Walhalla Middle School were starting a new week of classes. The police say one person received medical attention and the wreckage temporarily caused congestion at the traffic light intersection. This morning’s accident was reported at 7:20.

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Basic training completed

Air Force Airman Austin LeRoy graduated from basic military training in San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. LeRoy is the son of Denise and Duayne Stewart of Westminster and is a 2011 graduate of Walhalla High School.

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Look for it in the mail soon!

Oconee County taxpayers can soon expect to open their mail and see a 2013 property tax bill. County Treasurer Greg Nowell says those bills are likely to go out soon. Under a new format adopted a couple of years ago that saves money, Oconee tax bills are printed and mailed from Columbia.  

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Latest on Sanctuary Pointe from the SC PRT

A project with the potential to ramp up Oconee’s footprint for tourism is the one envisioned as a destination resort off Exit 1, I-85. Those behind Sanctuary Pointe made big splash early this year with an announcement of what they see for a Lake Hartwell peninsula. Since then, things have been quiet. But on Friday Marion Edmonds explained there’s a […]

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Augmenting SC’s trooper force

The first to be called when an accident such as Saturday’s occurs in South Carolina is a state trooper. Budget cuts, however, have reduced the force statewide which means, at times, it’s hard to find troopers when you need them. State Senator Thomas Alexander wants to change that. Alexander met last week in Oconee County with officials of the State […]

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Saturday accident leaves one dead, one hurt

A one-car weekend accident in Oconee County killed the driver and injured his passenger. Coroner Karl Addis reported the death of Jason Patrick Smith, 47 years old, of Courtney Smith Drive. The accident occurred on the Wolfstake Church Road, near Courtney Smith Drive. According to the highway patrol, the car Smith drove hit a tree. His passenger, 29-year old Sarrah […]

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Fire destroys rural Oconee home

A late night fire near Westminster has destroyed a home, but its two occupants were unharmed. All belongings in the home were lost and the Oconee Chapter of the American Red Cross is providing temporary assistance. According to Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King, cause of the fire at 220 Chevis Mountain Road in the Cleveland Community is accidental. The fire […]

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