Student art work carries environmental message

Some of Oconee’s youngest citizens are spreading an environmental message today on Earth Day. Students at Keowee Elementary School have decorated paper grocery bags with art work with an environmental theme and those bags are being passed out today at the West Union Ingle’s Store. Keowee Elementary is proud to be involved in what it is an international education effort […]

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Defense rests

The prosecution rested its case yesterday against a Seneca area man, charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree. As the trial recessed until 9:30 this morning, the question left was whether Wilbur Rickmon will testify in his defense. The jury heard testimony about an alleged incident involving Rickmon and a female neighbor at a trailer park in September […]

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Magistrate’s worker arrested

An arrest warrant alleges crime occurred within the office of the Walhalla Magistrate. The state police yesterday announced the arrest of a 44-year old Westminster woman in an investigation of missing funds from the Walhalla Summary Court, where she worked. According to the state Law Enforcement Division, Constance Louise Weaver was charged with embezzling public funds. It’s a crime that […]

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Westminster acts to cut power costs

Usually this time of the year Westminster raises its retail electric power charge—once it gets word from its regional supplier that its wholesale charge is going up. But not this year. At the recommendation last night of first-year city administrator Jeff Lord, the city council adopted a new rate schedule that avoids a 4% wholesale increase this year from Piedmont […]

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Walhalla embarks on Streetscape

A large crowd assembled in Walhalla, near the corner of Main and S. Tugaloo, late on the work day partly to symbolize hope that in the future the core business district downtown will enjoy greater commerce and activity. Some of the city’s leaders put on hard hats and reflective jackets for the groundbreaking for Streetscape. Building and parking lot owner […]

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Former car dealership employee arrested

A former car dealership employee has been arrested and charged with taking $3,951.86 worth of checks from her workplace and converting them to her own use. The Sheriff’s Office announced forgery and breach of trust with fraudulent intent charges against Pamela Gail Rogers (Blackwell). An arrest affidavit alleges the crime occurred December 3 at Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge. Investigators say […]

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Runs and bike events to impact Oconee highways

Running and bicycle events this weekend in Oconee County will affect the normal flow of motorized traffic, and officials are asking the public to be especially careful in the vicinity of these visiting athletes. The USA Triathlon NCAA national championships and the 2015 Color Run are coming to the Clemson/Seneca area. The inside lanes of US 76/123 and SC 93 […]

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William Ray Brooks

William Ray Brooks, 51, of 613 Anderson Street, West Union died Monday at his home. He owned Fit4 Life in Walhalla and founded the Eric Brooks Memorial Scholarship nine years ago.  The funeral will be 2 p-m Wednesday at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.  All services at the cemetery will be private per family request. The family receives friends from 12:00 […]

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It’s about re-branding Ken Sloan says

Ken Sloan, president/CEO of Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau in Oconee County, is on board with Walhalla’s efforts to re-vitalize the downtown with its Streetscape project. And Sloan points to an important part of the project—-a 5 o’clock ceremony downtown this afternoon. Sloan is pushing the interests of Oconee recreation and tourism supporters for a re-branding of the county […]

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Trial testimony underway

An Oconee jury started hearing testimony this morning in a General Sessions Court trial in which the defendant, Wilbur Rickmon, is charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree. Rickmon’s accuser, a young female neighbor, was the first prosecution witness. In an opening statement to the jury, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons said the victim thought she was going to […]

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