For two murders, 35 years in prison

A young man has been ordered by the court to spend the next 35 years in prison for the shooting deaths last year of two men in the Utica Community near Seneca. Twenty-year old Steven Lee Reynolds pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of murder and two lesser charges. The judge approved a negotiated sentence announced by the prosecutor. […]

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Game violation ensnares hunter

An Oconee jury found Tyson Dewitt McWhorter guilty of a South Carolina game law violation. McWhorter was fined, placed on probation and will see his hunting license suspended for three years. A court officer said the jury found McWhorter to be in possession of a bear that had recently been shot and moved from the point of kill without a […]

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Man dies after tree he cut fell on him

A 62-year old man died yesterday afternoon after the tree he cut fell on top of him. Coroner Karl Addis says the victim, Timothy Andrew Butts, was discovered around 2:15 yesterday afternoon on his property on Sweetbriar Trail in the Foxwood Hills subdivision. Butts died of multiple traumatic injuries, and his death has been ruled an accident. The coroner says […]

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Weekend stabbing at Seneca apartment complex

The police in Seneca say a late night stabbing last Friday at the Seneca Gardens Apartments remains an active investigation. Major Jeremy Rothell says the victim sustained stab wound s of the right eye and upper back, but has since been released from the hospital. The victim was airlifted to a Greenville hospital. By late yesterday afternoon, no arrests had […]

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Oconee Humane Society efforts awarded

In the estimation of the South Carolina Secretary of State, the Oconee Humane Society exemplifies charitable giving.  Secretary of State Mark Hammond has placed the county Humane Society on his list of the top 10 charities statewide.  The Humane Society made the top ten for its achievement of applying 96.3% of its expenditures toward its services.  Angel Newman of the […]

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Story correction/clarification

The Oconee County attorney has corrected and clarified a 101.7/WGOG NEWS story. The attorney, David Root, says, “The county has not dropped out of the opioid litigation.” A nationwide class action suit is aimed to recover costs inflicted by prescription opioid addiction. Root explained, “Last night the county opted out (as many counties in South Carolina will be doing) from […]

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New police training to cover mental health issues

Share Clemson University faculty and police have received a grant award from the 2019 Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program to design a strategy that improves responses and connection to treatment for people with mental health disorders. The focus of the research project will be Clemson University and surrounding areas, including Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties. Bryan Miller, associate professor in […]

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