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You could be the next Barbara Wilson!

March 25, 2015

At the request of the South Carolina DNR, Friends of Lake Keowee is recruiting nature-minded individuals to take part in an effort to collect and report rainfall data. It’s important for weather forecasters to have reliable information on rain. Those interested are being asked to measure for the country-wide organization Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and…

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Seneca school captures contest

March 25, 2015

Seneca’s Northside Elementary School won the 4th Annual Battle of the Books held last weekend at Walhalla’s James Brown Elementary. Ten county schools advanced to the competition from school-level contests. Contestants answered questions on the books they had read in their school media centers.

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Deputies take specialized training

March 25, 2015

Oconee County deputies, along with officers from the county’s municipal police departments, are enrolled this week in special training. Conducted by South Carolina assistant attorney’s general Meghan Gresham, the training focuses on criminal domestic violence—from the laws, to restraining orders, to orders of protection and the like. The training is part of efforts to combat…

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Hazing jurisdiction question answered

March 24, 2015

  A meeting today between the Walhalla Police Chief and the Oconee County Sheriff settled jurisdiction questions about the potential that crimes were committed last week during the Razorback soccer team’s return bus trip from a game at Pickens. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says the result of his meeting with Police Chief Ronald Wilbanks is that…

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Guilty verdict returned quickly

March 24, 2015

An Oconee jury today convicted a 39-year old man of three traffic offenses. Defendant Russell Alan Tupper left the courtroom this afternoon with a sentence that sends him to prison for 10 years. According to a court officer, the sentence announced by Judge McIntosh amounted to a total of five years for driving under the…

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Trial ends without defendant’s testimony

March 24, 2015

An Oconee County man elected to not testify in his own defense, but his side insists that he could not have been driving under the influence near Westminster because he was not driving his mother’s car. Defendant Russell Alan Tupper was interviewed at the scene of the accident in 2014 and later charged with driving…

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“CAT” stop to be covered

March 24, 2015

A private contractor, hired by the city of Seneca, is getting ready to add amenities to the city’s Clemson Area Transit bus stop downtown. Seneca’s Ed Halbig says those amenities will include restrooms and an awning to provide a cover to protect the bus-riding public from outdoor elements. A meeting was held this morning, and…

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Transfer of state-owned roads to counties

March 24, 2015

Developments today in that touchy topic of the state diverting to the counties some of its roads for future maintenance. At 3 o’clock in Columbia the Senate Finance Committee holds a meeting on S.523. The bill as now written, according to the South Carolina Association of Counties, would transfer any road within a county to…

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Gravel road to be paved

March 24, 2015

A gravel section of an Oconee County-maintained road near Seneca is on the schedule to be improved. Mack Kelley, director of county public works, said the plan is to improve and pave the gravel road section of the Brown Farm Road in the Return Community. Kelley said, “Plans and permitting are still being finalized but…

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Jury hears testimony in traffic offense trial

March 24, 2015

A Chickasaw Point man went on trial today in the Oconee General Sessions Court, charged with traffic offenses that arose from an accident 14 months ago near Westminster. Russell Alan Tupper is charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and habitual traffic offender. According to assistant solicitor Beth Blundy, Tupper was charged by…

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  • March 28, 2015 7:30 amHOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH'S YARD SALE and HOT DOG SALE
  • March 28, 2015 10:00 amEbenezer Baptist Church's Community Easter Egg Hunt
  • March 28, 2015 11:00 amFaith Baptist Church's Easter Egg Hunt and Games
  • March 28, 2015 1:00 pmClearmont Baptist Church's Easter Egg Hunt
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