For Halloween, state will count bats

White-nose Syndrome, and Jennifer Kindel and Mary Bunch are seeking the permission of South Carolinians who have caves and old mines on their property.  The Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will conduct annual hibernating bat counts and testing bats and their hibernation locations for the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome (WNS). Focal counties this year will include Abbeville, Anderson, Calhoun, […]

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Rosemary Bailes makes way for Joe Rukat

To the task of Oconee public education, Walhalla resident Rosemary Bailes brought a perspective born 45 years ago when she accepted an offer to teach French at Westminster High School.  After retiring as a Walhalla High teacher, Bailes served as a policymaker for education as the District Two trustee.  But she is bound for the sidelines, and last night was […]

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Trustees add two school officers

Oconee school trustees will pay for the hiring and equipping of two additional school resource officers to be assigned to the county’s elementary schools.  The trustees last night approved a plan to assign the one existing elementary school officer and the two additional ones to cover the 10 elementary schools district wide.  During last night’s meeting, there was no disagreement […]

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Deputy and suspect scuffle at burglary scene

A 20-year old Oconee County man has been arrested as the result of a weekend incident at a south highway 11 home in which an alleged burglary occurred and deputies were forced to separate the suspect from two people who are believed to be victims.  Deputies went to the home during the 5 o’clock hour Sunday morning and investigated an […]

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Judge rules have photos have “probative value”

Judge Scott Sprouse has decided that photographs of a woman burned at a home near Seneca have probative value and he will allow the prosecution to offer them as evidence during a trial that starts this morning at the Oconee Courthouse.  Sprouse denied a motion by the defense attorney who considers the photographs “highly prejudicial” and sought to have them […]

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Blease Woodall

  Westminster – Blease Cole Woodall, 89, husband of 66 years to Mildred Wilbanks Woodall, 215 Pickens Road, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 11 am, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Heritage Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 […]

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Earline Woodard Browning

Salem, SC— Earline Woodard Browning, 75, of 215 Meadow Ridge Drive, Salem, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Mount Carmel #2 Cemetery, SC. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 PM, Wednesday, October 19, […]

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Jury picked for trial starting tomorrow

Opening arguments and the first testimony in SC v. Drotning is set for 9:30 tomorrow morning at the Oconee Courthouse.  The first day of General Sessions Court is being taken up by the jury selection and the defendant’s pre-trial motions.  Jacob Daniel Drotning faces four criminal charges, as the result of a late night house fire in 2014 near Seneca […]

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Industry display case at Seneca High School

A new showcase on display at the Seneca High School represents the school district’s endeavors to raise awareness among students of the products made by local manufacturing plants.  The display case was designed and built for Seneca High and contains products from Sandvik Coromant, the first industry to respond to the project. Sandvik placed Inserts, or cutting tools, in various […]

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