State grants occupancy permit

The State Department of Education has approved an essential document pertaining to Oconee County’s newest high school. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for operations, says the district has now received the occupancy permit for the new Walhalla High that is scheduled to open in time for the new school year in August. Having that permit means the district can open the […]

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Darrill John Newton Justice

Darrill John Newton Justice, 81, of 188 Animal Way, Westminster died Thursday at his home.  He was the husband of Dorothy Elizabeth Palmer Justice.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Sunday at Davenport Funeral Home; the burial in Neville Cemetery.  The family receives friends from 6 to 8 p-m Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home.  Flowers are accepted.  The family is […]

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30-year sentence for Pickens bank crime

At Pickens, an elderly man has been ordered to prison for 30 years for the crime of entering a bank with the intent to steal and grand larceny. The conviction by a Pickens County jury this week and the judge’s sentence means that Brent Christopher McLaurin will have to serve 25 and a half years of the sentence before being […]

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Take caution against phone fraud

A call to a Seneca area resident from someone purporting to be a Microsoft Tech Support individual, as far as the Oconee Sheriff’s Office can tell, was an attempt at fraud. The caller was able to gain remote access to the Seneca area resident’s computer and then started to look thru the personal files of the computer owner. It’s a […]

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Pauline Ella Sandt Walbert

Pauline Ella Sandt Walbert, 82, of 205 D Street, Westminster died Wednesday at her home.  She was the widow of Richard Harold Walbert Sr.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Saturday at the Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family receives friends from 1-2 p-m Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.  The family is at the residence.  Flowers are […]

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Seneca seeks funds for N. Townville phase two

Total cost for another phase of re-building Seneca’s North Townville Street is estimated at upwards of $700 thousand dollars, but at least one member of the county’s state “C” fund committee is wondering if the second phase of the project can be reduced in size for budgeting purposes. Richard Cottingham today said he’s worried that the total overall cost of […]

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ITT makes its Oconee expansion announcement

The need for a new test facility is behind ITT Corporation’s announcement that it will expand its Oconee County manufacturing operations. Those operations are located at 105 Commerce Way near Westminster. ITT, headquartered at White Plains, New York, promises to invest $2.5 million into the facility over the next five years. The announcement makes no mention of any new jobs. […]

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Oakway accident

State troopers reported injuries in an accident this morning on Bethel Church Road at South Carolina 182. At least one of those injured was flown by a medical helicopter from a field in front of the nearby Oakway Rescue Squad building.

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Basic military training completed

Air Force airman Reece Jankowy graduated from basic military training in San Antonio, Texas. He’s the son of Kevin Jankowy of Mountain Rest and Michelle Jankowy of Collierville, Tennessee. The airman’s grandparents, the parents of his father, are Frank and Betty Jankowy, who also live in Mountain Rest.

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