Car-bus accident near Walhalla

An Oconee school bus was involved in the accident this morning on the Fowler Road near Walhalla, but district officials say there appear to be no injuries. According to Dr. Michael Thorsland, acting superintendent, the bus was occupied by the driver only. It’s believed the accident around 7:30 involved at least one car, possibly two.

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Drug bust in pasture near Westminster

A case of suspected shoplifting on Sunday at the Seneca Wal-Mart wound up as a drug bust near Westminster. The police there say they chased a car from their city onto the Seed Farm Road and off the road into a pasture. The police quoted its two passengers as saying the driver ran into the woods. The driver was eventually […]

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Radar clocks speeding suspect

 A 27-year old Oconee County man, who county officers quote as saying he was in a hurry to get to work, was handed a ticket Sunday accusing him of driving 85 miles an hour in a 45 zone on the Wells Highway. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the case made against Marco Antonio Esparza of the Friendship Road was made […]

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Autopsy confirms drowning

An autopsy confirmed that Saturday’s death of a Georgia man in Lake Hartwell was freshwater drowning. Oconee Coroner Karl Addis says Logan Wolfe suffered no fatal injuries as the result of his fall from a pontoon boat near the I-85 bridge. And, Addis said, there was no medical evidence that Wolfe sustained a seizure, as described by friends. The coroner […]

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Navigating the healthcare nmarketplace

You can forgive the crowd in Seneca last night if it felt it had crammed for a college final in hieroglyphics. But, no matter the question or comment, the moderators proved calm and steady as they guided about 75 people through the maze that is the new Affordable Care Act. In spite of the partial federal government shutdown the ACA, […]

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Streetscape public workshop

Walhalla invites questions, comments and suggestions for Streetscape. And you can make them directly today to one of the companies involved in the project. Representatives of Seamon Whiteside will greet the public at 124 E. Main Street, Walhalla between noon and 5 p-m. According to city administrator Nancy Goehle, it’ll be a drop-in type format and you can go and […]

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Timing for A-G’s opinion questioned

Dr. Michael Thorsland, acting superintendent for Oconee public schools, is questioning the timing for county Treasurer Greg Nowell’s request for a state Attorney’s General opinion aimed at solving a money dispute. Nowell intends to seek that opinion this week on whether he was correct to deny the school district a portion of fees and penalties accrued from tax payments. It’s […]

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Rain postpones “Elbow Grease” filming

A couple of inches of much-needed rain that fell during the early morning hours today proved no friend to those who are filming the movie “Elbow Grease” in Seneca. Riley Johnson, city events coordinator, says the movie makers’ plans to shoot a street festival scene on Ramcat Alley have been re-scheduled for Wednesday. That’s going to mean that Seneca will […]

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‘Today’ show superfan dies

“For so many years, the first person we saw” was Linny Boyette said Matt Lauer Monday morning on Today. Boyette was a superfan of the show, and viewers often saw him on camera, standing with the crowds gathered outside the show. Now, Today is mourning the loss of the stalwart fan who died Sunday after complications following a heart attack, reported […]

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Awaiting a start date

In a week and a half, the Oconee County Sheriff hopes to have a start date for building the new jail. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says another meeting with the architects will take place Thursday, October 17—as a follow-up to meeting last week. “It will take about one year to build once they begin. They are to come back on the […]

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