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Georgia wreck victim now jailed in Oconee

August 27, 2014

A Georgia man injured in a motorcycle accident in his home state and flown to a Tennessee hospital is now in the Oconee County jail, where he faces charges dating back nine years. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identifies the arrested man as Gregory Wendell Rutledge, a 53-year old resident of Chatsworth, Georgia. Oconee deputies went…

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Walhalla meeting termed “productive”

August 27, 2014

The chairwoman of a special Walhalla committee calls last night’s meeting productive and says her committee will present a recommendation next week to the city council. At the request of Mayor Edwards, Councilwoman Jennifer Crawford convened a meeting of interested parties to resolve questions and concerns over Oktoberfest changes proposed by the chamber of commerce.…

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Events coordinator thinks big

August 27, 2014

At Seneca, the city’s events coordinator is thinking big. Riley Johnson told a committee meeting this morning at City Hall that he’s laying the groundwork to potentially qualify Seneca’s one-half marathon as an official qualifier for the Boston Marathon. There are a lot of hoops to clear before attaining such a designation, but Johnson has…

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Police seizeure and arrests

August 27, 2014

The police in Westminster say a traffic stop Monday evening on highway 24 near E. Main Street resulted in arrests and the seizure of cash and drug-like items. According to Chief Dean Awalt, three North Carolina residents were arrested. The police say they stopped a van for failing to use a required turn signal and…

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Seneca leaders see drawing for utilities warehouse

August 27, 2014

Seneca leaders were shown last night a drawing for a new Light and Water warehouse and facility. The warehouse facility is proposed at the rear of City Hall on a block of North Walnut—between 2 and 3rd streets. Utilities superintendent Bob Faires said, as planned, the facility won’t be as elaborate or expensive as the…

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Seneca to negotiate anew

August 27, 2014

Seneca’s mayor and council are being told it’s time to start to negotiate a new wholesale electric contract for the city. The negotiations determine how much Seneca will pay for its future electric power supply and, in the end, how much its retail customers will also pay. The current contract, with the Southern Company, expires…

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Decision on group home expansion delayed 2nd time

August 27, 2014

An Oconee regulatory board, for a second time, delayed a decision on whether Whetstone Academy in Mountain Rest may expand its quarters to help troubled boys of middle school age. There is opposition from neighbors to the private school’s plans to increase its capacity to 32 students. Last night Gary Littlefield, member of the board…

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Seneca loses 200 thousand gallons of water

August 27, 2014

A water line gave way near Seneca and now a new patch of asphalt covers highway 28 north of Parkway Products—to show where the crews of Light and Water made their repairs early yesterday morning. Bob Faires, utilities superintendent, says the mishap cost Seneca about 200 thousand gallons of water. Faires described what happened as…

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Sheriff’s Office warns of new scam

August 26, 2014

Oconee Sheriff’s Office warns the public of a new scam. Someone who claimed to be calling on behalf of the court tried to bilk a Westminster senior citizen out of money. The caller claimed the senior citizen was being fined for not appearing for jury duty. And, if the senior citizen bought a green dot…

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Defendant changhes plea

August 26, 2014

An Oconee jury had been picked to hear the arson case against a man in a wheelchair, but the defendant stopped his trial this morning by pleading guilty to two charges.  For the crimes of arson third degree and throwing bodily fluids, Robert Clarence Walters was placed on home incarceration for five years.  The 46-year…

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  • December 20, 2014 6:00 pmMountain Rest Community Club's Monthly Meeting
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