Jail tours start tomorrow

Public tours of Oconee’s new jail begin tomorrow morning, and Sheriff Mike Crenshaw invites everyone to have a look at what was once called “the biggest building the county will ever build.”  It sits on the grounds of the Oconee Law Enforcement Center on S. Church Street in Walhalla.  Tours tomorrow take place 10 a-m to noon and 3 to […]

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Betty Durham

Betty Dickson Durham, 73, of 1556 Dr. John’s Road, Westminster died Saturday at her home.  She was the widow of Warren Phillip “Phil” Durham.  A graveside service will be 11 am Wednesday at First Baptist Memorial Park.  The family will be at the residence where they will receive friends.  Flowers accepted.  Memorials may be made to GHS Hospice of the […]

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Hoyt Henry Burton

Hoyt Henry Burton, 81, of 515 Burton Memorial Drive, Westminster died Saturday at his home.  He was the husband of Meredith Phillips Burton.  The funeral will be 2 pm Tuesday from the chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 6-8 pm Monday at Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial follows in Calvary Church of God Cemetery.  The family is […]

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Deadline approaches January 1

In Pickens County, the Sassafras Mountain brick paver donation program, which has raised about $40 thousand for the viewing platform on top of South Carolina’s highest point, officially draws to a close January 1.  Mark Hall, the Jocassee Gorges project leader for the state DNR, says they are close to breaking ground for the platform, so it’s time to wind […]

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Warpath Landing and “a trail of lawsuits”

Lake Keowee property on the Pickens County side has been leased to a development group for nearly nine years, but no construction has been started.  After all this time, a court battle continues involving Warthpath Landing’s original partners in the development group WDI.  The potential for a hotel and conference center concerns “FOLKS”—Friends of Lake Keowee.  There are to be […]

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147 players in All-County Band Concert

This year’s All-County Band Concert held at West-Oak High School featured 147 band students from across Oconee County, and drew accolades from music experts.  A clinic lasting two days and more than 10 hours’ practice and preparation went into the event.  Clinicians Jim Kilgus of Mauldin Middle School and Jeff Norman of Greer High School complimented the All-County Band performers […]

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New drug sweep is Operation Infinity #12

A new sweep through out Oconee aimed at those violating drug laws is underway.  “Operation Infinity” #12 started yesterday morning as the Sheriff’s Office teamed with the police departments from Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, and West Union.  In all, 19 people are being sought.  By 3:30 yesterday afternoon, six had been arrested.  The charges involve methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and crack cocaine.  […]

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Zoning change sails thru City Hall hearing

The zoning board in Walhalla approved a special exception last night to allow Christ Central Ministries’ project to take shape when the county moves to its new jail.  The special exception applies at 300 South Church Street to allow CCM’s “A Hope and a Future” project to help the county’s down and out.  In its first phase, the project will […]

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Fire scene death appears to have been from gun shot

The Oconee coroner says the preliminary investigation at a Long Creek fire scene indicates a 66-year old man died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.  Coroner Karl Addis’s announcement does not identify the deceased by name.  The man was found in a bedroom at 199 Grace Lane.  An autopsy is scheduled today.  Meantime, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the investigation of […]

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Female robber still loose

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Clemson Police responded to an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 10:15AM on Tuesday, December 1 at the Advance America Store on Hwy 123 within the city. The suspect is a black female; 5’-00” to 5’-2” tall; heavy build who was wearing a black North Face coat; Red hat; and white Air Jordan shoes. She presented what appeared to be […]

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