Salem woman missing

Oconeee Sheriff’s Office requests the public’s help to find a Salem woman missing for more than three weeks. Rudi Samya Murphy, 44, of Alexander Road is a white female. According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, Murphy’s daughter told deputies her mother was evicted from her last home and had been staying wherever she could. “The daughter also reported […]

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Cold case from 1987!

 The first-year administration of Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw draws attention today to a cold case that has remained unsolved for more than 25 years. It’s the case of a missing man—Jimmy Whitfield who, in 1987, received mail on a Route Three, Seneca address. According to Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Whitfield gathered some cash and other items and […]

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Long Creek authority’s perspective on community

When you sit on the grounds at a commercial river outfitter in Long Creek, you see people headed to and returning from riding the Chattooga. You also notice the popularity of zip rides through the tree lines. And you begin to realize the transformation of a small mountain community into something new. Even long-time Long Creek residents, sentimental for the […]

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Opening reception tonight in Westminster

An opening reception is planned this evening at Westminster for one man’s show of railroad photographs. Everyone is invited to the Westminster Depot from 5:30 to 7:30 tonight to meet Robert Seel of Clemson and see his collection of 30 photographs. Seel is an avid rail fan and modeler since childhood and he has a passion for eastern American railroads. […]

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On the hustings for Streetscape

Walhalla’s first-term mayor on the hustings today, inviting the business community for an important meeting tonight on the Streetscape project. The Honorable Danny Edwards hopes as many downtown merchants as possible take part in tonight’s 6:30 meeting at the Depot. They’ll receive information and get to ask questions about Streetscape, a project to help pump new life into the city’s […]

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Outflows to increase at three dams

Water managers with the Army Corps of Engineers are calling for increased outflows from all three Savannah River dams. Their intent to get rid of water occupying the flood storage levels in three reservoirs. A spokeswoman said, “Our standard operating procedure requires us to evacuate flood storage at Thurmond first, then Russell, then Hartwell last. Depending on the amount of […]

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Five week until school starts

The calendar reads early summer, and many Oconeeans still have not completed their beach vacations. But Dr. Mike Lucas, county superintendent of education, reminded the board of trustees last night that teachers report in four weeks and the first day of classes will be in five weeks. While the public schools remain virtually shut during the summer months, the district […]

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Church may continue to worship at WHS

The congregation of Golden Corner Church may continue to rent Walhalla High School as a place of worship, even though Oconee School District leadership admitted a failure to follow policy governing the use of facilities after school hours. Dr. Mike Lucas, county superintendent, apologized and accepted the blame last night after the issue was raised by Seneca resident Kevin Larkin […]

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Canoe fatality on the Chattooga

The body of a 64-year old man was pulled from the Chattooga River last night about an hour and a half after a canoe apparently tipped over. Coroner Karl Addis says the death of the Madison, Georgia man is suspected drowning. The decedent’s name is to be released today. Meantime, a post-mortem exam has been ordered to help with the […]

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Tragedy to Clemson family behind new test law

A Clemson couple is gratified by the passage of a state law that requires testing newborns for congenital heart defects. The bill, set to become law in September, was requested by Susan and Jason Smith after the couple lost their first child, Emerson Rose Smith, in 2011 at the age of just two and a half months. The law, named […]

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