Sentence ordered to settle indecent exposure case

A $500 dollar fine and credit for serving two days in jail settles the case of a man charged with indecent exposure on Lake Keowee.  Judge Scott Sprouse in the Oconee General Sessions Court handed down the sentence today in the Oconee General Sessions Court to Larry Ownbey who was charged in 2015 by the South Carolina DNR.  Assistant Solicitor […]

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Roads Bill includes Oconee County work

The new South Carolina Roads Bill, along with increased funds from the legislature, makes possible re-surfacing and re-habilitation projects in 27 counties,  including Oconee. The DOT today announced that the projects will cover nearly 200 miles of paving work around the state and are valued at $26.5 million. The projects are part of SCDOT’s increased re-surfacing program and the local […]

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Pre-trial Pioneer case hearing called off

At least one pre-trial issue in Seneca v. Pioneer Rural Water has apparently been settled by the cancellation this morning in Anderson of a motion hearing at which the attorney for Pioneer’s consultant firm would have moved to quash a subpoena.  That subpoena would have sought information related to the water plant project from Design South Professionals.  By yesterday, however, […]

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Great Oconee Clean Up is ongoing

For Oconee’s five municipalities, there’s reward money for which ever town picks up the most litter.  Janet Hartman, Destination Oconee Manager, announces a competition to decide which of the five can pick up the most litter.  Each town is to receive $500 dollars to be used to benefit its downtown.  The overall winner receives a $5 thousand re-imbursable grant toward a downtown […]

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Bears are on the prowl!

South Carolina DNR reports increased black bear activity across the state, some of that is in Oconee County.  If you live in areas where bears roam, DNR’s advice is to remove birdfeeders now.  Near Salem, one bear feasted on the honey in a backyard beehive.  It’s the breeding season that has the bears on the move.  Bears are hungry and […]

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Pardon the mess at Walhalla Elementary

With four weeks before classes start, the campus at Walhalla Elementary School on Fowler Road remains a construction zone–especially the entry road and the parking.  It’s a question that trustee Jerry Lee posed at this week’s board meeting.  District administrators are relaying words of assurance from the contractor that the school will be ready first day August 17.  Among the […]

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Greater law enforcement presence near Salem

Near Salem the Oconee Sheriff’s Office is getting a greater presence.  An agreement with the Keowee Fire District allows sheriff’s personnel to use building space at 115 Maintenance Road next to Keowee Fire Department.  Showcase day for the facility is Sunday when, from 2 to 4 o’clock, the public is invited to have a look.  Two other substations of its […]

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Graham statement after meeting with Trump

After a White House meeting with President Trump, Senator Lindsey Graham said, “We had a great meeting with President Trump and my Senate Republican colleagues on the path forward to Repeal and Replace Obamacare.  The gap has been closed in terms of member objections but we aren’t there yet….There is strong interest for sending more money back to the states […]

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Westminster to request county’s help

Mayor Brian Ramey of Westminster confirmed this afternoon his city will ask the Oconee Sheriff’s Office to assign an officer who can serve in an interim role until the municipal police department is better able to regain its footing.  Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says, “I am willing to help them and will be sending a member of my command staff to […]

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