West-Oak percussion ensemble a title winner!

The West-Oak Warrior Percussion Ensemble took home a Percussion Scholastic Novice Division title during competition this year at the SC Band Directors Associations Winter Ensemble Championship.  The Warrior Percussions, in only their second year, prevailed over eight other competitors.  Director William Flynn holds auditions throughout the county for 7th – 12th grade students in November for area percussionist whose home school doesn’t […]

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End-of-year awards at Oconee shcools

Two Oconee schools are announcing end-of-year honors at their schools.  At Seneca High School, the emphasis is on graduation this Saturday of the 208-member senior class.  Valedictorian will be Rachel Louann Strader; the salutatorian, Sally Elizabeth Cannon.  The seniors have amassed scholarship total of $15.5 million.  Thirty-one members of this year’s Seneca class are graduating with high honors.  Here’s a […]

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Police ticket driver whose vehicle hits building

A driving under suspension citation was issued last evening to the driver of a GMC Envoy that struck a N. Catherine Street building as it was pushed out of a ditch.  The accident involved the Walhalla Power Tumbling building and, as a result, forced the business to close until Monday.  According to Capt. Paul Harris, the accident occurred around 6 […]

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Seneca to make application to allow expanded bus service

  An avenue has opened for expanded bus service into new parts of Oconee County.  Ed Halbig announced at last night’s Seneca City Council meeting that, with a commitment from county government, the city Planning and Community Development Office will make application to the federal government for a LoNo grant designed for bus systems that offer no emission service thru […]

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Joe Riley “shocked” by Seneca accomplishment

The former longtime Charleston mayor, Joe Riley, wants to raise money to allow his city to build an African-American museum.  And Riley was taken aback when told by Seneca Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie O’Kelley that Seneca had succeeded in opening its own museum to reflect African-American history.  Taken aback may be a mild reaction.  O’Kelley, who talked to Riley, said […]

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Two-county chase lands driver in jail

In an early morning chase that covered parts of two counties, an Oconee County man was captured and charged with drug possession and ticketed with five traffic offenses.  According to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office the chases in parts of Oconee and Anderson counties started when a deputy determined that an SUV had displayed the wrong license plate.  And it ended […]

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Six Mile man shot in back, wife arrested

A Six Mile man was shot in the back and his wife arrested.  Pickens County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Melanie Christine Shove.  The 48-year old woman is accused of shooting Stephen Shove in the back around midnight Sunday at 220 Ike Road, Six Mile.  Mrs. Shove faces charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a […]

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Traffic stop leads to arrest on the Williams Farm Road

A 27-year old woman was placed into Oconee County custody when a deputy spotted an erratic moving pickup truck during the midnight hour last Friday near highway 59.  The deputy stopped pickup on the Williams Farm Road. A warrant accuses Ashley Nicole Patrick of being a fugitive from justice in Tazewell County, Virginia where, according to the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, […]

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Seneca spending, in part, to adjust to higher retirement costs

  Seneca spending, in part, is being adjusted to accommodate the city’s required payments to the state retirement system that covers the municipal employees.  Mayor Dan Alexander announced the city is being required to put in an additional $172 thousand dollars over the next 12 months, and City Administrator Greg Dietterick predicts the $172 thousand will be a recurring expenditure.  […]

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