Seniors targeted in phone scam

Seniors are being targeted in a telephone scam, and Senior Solutions, serving Oconee and Anderson counties, says this scam resembles others that try to obtain personal information. Three members of the Senior Solutions Marketplace Cinema Center in Anderson report they were victims. The scam works this way: A call shows up on caller I-D as “toll-free” or “private.” The unknown […]

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Homicide by child abuse brings prison term

An Oconee County man has been sent to prison for 20 years—the result of yesterday’s plea in General Sessions Court to the charge of homicide by child abuse. McKenzie Lee Turner, 27 years old, appeared in court to answer allegations that he caused the death of his seven-month-old niece. Amy Genesis Stashluk died in 2012 at a Greenville hospital, after […]

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Graham concerned for Olympics security

Senator Lindsey Graham is worried for the safety of Olympic athletes in Sochi. But his concern for the athletes’ safety is just part of a pessimistic feeling Graham gave yesterday during a visit to an Oconee County manufacturing plant. “I can tell you the conditions in the Mideast are ripe for another attack on the homeland here,” Graham warned yesterday. […]

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Plea leads to negotiated sentence

A 39-year old man admitted guilt in the Oconee General Sessions Court to taking indecent liberties with a teenage girl. The court was told that Jamie Garner Smith’s involvement with the girl started when he began to attend her church and escalated as he became youth minister for the church. Smith pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to assault and battery second […]

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Rotary tribute to Archie Barron

Today’s Seneca Rotary Club meeting is devoted to the late Archie Barron, the county councilman from Seneca and a Rotary member. Club members are being asked to bring a story or tribute to honor Barron’s memory. The funeral takes place 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Seneca Presbyterian Church.      

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Moulder: appeal still possible

As late as today, Oconee County had filed no appeal of last month’s loss of zoning challenge. And it appears the county’s decision whether to appeal will come down to the final days of the period for which the appeal is possible. The case involves the summary judgment won last month by David McMahan, Jean Jennings, and other plaintiffs in […]

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A gift for the libraries

Oconee County Public Library is pleased to announce a $10,000 gift donated by Lem Chastain in memory of his mother. Chastain, who has a home in Mountain Rest, established the memorial fund with the goal to support literacy in that community. However, it will also be used to benefit the rest of the county. Part of the Helen M. Chastain […]

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At this hour: a plea of guilt

A 39-year old man stands in Oconee General Sessions Court and admits his guilt in taking indecent liberties with a teenage girl. As part of a negotiated sentence, Jamie Garner Smith is pleading guilty to the charge of assault and battery second degree. The sentence, as recommended by assistant solicitor Lindsey Simmons, would be three years in prison, suspended to […]

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Graham tours a mainstay OC plant

Senator Lindsey Graham, back on familiar turf this afternoon, embarked on a tour of the Oconee manufacturing facility Lift Technologies on south highway 11. In tow was a camera crew, and it’s possible some of the video will show this year up in a Graham re-election commercial. At Lif-Tek today the parking lot was nearly full of employees’ vehicles and […]

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Missed court date? Blame the weather!

A New Jersey man had been scheduled to appear in the Oconee General Sessions Court this week to answer to a criminal charge, but he wound up with an excuse acceptable to the court. The man was supposed to have caught a flight south at 4 yesterday morning. Trouble was, that flight and most others in the mid-Atlantic and northeast […]

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