Charlestonian’s death traced to natural causes

The death last weekend of a Charleston County man has been attributed to natural causes.  Coroner Karl Addis says the autopsy conducted on Seth Swetnam found the 36-year old suffered a heart attack before his body was found on a hiking trail near the Walhalla Fish Hatchery.  Coroner Karl Addis found evidence that Swetnam had completed a solo hike to […]

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Storm report

Red Cross volunteers came to the assistance of a Seneca area family whose home was damaged when storms passed through the area.  Two adults and two children on Lagoon Drive received comfort kits and financial assistance for temporary lodging. By 5:30 p.m. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 383 members without electric service.  They included 17 in Oconee County and 356 […]

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Richard “Ricky” Carl Cox

    Seneca, SC — Richard “Ricky” Carl Cox, 57, husband of Pamela Cox, of 543 Singing Pines Road, Seneca, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, […]

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Terry Whitfield

  Pendleton – Terry Ronald Whitfield, 57, husband of Arlene Black Whitfield, 432 Seawright Drive, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Lila Doyle Nursing Home. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Thursday, April 6, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 pm, prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.  […]

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Branch bank to close in Westminster

Late next month, Westminster will have one less savings bank.  Pending regulatory approval, First Citizens plans to close its office on Windsor Street.  The bank’s area executive Chuck Perry, in a letter to the customers, said, “After carefully and thoroughly evaluating the business operations of our Westminster office, located at 200 West Windsor Street, we’ve decided to close this branch […]

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WEATHER UPDATE from Oconee schools

The bands of heavy rain across Oconee County are a matter of concern for those concerned with the county’s public school day.  District staff are monitoring the forecast of what’s to come later in the day–especially around dismissal time this afternoon.  So far, according to assistant superintendent Steve Hanvey, classes will continue on schedule.  However, if the rain is an […]

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Plea to pay attention to roadway work zones

Motorists are requested to use caution and drive safely when approaching and driving through work zones.  Today marks the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week. According to the motor club AAA Carolinas, most people injured or killed in work zone crashes – approximately four out of every five – are drivers or passengers. In 2016, 26 people (24 travelers […]

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UPDATE: Fire consumes mobile home

Fire destroyed a trailer home this morning on “F” Street inside the Utica Community B-and-B Mobile Home Park.  The Seneca Fire Department reported no injuries.  There’s no immediate explanation how the fire started.  One fireman said he and fire fighters from three other stations faced a fully-engulfed trailer home.  

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