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Ex-police chief sent to prison

July 21, 2014

A former Westminster chief of police has been sent for prison to two years and ordered to pay his ex-employer money that he embezzled.  Scott Bannister this afternoon pleaded guilty in the Oconee General Sessions Court to misconduct in office and embezzlement.  As part of a suspended sentence that could have sent him to prison…

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Meth labs at a Mountain Rest house

July 21, 2014

Multiple charges have been placed against two Westminster area residents after deputies say they found shake and bake meth labs in the yard and inside a Mountain Rest house. An anonymous tip led one of the deputies to an abandoned house near the Cassidy Bridge Road. There, deputies say they arrested Matthew Blake Sosby, 40-year…

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First day on the job for Steve Harris!

July 21, 2014

South Carolina has assigned a new agent-in-charge of its Oconee County office for Probation, Parole and Pardons. Steve Harris of Anderson went on the job today. Harris’s predecessor, Greg Stewart, gave his replacement a tour of the Oconee Courthouse. And Harris got a look the county’s largest courtroom, on the fourth floor of the courthouse.

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Jury picked for trial Wednesday

July 21, 2014

A jury was selected today to hear the state’s case against a young man, arrested in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office investigation of a stabbing last summer near Seneca. Oconee General Sessions Judge Alex Macaulay told the jury to report for duty at 10:30 Wednesday morning and be ready for the start of Laquavius Cleveland’s trial.…

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Victim’s name released

July 21, 2014

The woman killed in last night’s accident near Townville has been identified as Jessica Hope Bramlett. Coroner Karl Addis said Bramlett, a 29-year old Seneca resident, died of a head injury and other blunt force traumatic injuries suffered when hit while walking on South Carolina 24. Authorities say the car that struck Bramlett was driven…

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A rainy, cool weekend!

July 21, 2014

As provided by Walhalla’s Official U-S Weather Observer, yesterday afternoon’s high temperature registered 82 degrees. The overnight low dipped to 62 and nearly one-half inch was added to the weekend’s rain totals. In the annals of Barbara Wilson, Saturday was an unforgettable day. The third Saturday in July measured nearly two inches of rain and…

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Oconee debt rating upgraded

July 21, 2014

Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder calls attention to a decision by the rating service Standard and Poor’s to increase the county’s general obligation debt rating to “AA.” It indicates a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.” Previously, the county was assigned “AA-“—which indicated a “high probability of meeting financial commitments.”

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Tea Party meets Thursday

July 21, 2014

Everyone is invited to Thursday night’s Seneca Tea Party meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Gignilliat Community Center. The Tea Party has extended a special invitation to county councilmen Wayne McCall and Paul Cain and councilwoman-elect Edda Cammick. A 40-minute video will be shown, followed by a question-answer session.

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New fire fighters recruited by Oconee

July 21, 2014

A federal grant awarded to the South Carolina State Firefighters Association is enabling Oconee County to attract volunteers willing to answer the call of a siren to help their community in times of need. Oconee, Newberry and Dorchester are three South Carolina counties benefiting from a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency…

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Zoning hearing in Seneca

July 21, 2014

Seneca planning commissioners will put on their thinking caps tonight. At City Hall, they’ll have a re-zoning application on Worth Street at Old Salem Road. The property owners—Kim and Lonnie Hammond—seek to change their property from R-10 to Residential-General. Tonight’s public hearing begins at 6 o’clock.

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  • July 27, 2014 7:00 pmStumphouse Mountain Church of God's Revival
  • August 1, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 2, 2014Ole Country Church Singing
  • August 2, 2014 8:00 amSt. Andrew Catholic Church's Huge Yard Sale
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