An admission of guilt

A young man pleaded guilty today in the Oconee General Sessions Court to murder and other charges.  Judge Letitia Verdin accepted the plea entered by James William Toward, but an explanation of the facts involved and the sentencing were deferred until Wednesday.  Toward is now the second person to have pleaded guilty in the January 2014 shooting death in Utica […]

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Candidates to debate

All of the candidates in the contests this year for sheriff in both Anderson and Pickens counties will participate in debates next week at two of Tri-County Technical College’s community campuses.  Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark and challenger Tim Morgan will participate in the Pickens County debate set for Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at the College’s Easley campus […]

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African bees destroyed in Charleston

A colony of Africanized honey bees has been destroyed in Charleston County.  Those bees were the first of their type to be found in South Carolina in 15 years.  The Department of Plant Industry of Clemson University discovered the Africanized honey bees in a routine survey.  That survey is part of the agency’s charge to protect state beekeepers and the […]

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Overnight public safety activity

State troopers report an accident this morning near Salem.  They report injuries in an accident shortly after 5 this morning on the Choehee Valley Road at Davis Road.  A large fire, apparently a woods fire, broke out late last night on the Pickens County side of Lake Keowee.

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A “last pass-thru” at Salem

Alumni and others are getting their last chance this afternoon to walk the hallways of the one remaining public school in downtown Salem.  It’s only a matter of days before the Tamassee-Salem Middle/High School closes for good and looks to the future as a charter school.  Today’s event, arranged by the Oconee School District, is not just a chance to […]

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Crystal Waters Christopher

  Seneca, SC — Crystal Isola Waters Christopher, 81, of Seneca, SC, wife of the late Rev. John Dan Christopher, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Seneca Baptist Church with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive […]

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William Odell Watkins

  Westminster, SC— William Odell Watkins, 84, husband of Maybell Roach Watkins of 299 Johnson St., Apt 132, Westminster, SC, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at his home. The family will receive friends Saturday May 21, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Davenport Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday May 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM in […]

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Two EPA grants in Pickens County

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the selection of 5 new grant investments totaling $2,147,000 to 5 communities in South Carolina, two which are in Pickens County. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 – $820,000 in funding toward EPA cooperative agreements. The Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grants target communities that are underserved and economically disadvantaged, including […]

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West Union accident UPDATE

For a short time late this morning, one lane of SC 11 was blocked by a two-car accident. The accident occurred where traffic enters 11 from the Ingle’s side of the highway.  According to information received by 101.7/WGOG NEWS, the accident involved two cars but no serious injuries resulted.

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