Bert Friday award to Robert Chasteen

Robert Chasteen

An Oconee jail guard has won a top honor at the state Criminal Justice Academy.  Detention officer Robert Chasteen graduated last Friday from the Basic Detention Program at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Chasteen was one of 43 graduates.  The Bert Friday award goes to the individual with the highest overall academic average.

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New Andrew Pickens ranger


Tennessee native Robert Sitzlar was named today the new district ranger for the Andrew Pickens District at Mountain Rest.  Sitzlar is to succeed the retired Mike Crane the middle part of next month.  He comes to South Carolina from Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, where he has worked for nearly 10 years.

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Prison term suspended


A deliberate shooting or a negligent accident?  The question was decided today in the Oconee General Sessions Court when the court allowed a 58-year old man to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.  A sheriff’s officer and two sisters of the deceased wanted Roger Lane Qualls tried on the charge of murder.  But Qualls said, “I handled a gun recklessly.  It […]

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September 1, 1939’s place in world history

Most of what we know about why September 1, 1939 is so important to world history is what we’ve heard or read.  Unless you happen to be of a certain age and can remember when Germany invaded Poland which started the Second World War in Europe.  Seneca resident Lowell Ross was alive then, although only seven years old.  Ross spoke […]

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Traffic barrels in the middle of Main

The reason for traffic barrels in the middle of Walhalla’s Main Street is to allow the workers to survey and position the islands, as part of Streetscape.  It means Hutch ‘n Son crews will start to take out the asphalt for the islands, to be followed by curbing for the islands.  Some electrical conduit will be associated with the island […]

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Golf cart travel regulated by law

Golf carts are now an acceptable way for getting from one place to another, but their use is regulated by South Carolina law.  At Clemson University, where many streets are clogged by motorized traffic during football weekends, many fans find golf carts a good way to get around.  The City of Clemson recognizes that golf cart use shortens waits, but […]

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Plea of guilt to a lesser charge

A domestic situation that got out of control played out in an Oconee courtroom this afternoon with a plea of guilty by one of the defendants.  Judge Maddox accepted a plea by John Murriel Black Jr. to the charge of voluntary manslaughter.  Black had been charged with murder in the stabbing death last summer of his wife’s father, Donald Lee […]

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