Lois Jeanette Collins

Walhalla, SC — Lois Jeanette Collins, 78, wife of Melvin “Jack” Collins Sr., of 196 JJ Collins Road, Walhalla, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at her home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Heritage Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 […]

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A conviction in absentia

An Oconee jury returned the verdict of guilty this morning in the case of South Carolina v. Witt. A court officer says the jury found Lee Witt guilty of stalking a woman with whom he had had a prior relationship. Witt was arrested by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office in 2017. Because defendant Witt did not appear for trial, his sentence […]

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Remembering the late Chrissy Adams

Four miles of Interstate-85 in Oconee and Anderson counties will be named for Chrissy Adams of Seneca, the late 10th Circuit Court solicitor. Across the 10th circuit, Adams served three terms as chief criminal court prosecutor, having been elected to office in 2005. She died in 2016. Her husband, Eddie Adams, is a former chairman of the state highway commission.  […]

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FBI to be contacted, out of precaution

At this point, there’s no indication that anyone with devious intent is behind the problems encountered today by the computer system serving Oconee County.  Although regular county offices, the courthouse, the libraries are affected, the sheriff’s office–headquartered at the law enforcement center– is operating as usual.  Sheriff Crenshaw says an officer will document the incident and report what’s happened to […]

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Operation Southern Shield

You might notice more law enforcement vehicles on area roads this week and it’s not your imagination. The third annual Operation Southern Shield runs through Sunday, July 21. Operation Southern Shield is a campaign involving state and local law enforcement in five Southern states to crack down on speeders. States participating include Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama. According […]

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Suspected computer virus shuts down county offices

Oconee County government offices have been forced to close for the day for precautionary reasons.  Amanda Brock, county administrator, says the culprit is a suspected computer virus. The county’s I-T workers are investigating, and an announcement will be made later when the county offices may re-open.  According to Brock, the suspected virus has stopped the county’s ability to make transactions.  […]

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SC 153 extension work announcement

Temporary night time traffic control procedures will be in place next week in Pickens County where highway crews are extending SC 153.  Seneca-based Thrift Development is the general contractor and announces that there will be pacing operations to slow, but not stop, traffic for short periods of work operations.  Thrift’s announcement states, “The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will perform the […]

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Duncan: House Democrats have created chaos

The lower chamber in Washington has killed a measure to impeach President Trump. Third District Rep. Duncan blames his Democratic colleagues for pushing impeachment, as well as putting forth a resolution to hold the attorney general and the secretary of commerce in contempt.  “The Democrat-led House of Representatives has been in complete chaos this week with the socialist squad calling […]

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