Ax used as weapon in Fair Play crime, arrest made

According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, an ax was used by a man to damage a car while he made threats to the person inside.  The Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest Saturday of Fair Play area resident Benjamin Matthew Cheek (right).  The Sheriff’s Office disclosed warrants charging the 27-year old Cheek with attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the […]

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Debit cards stolen near Seneca

Debits cards were stolen at two locations near Seneca, and the Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public for information that can help solve the crimes.      Since last month, a fraud investigator has been looking into thefts of debit cards from two employees of businesses, one from an address on Tokeena Road and one from an address on Rochester Highway. […]

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YMCA effort files grant application

The staff for the project to build Oconee County’s first YMCA met a deadline yesterday—by filing a loan application with the U-S Department of Agriculture for $7.5 million.  Chrystle Ross, “Y” director, expressed confidence that the federal government will look favorably upon the effort to build an aquatic and fitness facility on the grounds of Oconee Memorial Hospital.  As part […]

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James Willis Carter Sr.

    Westminster, SC — James Willis Carter, Sr., 70, husband of Linda Browning Carter, of 694 Poplar Springs Road, Westminster, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017, at AnMed Health Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Davenport Funeral Home with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive […]

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League of Women Voters’ leader worried for Medicare

Medicare is the government-provided program to help the elderly pay health care costs, but its future could be in doubt.  Eleanor Hare, co-president of the Clemson Area League of Women Voters, is speaking out against privatizing Medicare and is hopeful the public will make known its feelings by contacting lawmakers and writing letters.  Hare raises the question whether medical decisions […]

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Fallen tree shorts out Seneca electric circuit

A tree that fell in Seneca during last night’s storm shorted out an electric power circuit.  Bob Faires, utilities superintendent, said by making contact with a three-phase line was all that was needed to create a power outage that started around 8:15 and lasted for one hour.  Faires said he’s proud of how his crews responded and worked to restore […]

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Oconee joblessness rises to 4.1%

The final full month of the Obama administration saw increases in the unemployment rate both in Oconee County and the United States.  But across South Carolina the jobless rate fell.  December’s report places Oconee unemployment at 4.1%—-from November’s 3.8%.  In the country, the jobless rate moved up to 4.7%, from 4.6.  According to the state Department of Employment and Workforce, […]

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Rain gauges fill

Two days of rain boosted Oconee’s official measurement to almost six inches for far in 2017.  The Walhalla weather observer, Barbara Wilson, recorded 1.40″ yesterday and 1.08″ Saturday.  Her records reflect a storm in the area during a three-hour period Sunday night.

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