Flags temporarily removed from courthouse front

The three flags that stand in front of the Oconee Courthouse have been temporarily taken down.  County maintenance has informed Beverly Whitfield, clerk of court, that the rope and cables supporting the flags must be replaced.  Once they are replaced, the U-S, South Carolina, and Oconee County flags will fly again in front of the Short Street side of the […]

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Billy Joe Murphy

Seneca, SC— Billy Joe Murphy, 65, husband of Louise Murphy, of 929 Shiloh Road, Seneca, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, October 21, 2016, at Parkway Baptist Church, Seneca, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, or to Shriners […]

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Police combine to make arrest in Newry

The Walhalla police and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office combined to make an arrest this week, and they went to a home in Newry to find their man.  According to an announcement by the Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Eugene Fortner (right) was arrested after officers knocked on the door of a home on Broadway Street.  The 30-year old Fortner faces the following […]

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Doctor expounds on Cook’s burn injuries

A doctor at the regional burn center in Augusta, Georgia expounded from the witness stand on the severity of the burns that Katherine Cook suffered in 2014 at her home near Seneca and how those injuries affected her then and now.  Dr. Joseph Shaver was the final prosecution witness of the second day of the trial of Cook’s ex-husband, Jacob […]

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Kenneth Duane Lusk

 Hodges, SC— Kenneth Duane Lusk, 42, husband of Melissa Timms Lusk, of 5309 Highway 185, Hodges, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Friday, October 21, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Davenport Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to […]

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Bridge asbestos should be removed by tomorrow

The potentially hazardous building material asbestos is scheduled to be removed from the Clemson railroad bridge by tomorrow.  According to announcement from the city of Clemson, the far right lane on Highway 133 toward Six Mile is closed while the work takes place.  Starting tomorrow, there will be no closures until the old bridge is removed.  But removing the bridge […]

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Fellow inmate lays blame on defendant

A former inmate told the Oconee jury this morning that while in jail, Jacob Drotning admitted to him that he poured gasoline onto his wife and set her on fire.  Prior to the witness taking the stand, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons asked reporters to withhold the release of the witness’s name.  The witness insisted he received no favorable consideration of […]

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Groundwater monitoring at closed landfill

Groundwater monitoring has been taking place at a now closed landfill near Walhalla as long ago as the 1980s, but a question that arose during a public information meeting sponsored last night by Oconee Solid Waste was whether any contaminants have been detected to the extent that Walhalla water supply could be affected.  Geologist Kevin Anderson responded this way:  “The […]

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