Civil trial enters day two

A civil trial alleging medical malpractice has entered a second day in the Oconee Common Pleas Court in Walhalla. The plaintiff in the case is Elvis Pressley, as personal representative of the estate of his daughter, Cassie Sweenor. Defendants are Dr. Frank Rao and Upstate ENT Associates. For the plaintiff’s side, Pressley completed his testimony this morning—during which a video […]

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If Mike Smith had his way….

If the DOT’s Mike Smith had his way, there will be no more rain this summer! In fact, the state’s resident maintenance engineer showed a sense of dry humor before yesterday’s meeting of the Walhalla Rotary Club when, with a poker face, he said rain has been cancelled the rest of the summer. That’s a reference to DOT maintenance falling […]

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Partnership to help small business grow

A partnership became official yesterday to support the development of small business, along with economic development in Oconee, Anderson, and Pickens counties. Dr. Ronnie Booth, Tri-County Tech President, and Dave Eldridge of the Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation, signed the agreement to enhance their partnership and dedication to helping small business develop and expand to create new jobs. The TCEDC, based […]

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Ante up in cold case homicide

An anonymous reward has been announced in the 36 and a half year old unsolved homicide of a rural Oconee County businessman. The Sheriff’s Office announces the reward is posted for a tip that leads to the arrest and conviction of who killed Marcus Lee December 8, 1986 in a robbery attempt at the Lee home, near Richland and N. […]

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Arrests made in four-month old case

Two Oconee County men are charged in a four-month investigation of a drive-by shooting near Seneca. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Ronnie Joe Patterson Jr., has been charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a violent crime, and discharging a firearm into a vehicle. The 35-year old Patterson currently is in prison in Allendale. Jimmy […]

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Mountain top home fire

Fire fighters battled a mountain-top home fire last evening in the Holly Springs Community of Pickens County, off highway 178. Several Oconee fire fighters, trucks, and equipment were deployed to give assistance to the effort to stop the fire. Charlie King, Oconee County Fire Chief, said the contingent from his county were there for about three hours, beginning shortly after […]

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Need a job?

Those in need of a job may find one, or at least a lead toward gainful employment, during today’s Job Fair and Training Expo for residents of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. It takes place 9 a-m to noon in the Industrial and Business Development Center at the Pendleton campus of Tri-County Technical College. Among several employers to be represented […]

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Watering restriction lifted

Out of the drought, Duke Energy says it has lifted the restriction limiting lakeside residents to watering on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. A spokeswoman for the utility said, however, “We encourage prudent watering practices to protect this valuable shared resource.”

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New Reward In Oconee Cold Case

A new, anonymous, reward is being offered to help solve a near-27 year old Oconee County cold case. The Sheriff’s Office says someone has put up $10,000 for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer or killers of Marcus Lee in December 1986. The case is the oldest of Oconee’s cold cases, which have gotten new […]

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Arrests Made In April Drive-by

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged two people in connection with a drive-by shooting that occurred in April in Seneca. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Watt says 35 year-old Ronnie Joe Patterson, Jr., of Lonsdale Street has been charged with attempted murder and additional weapons charges. Police say Patterson fired a gun at a residence while driving on Thatcher Road […]

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