Gravel road to be paved

A gravel section of an Oconee County-maintained road near Seneca is on the schedule to be improved. Mack Kelley, director of county public works, said the plan is to improve and pave the gravel road section of the Brown Farm Road in the Return Community. Kelley said, “Plans and permitting are still being finalized but work could start as early […]

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Jury hears testimony in traffic offense trial

A Chickasaw Point man went on trial today in the Oconee General Sessions Court, charged with traffic offenses that arose from an accident 14 months ago near Westminster. Russell Alan Tupper is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and habitual traffic offender. According to assistant solicitor Beth Blundy, Tupper was charged by the highway patrol after his […]

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Keowee Key man recognized by AARP

Keowee Key resident Harry Wertheimer has been recognized by the American Association of Retired Persons for teaching safe driver classes that attracted the highest, average number of participants in South Carolina. Wertheimer recently instructed two classes at Keowee Key and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Clemson that attracted more than 30 students. The new AARP Smart Driver course is […]

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Crooks and Chavez are new deputy sheriffs

 Two new deputy sheriffs have joined the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Rashad Crooks and Geraldo Chavez recently completed department training and look forward to serving the citizens of Oconee County. Crooks is a graduate of Seneca High School and Tri-County Technical College, where he majored in Criminal Justice. He began his career as an animal control officer and later as […]

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Police chase ends in Walhalla driveway

A chase by the Walhalla police ended in the driveway of a S. Katherine Street home and the arrest of the driver they were pursuing. The police say the arrest of Tamassee resident Joshua Paul Price took place around 2 o’clock Saturday morning after Price’s vehicle hit a parked car in the driveway. The chase had begun a few minutes […]

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Scope of hazing case widened today

Authorities say the scope of an incident of suspected hazing involving Walhalla soccer players has widened in nature. Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, said new information has been provided Walhalla High Principal Steve Garrett as to what allegedly took place the night of March 16 as the Razorback boys’ soccer team returned by bus from a game at Pickens. And […]

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Ohio company to analyze Oconee road conditions

Oconee County has hired a company to inventory and assess the condition of 660 centerline miles of roads and pavement in the county. Using its ON-SIGHT vehicle, Transmap of Upper Arlington, Ohio will collect data to assist the county in determining the conditions of the roads. Weather permitting, Transmap will spend about 20 days in Oconee gathering detailed measurements along […]

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Californian arrested on drug charges

A California man was arrested by Oconee sheriff’s officers over the weekend on multiple drug charges. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of 34-year old San Diego resident Steven Lee Duncan took place after deputies were called to Oconee Memorial Hospital. Warrants obtained by deputies Saturday accuse Duncan of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of methamphetamine, and […]

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18-month prison term for shoplifting defendant

A 40-year old woman with a previous shoplifting record has been sent to prison for 20 months. In Oconee General Sessions Court today, Judge Lawton McIntosh ordered a seven-year term for Vonetta Regenia Brown, suspended the sentence to 20 months and five years probation. Brown pleaded guilty today to shoplifting enhancement, which amounted to incidents of taking store items in […]

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