Attorney: OSD “not involved in any way”

A defense attorney has filed court papers asserting the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department played no part in the arrest of a man who was later found not guilty of all charges in a 2004 murder case. The man, Lexington County resident Lloyd Lash, has since filed a damage lawsuit. The case in the General Sessions Court involved the shooting death […]

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OC fire fighter awarded at state meet

An Oconee volunteer fire fighter, T-J Harlos, last weekend received the 2013 Scotty Taylor Achievement Award during the Southeastern Fire and Life Safety Education Conference at Myrtle Beach. Harlos is a member of the Picket Post-Camp Oak department where he serves as the volunteer coordinator for the safety and fire education team. Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King calls Harlos instrumental […]

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Thieves go on Wells Highway rampage

The Oconee Sheriff’s Office seeks the public’s help to solve thefts last weekend near Seneca on the Wells Highway. Information provided that helps solve the cases could mean a cash reward. The crimes occurred between Saturday and Monday. At 1974 Wells Highway, someone removed a gate from a driveway and took a green E-Z-Go golf cart and a 5 X […]

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Teacher of the Year

The suspense ends at 5:30 this afternoon with the announcement in Columbia of South Carolina’s new Teacher of the Year. A first grade teacher at Pickens Elementary School, Darlene Sutton, is one of the five finalists. The winner gets a cash reward and the use of a BMX3 for a year.

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First of two suspects arrested

A 46-year old Walhalla woman has been arrested as one of two suspects in a Sunday night home burglary on S. Cedar Street. Lt. Paul Harris says Teresa Diane Durham was arrested yesterday and charged with burglary first degree. According to Harris, the police were led to Durham and a second suspect when they were able to recover stolen household […]

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Dyar sees hope to reduce backlog

The Oconee Veterans Affairs Director, Jerry Dyar, sees hope for the U-S Department of veterans Affairs to begin to reduce the backlog of disability claims. U-S Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, among others, calls on President Obama for a plan. Dyar says, “We have numerous veterans right here in Oconee County who have rating decisions pending that have been […]

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Lakeside restaurant temporarily closed

A Lake Keowee restaurant near Seneca has closed temporarily because of a kitchen fire. According to the Seneca Fire Department, yesterday morning’s fire at the Tikki Hutt on Old Salem Road was doused by kitchen workers using extinguishers. Department spokesman Chris Cartee says the investigation of the fire is in the hands of Shane Gibbs, the county fire marshall. According […]

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“Flat” local budget request

Before Oconee County Council, Dr. Mike Lucas, county Superintendent of Education, offered what he called a “flat” budget request—meaning it seeks no additional local tax funds for general education purposes in the next year. Bottom line figures for the budgets projected for Oconee School District: $86.8 million in both state and local source revenues; $88.6 million in expenses. That means […]

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