Former Banker To Be Arraigned

A former bank officer at Oconee-based Community First Bank is due in federal court this morning at Anderson for an initial appearance, according to sources in the US District Court. The proceeding for Benjamin Lee Hiott is an arraignment. According to sources with the federal court system, Hiott faces three counts of bank fraud. He is also a co-defendant in […]

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Walhalla woman dies in Saturday evening crash

An 18 year-old Walhalla woman died Saturday night in a single vehicle wreck near Westminster. The Highway Patrol says the crash occurred at 8:25 PM on South Highway 11 near the intersection of Mountain and Critter Roads. The Chrysler Sebring, driven by a 17 year-old male from Walhalla, and containing two female passengers, went down an embankment. Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says […]

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One dead following overnight shooting in Seneca

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says a 29 year-old Seneca man is dead following an overnight shooting. Addis says Anthony Letron Holden died at 9:33 AM Sunday from wounds he sustained in the shooting, which occurred around 12:30 AM at Sonny’s Bar & Grill at the corner of Wells Highway and Shiloh Road. The coroner says Holden was shot in […]

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Phillies no-hit Atlanta

Cole Hamels, together with three Philadelphia Phillies’ relievers,  no-hit the Atlanta Braves Monday, winning 7-0. Hamels went six innings and threw 108 pitches; he struck out seven, walked five, and hit one batter.  Then, relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to close out the 11th combined no-hitter in big league history.  It was the fourth no-hitter of the […]

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Rogers funeral plans set

Walhalla City Councilwoman and Oconee Red Cross Chapter leader Kathy Rogers died Friday afternoon after a battle with cancer. Rogers died the day after an interview aired on the “Golden Corner’s Morning Show” with Wayne Morton and other local musicians and friends of Rogers who had organized a tribute concert for Saturday night in Walhalla. Morton told host Kris Butts the […]

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Walhalla Councilwoman has cancer

Confirmation today, via a report in The Journal, of the cancer being fought by a Walhalla City Councilwoman. Kathy Rogers, who serves Oconee as the director of its American Red Cross chapter, is dealing with the disease after doctors found tumors in her brain, lungs, and possibly liver. The fifty-eight year old was elected to Walhalla’s council less than a year […]

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UPDATE: Seneca homicide victim was Washington State man

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis says the victim of a Thursday morning homicide in Seneca was a Washington State man. Addis says 32 year-old Scott Andrew Johnston, of Pullman, Washington, died from gunshot injuries sustained in the apparent home invasion which occurred Thursday morning at 24 Ames Street in the Utica Mill Village. Officials say Johnston was staying at the […]

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