William Hix

Westminster – William Cecil Hix, 91, widower of the late Nancy Marilyn Varnadore Hix, 210 Chiefs Lane, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at his residence. A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends from 2-3 prior to the service at the church.  Burial will follow in […]

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Gun shot wound to the chest was fatal

The autopsy today showed a gun shot wound to the chest proved fatal to the latest Oconee County homicide victim.  That autopsy, according to Coroner Karl Addis, showed multiple gun shot wounds.  Going into today the presumed victim was Rebecca Allon Murray Cawthon, and Addis now says the body found Wednesday evening at 496 Welcome Church Road has been confirmed […]

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Gene Smith

Westminster – James Eugene “Gene” Smith, Sr., 73, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017.  A funeral service will be held 2 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Sandifer Funeral Home.  Flowers are […]

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Margaret Fitzgerald

Westminster – Margaret Freeman Fitzgerald, 77, widow of the late Dwight William Fitzgerald, 517 W King Street, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at her residence. No formal services will be held.   The family is at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chauga Baptist Church, 150 Chauga Road, Westminster, SC 29693. Condolences may be expressed […]

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Hipps’ civil trial date to be set next year

  The trial to decide the Pioneer Rural water plant project has been set—the last week of August in Oconee County.  But a certain trial date to decide another major civil case is nearly a year away.  That’s the one in which parents are seeking $25 million dollars to account for the unexplained death of their son, the late Tucker […]

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Murder charge filed, autopsy this morning

The Rebecca Murray Cawthon autopsy is set at 11 this morning.  Oconee Coroner Karl Addis said once the autopsy is completed, he will first notify Mrs. Cawthon’s mother and then make an announcement as to the findings.  The body of the 33-year old missing woman, according to Addis, was found Wednesday concealed inside a garage/shop-type building on the property of […]

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Seneca school project funded by the Gates Foundation

A teacher at Seneca’s Blue Ridge Elementary School decided to do something to remedy a situation in which some pre-kindergarten students came from homes without any books.  To help develop literacy skills in them, Jessica McGaha (left) started a project to buy books, provide a bookshelf and work with parents on simple reading lessons. McGaha calls the project “Raising Readers” […]

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“Design Guidelines” in the works for Walhalla

County staff offered assurance last night to the Walhalla Planning Commission that design guidelines that are in the offing to better the appearance of the downtown will not be so stringent that they will dictate the paint color of a building.  And Janet Hartman, who heads the Destination Oconee effort underway by the county, said the guidelines would apply to […]

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Planning Commission vote to alter Walhalla boundary

  A vote at City Hall last night is a recommendation to expand the Walhalla city limits and remove confusion at the James Brown Elementary School.  Chairwoman Martha Murtiashaw of the city planning commission said only about one-half of the school building on the Coffee Road is currently inside the city boundaries.  With approval by the city council, the annexation […]

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