Upper Savannah reservoirs enter Drought Level 1

The reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level yesterday when pool elevation at Lake Thurmond dipped below 326 feet above mean seal level.  Entering Trigger Level 1 activates the corps’ drought management plan which limits the discharge rate from the Thurmond Dam.  Once either Lake Hartwell or Lake Thurmond enters […]

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Oconee road projects 2017-2022

Two major Oconee County intersections are in line for improvements over the next six years.  Projects to improve 123 and Davis Creek Road—the Food Lion intersection—-and the confluence of three roads that lead to Fair Play are in the hopper.  But there is a ways to go before anything is finalized in the state’s Transportation Improvement Program for 2017-2022.  It’s […]

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Defendant extradited to Oconee

A man arrested in Kentucky has been extradited to Oconee County to face multiple charges of child sex crimes.  A resident of the Bluegrass State, Daniel William McElreath was arrested in his home state July 12 but now is lodged in the Oconee Detention Center where, so far, he has been denied bond.  The Sheriff’s Office made this announcement:  “A […]

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Lamar “Pete” James Smith

  Walhalla, SC— Lamar “Pete” James Smith, 75, husband of the late Linda Palmer Smith, of 615 S. John Street, Walhalla, passed away Monday, July 25, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will […]

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Three-year sentence announced

  An Oconee General Sessions Court judge ordered a Greenville man today to enter an alcohol addiction facility for three years after the defendant’s plea of guilt to several charges.  The sentence, handed down by Judge Keith Kelly of Gaffney, went to Christopher Timothy Baldwin, who was arrested in March after a high-speed chase that covered parts of the Seneca […]

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Legionnaires announce scholarship winner

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The Walhalla American Legion proudly announces its 2016 Scholarship recipient is Kimberly Gibson (left) of Fayetteville, North Carolina, the granddaughter of Walhalla Post member Randy Gibson of Walhalla.  Post spokesman Jerry Dyar says Kimberly has enrolled at Fayetteville Technical Community College in the upcoming freshman class where she plans to study Elementary Education.  Dyar said, “Our post scholarship program is open to […]

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Alice Carol Hightower

Seneca, SC— Alice Carol Hightower, born July 17, 2016, infant daughter of William Cullen Blane and Savanna Carol Dobson Hightower, of 334 Pelham Creek Drive, Seneca, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:30 PM, […]

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Backpacks to be distributed in elementary schools

Backpacks will be handed out at Oconee’s 10 elementary schools during back to school events.  It’s a collaborative partnership between the school district and Oconee First Steps.  These backpacks are designed for all 4-K and pre-school intervention students.  Each contains two books and a parent information packet. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the backpacks, and so thankful […]

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