Deputy Justin Stokes an honored graduate

Oconee deputy sheriff Justin Stokes (center) has graduated from the state Criminal Justice Academy and its basic law enforcement program, and he did it with special honor. Stokes was awarded the J.P. Strom Award, given to the graduate who achieves the highest overall academic average after the successful completion of all performance tests. Stokes shared the award with officer and […]

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Virginia “Jenny” Farmer

Walhalla, SC— Virginia Erline Farmer, 48, of 1537 Highlands Hwy, Walhalla, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 PM, Friday, December 16, 2016, at Rocky Knoll Baptist Church with visitation to follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Virginia Farmer Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 571, […]

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Whitmire anticipates education panel re-assignment

The Walhalla area state representative in 2017 expects to be seated on the House committee that has primary responsibility for public education spending.  District One’s Bill Whitmire awaits a meeting next week with both Governor Nikki Haley and Molly Spearman, the state superintendent of education.  “It’s not official yet.  I’ll probably find out next week,” is how Whitmire, a retired […]

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Northeast Georgia public official indicted

A commissioner for Franklin County, Georgia, David Strickland,  has been indicted on two felony counts in connection with the purchase of property in Canon. The indictments were handed down Monday against Strickland by the Franklin County Grand Jury. Afterward, a judge issued a bench warrant on behalf of the grand jury for the 56-year old Strickland, a Lavonia resident. Strickland […]

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Telisa Hilley

Seneca – Telisa Whitner Hilley, 52, wife of Keith Allen Hilley, 101 Carson Road, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held 2 pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family is at their respective homes.  Flowers are accepted of memorials may be made C/O Hospice of the Foothills, […]

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North Carolinian jailed in Westminster carjacking

A young North Carolinian has been placed in Oconee County jail, as part of a cross-jurisdiction investigation of a carjacking this week in Westminster.  The Sheriff’s Office today announced the following charges against 19-year old Luisito Alexander Bonilla-Rodriguez:  carjacking, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and armed robbery.  By 11 this morning, Bonilla-Rodriguez remained in […]

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Oconee attains reduction in uninsured health insuraned population

A non-profit organization that strives to help solve economic challenges faced by South Carolinians believes that, in spite of its short fallings, the country’s health insurance law has made a measurable difference in the state and in Oconee County.  The Palmetto Project’s Shelli Quenga this morning provided updated numbers from the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, to indicate that […]

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Lillian Nuttall is an advocate for agriculture

A 16-year old West-Oak High student will take on the role as an advocate of agriculture through her appointment to a national advisory council.  The Oconee School District has announced that Lillian Nuttall, as a member of the Agrisafe Young Advisors Council, will represent health and safety professionals who strive to reduce health disparities in the agricultural community. The group […]

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