Traffic stop and the charges that followed

Late at night Tuesday in rural southern Oconee, a deputy spotted a small car turn off SC 24/the West-Oak Highway and onto SC 59 without, he says, any tag lamps illuminating the license plate.  The deputy followed the car which, eventually, turned into a driveway and was met by farm gate.  The result of that traffic stop produced the following […]

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West Union police changes

Jeff Richardson’s time as West Union police chief ended this morning at town hall.  At 9 this morning, Mayor Oliver swore in Sgt. Benjamin Hailey as the new police chief – succeeding Richardson who resigned effective Wednesday.  Corp. Jeremy Kennemore is in line to be promoted July 29 to the rank of sergeant.  

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Indictments are handed up in the Dornellas case

The South Carolina man who was arrested after he allegedly set fire to his truck with his small boy inside has been indicted.  The indictments follow the arrest of Joshua Dornellas after a chase through two states.  Lake Hartwell Radio WLHR at Lavonia reports the following indictments against Dornellas were handed up by the Franklin County Grand Jury:  criminal attempt […]

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Tennessee hospital to join Prisma Health

A 304-bed hospital near Knoxville, Tennessee seeks to become part of South Carolina-based Prisma Health.  Blount Memorial Hospital at Maryville, Tennessee and Prisma Heath have signed a non-binding letter of intent and are now in a period of negotiations, due diligence, and planning.  The announcement describes the Tennessee hospital this way:  “It has more than 2,700 employees and 200 physicians […]

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Clemson University sets a ’25 budget

The board of trustees at Clemson University has set a new budget with which to operate a new year of higher education.  It includes the expansion of the Douthit Hills on-campus housing and the hiring of a new vice president for student affairs.  And the university is highlighting the design and construction of a six-level, around 1,200-space parking facility for […]

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The Democrats’ hope for Congress campaigns in Oconee

Oconee Democrats welcomed their party’s nominee for the available 3rd District congressional seat to a meet-the-candidate event at the county party headquarters in Walhalla.  In all, there’ll be three candidates on the November ballot but, in his talk last night, Democrat Bryon Best focused on the Republican nominee, Sheri Biggs, and declared, “I know I am better than she.”  Best […]

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Young man electrocuted in work accident

An employee of the Anderson Regional Joint Water System died this morning after apparently electrocuted while working on an air conditioning unit.  He was Tristan Garrett Stone, 25-year-old Anderson resident.  Coroner Greg Shore said Stone was working on an air unit at one of employer’s facilities and apparently cut a live wire, while trying to replace the fan motor in […]

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25-year prison term pronounced

A 40-year-old Pickens County man has been directed  to serve 25-years – the result of his recent drug conviction by a jury in his home county.  The sentence was handed down this afternoon by Judge McIntosh to defendant William Oliver, as part of a day of state grand jury proceedings held at the Oconee County Courthouse.  Oliver was described as […]

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