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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Sewer Authority to hold executive session

Officials of the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority have confirmed to 101.7/WGOG NEWS that an executive session is scheduled Wednesday night.  And we are told that, in this meeting, the commission will consider county government’s offer to settle the long-running dispute over a revenue sharing agreement which binds the county to pay the JRSA $610 thousand a year.  For comment […]

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National meet ahead for Seneca athletes

A U-S track and field-affiliated team, the Seneca Blazers,looks forward to national competition in Sacramento, California.  It will be an expensive trip for the 16 members of the Seneca Blazers.  The Blazers estimate the cost for each team member will approximate $800 dollars.  They are fund-raising, and one way you can help make their trip possible is through the facebook […]

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Heavy fire toll near Salem

Fire consumed a home near Salem that experienced a lightning storm Saturday afternoon. Two people inside a home on Lake Cherokee managed to get out without being hurt.  At 299 Highland Way, fire fighters encountered flames through the roof of the home.  As many as 30 personnel from fire stations in both Oconee and Pickens needed more than an hour […]

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Mid-afternoon fires

Two significant fires are being fought this afternoon in Oconee County–one in Westminster; the other, near Salem.  At Westminster, fire has been extinguished in the BMI manufacturing/warehouse building on 123/the Toccoa Highway.  By 4 this afternoon, only smoke can be seen coming out of the large building.  Lt. Michael Smith of the Westminster Fire Department said work was being done […]

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Allegations of drug violations disrupt home life

A mother near Seneca has been arrested on drug charges and her two young children have been placed in protective custody.  Oconee Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Brenna Michelle Graham on charges that she exposed the children in the manufacture of methamphetamine. A Friday morning welfare check at Graham’s home on Knollcrest Drive led to what officers say was […]

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