Judge: “Can’t leapfrog the process”

A man who was judged not guilty by reason of insanity in an Oconee County homicide case is bidding for release from the custody of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.  Jason Mark Carter appeared today in an Oconee courtroom as his attorney argued that doctors now say his client no longer requires Department of Mental Health treatment.  Carter […]

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“Minor child” settlement approved

Two parties are no longer defendants in a lawsuit alleging that a Walhalla High soccer player was the victim of an initiation ritual.  Judge John Hayes today approved the request of an attorney for the boy’s parents to settle their case against the Oconee School District and one other defendant.  The total settlement amount is $75 thousand—of which the school […]

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An extended deal for James Clements

The Clemson University board of trustees approved an extension of President James P. Clements’ contract through Feb. 2, 2022. The original contract for Clements was set to expire at the end of 2018. According to the university, the financial terms of the contract have not changed. Clements currently draws an annual salary of $801,330.  The state of South Carolina pays […]

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Weekend traffic accidents in Oconee

A van was left on its side in an accident around 6:45 yesterday morning, southwest of Walhalla.  Reports received by 101.7/WGOG NEWS indicate the van hit a power pole on the Stribling Shoals Road and a power outage resulted for Blue Ridge Electric customers.  Late Friday morning in Seneca, two cars collided at N. Chestnut and W-N 1st Streets.  Police […]

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Voluntary flu restrictions at Lila Doyle

The numbers of confirmed flu cases continue to increase across the Upstate, and special restrictions apply to the Lila Doyle health and nursing rehabilitation facility at Seneca.  A spokeswoman for Greenville Health System says, “Lila Doyle has now put into effect a voluntary restriction for pediatric visitors. It’s also asked that visitors refrain from shaking hands with residents to help […]

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Moulder: no property tax hike in 2017-18

Oconee County Council, which includes two new members, is receiving an analysis today of the county’s financial standing from its administrator, Scott Moulder.  The presentation started this morning with a review of the last completed government year—2015-16—during which the county financed a budget of $42.8 million.  All but 25% of that budget was financed by Oconee County property taxes.  Moulder […]

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Topping off ceremony held for student center

Tri-County Technical College and Juneau Construction celebrated a milestone in the construction of the College’s $42-million Student Success Center with a topping off ceremony Thursday to commemorate the last piece of structural steel being put into place. In building construction, a topping off ceremony acknowledges when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction.  Targeted completion date […]

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Katie Smith the new Clerk to Oconee County Council

In a special morning meeting, Oconee County Council approved Katie Smith as its next Clerk to Council.  Smith succeeds Beth Hulse and will start work Monday, according to Council Council Chairwoman Edda Cammick.  Smith is moving into her new duties after having worked for the 10th Circuit Solicitor’s Office during the tenure of the late Chrissy Adams.    

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Crimestoppers approves payouts

  Tips to Crimestoppers led to two arrests last month and the payout of reward money in those cases. Between April 2013 and January this year, the Crimestoppers board in Oconee County has paid out approximately $5,275.00 in reward money for 37 cases where arrests have been made or the cases have been cleared. “We encourage anyone with any information […]

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