Arrest made during domestic disturbance call

An arrest warrant accuses a rural Oconee man of assaulting a deputy sheriff who, along with a second officer, had gone to a Spy Mountain Road, Westminster home Sunday night on a domestic disturbance call.  According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Matthew Dillard Fowler allegedly head-butted and shoulder-checked Deputy Hemingway after Fowler was handcuffed and led to the patrol […]

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Brenda Hatfield

  Westminster- Brenda Elaine Cheek Hatfield, 77, wife of the late Robert Eugene Hatfield, passed away, July 21st,2024 at Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hosptial.   Born November 9th, 1946 in Toccoa, Georgia, she was the daughter of late Sloan Turner and Eleanor Harris Cheek. Brenda was a United States Army Veteran, and served as a nurse while in the Army […]

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Finnish-founded company to open Anderson operation

A provider of indoor climate technology will open its first South Carolina operation in Anderson County.  Family-owned Halton MEI USA, Inc. was founded in 1969 in Finland.  For 35 counties, Halton designs, manufactures and delivers indoor environment products for marine, energy, and heavy industry.  A 39 thousand square foot space is being leased on Exchange Logistics Park Drive in Piedmont.  […]

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A 55-year Prison Empire sentence

A 55-year prison sentence has been meted out in Pickens County to a woman caught up in the state grand jury investigation of Prison Empire.  Jennifer Nicole Burns pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine, 400 grams or more (Conspiracy); possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime; and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  According to the office […]

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Durham pens op-ed piece

Matthew Durham, re-nominated in the June Republican primary, says the results of Oconee County voting are a sign of “a broader, sustained conservative movement that is reshaping South Carolina politics.  And the  county council chairman points to Adam Duncan winning the GOP nomination to succeed Bill Sandifer in the South Carolina House as most notable in significant victories for their […]

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A summer internship to remember

A rising senior at Clemson University, Cheney Everett, completed a rare summer internship with the South Carolina Supreme Court.  A story by Clemson University’s Riley Morningstar tracks how Everett, s philosophy major in the area of law, liberty and justice, spent six weeks in Columbia watching the justice system at work from the inside.  The internship was organized and funded […]

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New tower application passes muster

Duke Energy received a variance and a special exception for a new communications tower to be located on Oconee nuclear property off SC 130.  The county board of zoning appeals cast unanimous votes last night, after a hearing at which no one from the public spoke.  Duke will be allowed to extend the height of the tower to 310 feet […]

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ARC flash injures contractor

A contractor at work for Upcountry Fiber and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Townville came in contact with an ARC flash, an electrical explosion, and has been sent to the burn center at Augusta, Georgia.  A Blue Ridge spokeswoman says it was not a direct contact with an electrified line.  At the time, the contractor was at work on broadband […]

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