“Operation Infinity” No. 9 continues

Three more arrests have been made this week by Oconee law enforcement officers in the “Operation Infinity” drug sweep that began April 8. The Sheriff’s Office identified those arrested this week as Tarrell LeShawn Lee Williams of Seneca, and Aubrey Lake Justus and Jessica Danielle Morris, both of West Union. Five other individuals are still being sought.

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Mike Crane was the longest serving Ranger

Maxie Gates or Don Bollinger…no matter what other forest ranger you name. No one served longer than Mike Crane. But the former Oklahoman has finished his career with the U-S Forest Service, as the longest serving ranger within the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest. Crane retired in April after 16 years. Jen Barnhart is acting district ranger, […]

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Animal Shelter to be closed Thursday

A “good thorough cleaning” is planned at the Oconee Animal Shelter near Seneca, and that will mean both the shelter and the office of the Oconee Humane Society will be closed all day Thursday. The shelter is running normal hours today, Wednesday, and Friday, but no one should bring a pet by on Thursday.

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Boil water in Clemson’s Monaco Estates

Clemson has announced the extension of a boil water advisory covering those in one of its neighborhoods. Customers in Monaco Estates should vigorously boil their water for at least one full minute before drinking or cooking. Any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes. The advisory is a precaution only—the result […]

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Mary Gallagher

Mary R. Gallagher, 93, of Keowee Place, 475 Rochester Highway, Seneca and formerly of Leisuretowne, NJ died Sunday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.  A memorial service will be 10:30 a-m Thursday at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca, SC  29672.  Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com.  Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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Tempering the Lindsey Graham excitement

From his perch at Clemson, a political scientist likely can still hear the roar that was downtown Central yesterday. But a day later, Dave Woodard is applying a seasoned view of the chances for Oconee County resident Lindsey Graham to reach the White House. While Graham is expected to run strong in South Carolina’s Republican primary in February, there is […]

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New Jersey man arrested in Oconee

A New Jersey man believed to have been staying temporarily in Townville awaiting a ride back to the Garden State has been arrested and charged with stealing a car. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified 32-year old David Allen Simmons Jr., as charged with grand larceny in the theft last month of a 2007 Dodge Nitro from Shady Lane, Townville […]

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Senecans impressed by Presidential announcement

Lindsey Graham may be the favorite of South Carolina, but it’s the other states that the U-S senator must impress if he’s to get to move into the White House in 2017. Still the big event that officially launched the Oconee County resident into the 2016 political foray was something that impressed the local folk—those who know Graham well. Among […]

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Bridge to be replaced over Six Mile Creek

Part of Jones Mill Road in Pickens County will be closed this summer as a DOT contractor replaces the bridge spanning Six Mile Creek. The location is 1.5 miles northwest of South Carolina 133. The job goes to United Infrastructure of Great Falls. The bridge will be closed to traffic beginning Saturday and, barring unforeseen delays, the work will take […]

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Evaluating Thorsland’s first year

How well has Dr. Michael Thorsland acquitted himself in his first year as Oconee County Superintendent of Education? The board of trustees intends to evaluate Thorsland during a meeting Saturday in the conference room at Walhalla Middle School. The evaluation is planned as a closed-door session. When selected a year ago to succeed the retired Mike Lucas, Thorsland received a […]

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