Crossroads motorcycle crash fatal to 40-year old

A 40-year old motorcycle operator lost his life yesterday when his bike left a rural Oconee road and hit a mailbox, fence, and tree.  Coroner Karl Addis said Keith Wesley Wilson of Seneca died at the scene.  The accident was reported around 1:45 in the afternoon. Trooper Brandon Bolt said troopers investigated the accident on Crossroads Drive near the Sitton […]

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Margaret Evelyn Morris

          West Union, SC — Margaret Evelyn Morris, 89, wife of the late Charles Edward Morris, of 786 West Union Road, West Union, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at her home.   A native of Oconee County, SC, Mrs. Morris was the daughter of the late Henry Edwin and Nora Bell Martin Mize. She retired […]

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New Oconee virus death, believed to be the 7th

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today announced 1,295 new confirmed cases and 30 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, 44 additional confirmed deaths and 9 new probable deaths. Oconee County numbers were 16 new cases and one additional death—that of an elderly individual on August 1. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 96,132, probable […]

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Sex misconduct charges against Walhallan

An investigation that started in February has led to the arrest this week of a 48-year old Walhalla man on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor.  The Oconee Sheriff’s Office identifies the man arrested Wednesday as Jeffrey Paul Patton and says the investigation started when deputies were told of inappropriate conduct between Patton and two juveniles at a […]

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Boil water advisory applies to Fair Play subdivision

Pioneer water customers in Fair Play’s Seminole Point subdivision are advised to vigorously boil their water at least one full minute before using it for drinking or cooking purposes.  Pioneer crews are repairing a water main break, and the boil advisory is a precaution.  Any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking […]

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Unaccounted for hiker is found safe

A missing hiker from Texas, Richard Gonzalez, has been located and today was on the way to a pickup point.  Announcement from Oconee County is the 27-year old Gonzalez, who became separated from his hiking party, is unharmed and more information will follow.  Gonzalez was reported missing Monday on the river somewhere between Nicholson and Burrell’s Ford.

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Improved job picture

In the country, in the state, and in the county the job picture looks better with the numbers released today.  The filing of 1.19 million Americans for jobless benefits is the lowest since the start of the pandemic.  South Carolina’s Dan Ellzey said, “For the first time since this pandemic began, our initial claims have dipped below the 10,000 mark.  […]

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A 101.7/WGOG NEWS clarification

In our story on the internal review that Seneca is conducting to assess how well its police department measures up to diversity and inclusion, 101.7/WGOG NEWS said the city’s actions were prompted by the local protests over George Floyd’s death.  City officials say that is incorrect.  Floyd died May 25 and the protests in Seneca started about one week later.  […]

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