Charlotte Hildebrand

    Seneca- Charlotte Rae Hildebrand, 83, of Camelot Drive passed away October 19, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A Funeral Service will be held 1:00 pm Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home and the family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Mrs. Hildebrand’s memory to […]

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Guilty on all charges, 50-year prison term

The jury at Oconee General Sessions Court found Jacob Drotning guilty on all four charges, and the judge responded with a sentence totaling 50 years in prison.  Drotning is about 40 years old.  In all, the jury took two hours to decide the case.  Judge Scott Sprouse used the words “terrible” and “horrific” to describe what happened to the defendant’s […]

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Seneca bus service turns 10 years old

In these last ten years, getting in and around Seneca has been made easier by the city’s affiliation with “CAT”–Clemson Area Transit.  This month marks 10 years of free bus service for Seneca and nearby sections of Oconee County.  At first, diesel buses traveled the routes.  They have since been replaced by quieter and environmental-friendly electric buses.

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Both sides rest!

Defendant Jacob Drotning chose this morning against taking the witness stand.  His side further decided to offer no witnesses.  So, with the prosecution also having rested, the four charges against Drotning are moving toward jury deliberations–once the lawyers make their final arguments and the judge instructs the jury on the applicable law.  Then it will be the jury’s duty to […]

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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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