Ties strengthened between India and South Carolina

South Carolina is broadening its connection with India, the world’s second most populous nation, with the help of Ratan Tata.  He has been called the father of modern industry in India and is funding fellowships that will pay for five Indian students to work toward automotive engineering degrees at Clemson University. Tata received an honorary Ph.D. in automotive engineering from […]

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Pickens County gets new administrator

Twenty three years ago, Gerald Wilson started his career with Pickens County government as a motor equipment operator.  Today Pickens County announced Wilson as its new county administrator starting next month.  A 6-0 vote last night of the County Council named Wilson to the post.  He gets a two-year contract.  The new Pickens County administrator’s career with county government is […]

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Fire leaves pickup truck heavily damaged

Walhalla fire fighters could see the flames as they approached the scene.  They quickly put out the fire in a Chevy S-10 about 20 feet away from the gas pump at the W. Main Street Corner Stop convenience store, but not before the fire ravaged the cab and other parts of the truck.  No one was hurt.  The fire occurred […]

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Zoning change recommended at Seneca High

  Preliminary approval has been received by the Oconee School District to put up a new sign on property at the Seneca High School.  After a hearing, the city planning commission last night recommended a change to highway commercial zoning for two acres of school district property.  Jason Streetman, city planner, said the sign will allow the district to promote […]

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Law enforcement oath to protect and serve

A statement of sympathy from South Carolina to Louisiana.  Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is passing on a prepared statement from his counterpart in Aiken County, Sheriff Michael Hunt, speaking for the South Carolina Sheriffs Association.  In part that statement reads, “The Sheriffs of South Carolina mourn for our fallen brothers in Baton Rouge and call for our citizens to support […]

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Planning commissioners ponder a name change

Once again, Oconee planning commissioners are wrestling with making rule changes to the county’s control free zoning district.  Their staff liaison, Josh Stephens, last night introduced the term of general use district as a potential replacement term for control free district, which takes in an estimated two-thirds of the county’s acreage.  Stephens requested that he be allowed to confer with […]

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Audrey Roper Crooks

Seneca, SC— Audrey Roper Crooks, 81, wife of the late Charles James Crooks, of 207 Crooks Road, Seneca, went to her heavenly home, Monday, July 18, 2016, at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday, July 22, 2016, at Reedy Fork Baptist Church with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive […]

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Arrest alleges Seneca kidnapping

A 35-year old man from the Pickens County town of Central has been arrested in Seneca on the charge of kidnapping.  The Seneca police placed Michael Andre Fruster into custody during the midnight hour Sunday outside a By-Pass 123 night spot.  The arrest warrant, issued by the Seneca municipal judge, alleges Fruster “did unlawfully seize, confine, kidnap or abduct the […]

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Assault at the Oconee Jail

  An incident last night at the Oconee Jail in Walhalla is being investigated as a case of assault.  Deputy Crooks of the Sheriff’s Office has been assigned the investigative duty.  Major Steve Pruitt said the incident in Unit “D” of the first-year detention center allegedly involved two prisoners, and the victim declined medical treatment.  According to Pruitt, the assault […]

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