Appreciation for beautification efforts

A section of highway 11 at Walhalla-West Union is a cleaner place after Walhalla city workers picked up trask yesterday along the roadside between Gwen Fowler’s Real Estate Estate and the Bear Swamp Road intersection.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw said after receiving a complaint, his office contacted Walhalla and requested assistance.  An expression of gratitude is being given today to the […]

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Charter school prepares for second year

At Salem, it’s already time to enroll for a second year at the first charter school in Oconee County.  Eagle Ridge is preparing a budget and its enrollment projection for the 2017-18 year.  According to its newsletter, “We will likely be capping enrollment at 180 students, including new students….”  The school is highlighting an achievement by student Chase Land.  Chase […]

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Lake management plan workshop held in Seneca

For three hours last evening in Seneca, the public had a chance to ask questions and make comments about what should be included in the next shoreline management plan for Lake Hartwell.  The office of the Army Corps of Engineers at Hartwell, Georgia sent representatives to Seneca’s Gignilliat Community Center and welcomed the public.  The Corps of Engineers held identical […]

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Tractor-trailer fire on I-85

A late night tractor-trailer truck fire on I-85 in Oconee County remains an accident scene this morning at exit 4 northbound.  According to Rural Fire Dispatch, no one was hurt as the result of the fire and the load carried by the tractor trailer vehicle is considered non-hazardous.  However, the ramp at exit 4 northbound remains closed.  Fire fighters received […]

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Arrest made in Burnt Tanyard Road crimes

A gun and safe containing cash were stolen last week during a home burglary on the Burnt Tanyard Road in Oconee County.  The Sheriff’s Office today reports the arrest of a 28-year old Salem man.  Charles Johnathan Sanders of Crestwood Drive in Salem was charged with grand larceny, first degree burglary and safecracking. The value of the items taken, including […]

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Westminster man pleads guilty to child porn offenses

A Westminster man awaits sentencing for child pornography.  The U-S Attorney for South Carolina, Beth Drake, has announced that Vern McPherson pleaded guilty in federal court at Greenville to possession and transporting child pornography.  District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston accepted the plea and will impose sentence after reviewing the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. […]

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Pre-trial settlements in two civil cases

Oconee Common Pleas Court has received word of pre-trial settlements in two cases alleging medical malpractice, and those cases have been removed from the docket for next week’s jury term of court.  Clerk of Court Beverly Whitfield has confirmed the cases settled are those titled Hawkins versus Oconee Medical Center and Neal versus Dr. Robert McAlpine.  The court awaits formal […]

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Oconee proud of Vietnam veteran Aaron Rochester

Oconee Veterans Affairs Officer Jerry Dyar says his office is working to correct an injustice.  Salem native Aaron Rochester was wounded during the Vietnam War, but the wound never made it into Rochester’s military records.  As such, according to Dyar, Rochester deserves a Purple Heart.  Rochester is one of Oconee’s veterans being recognized for his duty as part of the […]

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Tomorrow is preliminary hearing today in Oconee

Thirty cases are in the preliminary hearing hopper for tomorrow morning at the Oconee Courthouse in Walhalla.  Presiding will be Magistrate Will Derrick.  The hearings are preliminary to an Oconee General Sessions Court session.  Derrick has the authority to send the cases to General Sessions or dismiss them—depending on the quality of evidence that the prosecutors and the arresting police […]

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The politicization of the judicial nomination process

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) asked his second round of questions yesterday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. After condemning what he considers the politicization of the nomination process, Graham questioned Gorsuch about Roe v. Wade.  

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