Blackwell: “Business is good”

On a day when the state reports jobless claims continue to drop, Oconee’s top economic development recruiter said local business is good and the addition of even one new job on Main Street is something to relish. The state Department of Employment and Workforce reports the adjusted unemployment rate statewide in April fell to 8%. In Oconee, it fell to […]

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Boxing the MOX

Senators from South Carolina and Georgia are warning the federal government that budget cuts affecting a Savannah River Site project portend a worsening relationship between the states and Washington. The Republican senators this week sent the Obama administration a letter calling for continued funding, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina’s senior senator, took to the Senate floor. Graham complained that the […]

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Crimestoppers alert posted

A Crimestoppers alert has been posted for a Seneca area man who, authorities say, eluded deputies yesterday morning near the SC 188-Biggerstaff Road intersection. Deputies attempting to serve arrest warrants on Ronnie Joe Patterson Jr. say Patterson ran. He was last seen near Shoreline Drive. The 34-year old Patterson was wearing a black t-shirt and jeans. He’s 5’ 11”, 180 […]

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Purse snatched from Walhalla home

A husband and wife in Walhalla have been charged in a police investigation of the theft of a purse from a home Wednesday morning on S. Cedar Street. According to Chief Ronald Wilbanks, one of the couple is accused of entering the home with permission to use the telephone. But the homeowner’s wife noticed her purse missing, and that’s when […]

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Water leaders tour CU’s “Intelligent River”

Water chiefs from Washington and Columbia came to Clemson University today to look at technologies for monitoring and protecting clean water. Nancy Stoner of the Environmental Protection Agency and Catherine Templeton of South Carolina DHEC toured campus components of Clemson’s Intelligent River research. The project uses small, data-gathering sensors linked to a computer network that can send environmental conditions in […]

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Attorney enters plea in federal court

An Oconee attorney whose license has been suspended by the state’s Chief Justice entered a plea of guilt yesterday in federal court at Anderson to making false statements as part of a real estate investment scheme. Easley resident Scott Allmon’s license to practice law was suspended by order of Chief Justice Toal in January. According to the U-S Attorney’s Office, […]

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Scott questions NLRB chairman

Some of the discord between South Carolina leaders and a federal agency over Boeing spilled over today during a congressional hearing. The Senate hearing was held to consider nominees to sit on the National Labor Relations Board. For his part, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott directed a question to Mark Gaston Pearce, NLRB board chairman, and their comments are being […]

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Oconee student to be awarded at Carnegie Hall

A Governor’s School for Art and Humanities student from Oconee County is set to receive an award during an event at the end of the month at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The hallowed music hall is to be the venue for an awards ceremony for Walhalla’s Cina Noel and other Gold Medal Scholastic Art and Writing winners. Cina takes […]

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Auto theft and its connection to home burglary

The police in Walhalla say the capture of a suspect, they believe, will resolve two crimes—-a home burglary yesterday and an auto theft last night. That individual, Brandon Lewis Williams, 25, of Seneca was jailed at the Oconee Detention Center, charged with burglary second degree and grand larceny, according to Chief Ronald Wilbanks.  The chief said a Plymouth van, stolen […]

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Thawing out cold cases

True to a campaign promise, Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw begins to apply some heat to his department’s file of cold cases—cases of homicide or missing persons that have never been solved. Jimmy Watt, department spokesman, says starting this afternoon details will be available on the department website and thru its social media links on the disappearance of Shelia Carver, last […]

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