Train strikes truck at Seneca crossing

Motor vehicle traffic remains blocked this morning from a railroad crossing near downtown Seneca.  Late last night, authorities say, a train hit an 18-wheeler attempting to cross the tracks at East Main Street.  According to the Seneca Fire Department, no one was hurt and no fire resulted, but contents from the truck were scattered everywhere.  They have been identified as […]

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“SLED” investigates officer-involved shooting

  The state police continue to investigate last Sunday’s wounding of a man who was in a confrontation with a Pickens County deputy sheriff responding to a burglary call.  The state Law Enforcement Division conducts independent officer-involved shooting investigations at the request of the agency involved.  The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a female homeowner at […]

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Council members beach-bound

Members of Oconee County Council will attend the annual conference of the South Carolina Association of Counties July 30 through August 3 at the Marriott Beach & Golf Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The meeting includes the Institute of Government for County Official continuing education classes and events.  

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Kathryne Dockins

  Fair Play – Kathryne Carter Dockins, 73, wife of Ricky Thomas Dockins, 225 Lee Road, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at her residence. A memorial service will be held 3 pm, Monday, July 11, 2016 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. The family is at the residence.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Anderson […]

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Libraries getting a brighter look

  Oconee County workers are refurbishing and retrofitting ceiling lights in three of the county’s library facilities.  Maintenance workers are replacing 48 can lights in the Walhalla, Westminster and Seneca libraries. The replacement lights are LED and provide more light at less cost, due to their energy efficiency.  The can lights are original equipment.  The retrofits are being paid for […]

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Case set for August trial

  A judge in Walhalla refused today to lower the bond of a man charged with offenses in a traffic accident that caused death and injury early last year in rural Oconee County.  The bail, set for defendant Jordan Tilson, remains $128 thousand dollars.  Tilson is charged with felony DUI with death and felony DUI with great bodily injury in […]

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Pickens County man awaits bond hearing

A 56-year old man from the Pickens County town of Liberty awaits a bond hearing this afternoon as the result of his arrest on multiple charges and tickets issued by the South Carolina DNR.  Those charges, as listed in the Oconee County booking report, accuse Frederick Sloan Parrington of offenses late Monday night on Lake Keowee.  They include allegations of […]

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Hit-run accident remains unsolved

Crime Stoppers of Oconee seeks the public’s help to solve a hit and run accident in March  2015 in Oconee County.  It’s a case under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.    The collision occurred on March 8th around 8:50pm on Highway 183 near the intersection of S. Flagship Drive.  Th location places the accident near Keowee Key and the […]

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How to pay for a $700k road

  Without an entrance road to property for a new Oconee industrial park, the county is virtually hamstrung from enticing employers to build there.  That is the gist of a message that Richard Blackwell delivered last evening to the planning and economic development committee of the Oconee County Council.  Blackwell gave the committee a preliminary estimate of $710 thousand to […]

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Councilmen open mind to pay for inmate labor

A committee of the Oconee County Council exhibited an open mind to the idea of paying inmates for labor while they serve their sentences.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw last night brought the idea to the council’s law enforcement committee which, in turn, requested Crenshaw do more research before a vote by the full county council.  But committee chairman Wayne McCall and […]

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