Tip of the cap to Bob Brock

A retiring Oconee County election leader is being credited with a smooth hand to help guide the election process over decades.  Oconee Democrat Mike Evatt expressed his appreciation today for what Bob Brock, chairman of the county Election Commission, has done in his roles over the years.  Brock was often the go-to individual for questions and help in correcting the […]

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William Andrew Oakley

  Seneca, SC — William Andrew Oakley, 89, husband of JoAnn Moffitt Oakley, of 621 Knox Road, Seneca, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Oconee Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be conducted at 12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 16, 2017, at Coneross Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday, prior to the service, at […]

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New magistrates take the oath and receive assignments

With funding made possible by the Oconee County Council, two part-time magistrates are in place and have their assignments.  The oath of office was administered by Clerk of Court Beverly Whitfield to Erin Moon of Seneca and Dan Pollock of Walhalla.  At this morning’s ceremony, Chief Magistrate Todd Simmons announced that Moon and Pollock will divide time working inside the […]

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Father accidentally backs car over young daughter

Tragedy in Stephens County, Georgia the day before Mother’s Day. Sheriff Randy Shirley said Saturday evening in the Avalon Community a little girl was killed when her father accidentally backed over her. “Our prayers go out to the family and it is especially going to hit hard with Mother’s Day tomorrow” said Shirley. According to the Sheriff, no charges will […]

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St. Patrick Catholic Church “disappeared”

In the 1850s, when work proceeded on the ill-fated railroad at Stumphouse Tunnel in Oconee County, most of the 600 workmen were Irish Catholics and made for what then was the largest congregation of Roman Catholics in Upstate South Carolina.  They worshipped at Saint Patrick Catholic Church at Tunnel Hill.  Local historian Lowell Ross’s account of what happened touches on […]

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Month-long observance to prevent child abuse

  If there’s one thing that Marie Dunnam will say after this past month of April, it is that there is satisfaction to take from an effort to draw attention to the need to stop or reduce child abuse.  Dunnam is the exective director of Oconee First Steps. Perhaps, the most visible sign of a one-month observance to draw attention […]

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Bonita Vinson

  Seneca – Bonita Mariya Washington Vinson, 26, wife of Charles Allen Vinson, Jr., of 701 S. Cherry Street, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 6 pm, Friday, May 19, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church, Seneca. The family will receive friends 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Friday prior to […]

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William E. O’Dell

William Earl O’Dell, 54, of 200 West Oak Hwy., passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017.   A Memorial service will be held at 4 pm, Monday, May 15, 2017 from the Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service Monday from 3 – 4 pm, at the funeral home.   The family is at the residence. Flowers […]

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Sewer Authority claims it’s not the holdup

  Officials of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority are taking umbrage today at the suggestion that the JRSA is the reason that Oconee County government has withheld a builder’s permit from the general contractor for the Pioneer water plant project.  And one of them, sewer authority attorney Larry Brandt, says it seems Pioneer’s consultant firm is misinformed when it […]

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