Statewide Red Flag Fire Alert effective immediately

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Forestry Commission is issuing a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert, effective immediately. Weather forecasts for most of the state this weekend include stronger-than-normal wind gusts and low relative humidity, all of which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly. “These conditions present favorable conditions […]

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Woman Charged with Cocaine Trafficking; Another with Threats to Public Employee

According to jail records, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37 year-old Angela Denise Lewis Thursday and charged her with two counts of trafficking cocaine. She remain in custody pending bond. Also on Thursday, Wallhalla Police arrested 56 year-old Terese Ann Close and charged her with threatening the life of a public employee, malicious injury to property and unlawfully calling […]

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City of Walhalla: State of Emergency Declared

The City of Walhalla declared a state of emergency in response to COVID19 that will allow the City Council to meet remotely via webinar or teleconference for the next 61 days or until the emergency is declared over. In addition to the previously closed city facilities, the following are now closed: Stumphouse Mountain Bike Park (including Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena […]

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DHEC’s COVID-19 Update

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported 261 additional cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday night (April 2, 2020). That brings the statewide total cases to 1,554 in all 46 counties. Unfortunately, the agency also announced five additional deaths related to COVID-19. The deaths occurred in elderly individuals who all had underlying health conditions. Two were […]

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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Arrests Westminster Man on Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Charge

In a follow-up to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office on February 25th regarding investigators needing assistance from the public in relation to a stolen moped, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Westminster man yesterday on outstanding warrants obtained during the investigation.   32 year old Justin Coaxie Phillips of Pickens Road was arrested after a traffic stop […]

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COVID-19 Reported in All 46 Counties Across South Carolina, 5 deaths, 261 New Cases

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today reported 261 additional cases of COVID-19. That brings the statewide total cases to 1,554 in all 46 counties*. “There are now documented cases of COVID-19 in every county across our state,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC physician. “The level in which it continues to spread will hinge on all […]

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Chick-fil-A of Seneca and Clemson Reopened; Presumptive COVID-19 Diagnosis Returns Negative

Chick-fil-A of Seneca opened last week and now the Clemson location is back open for business again, as well. An employee with the company had a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 that, fortunately, turned out to be negative. The store re-opened on Monday. Owner Herb Tyler issued this statement: “As you know, we temporarily closed the restaurant and asked our Team […]

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Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Issues Release Regarding Technology Upgrade to Pursuit Alert App

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has been notified today by some citizens with the Pursuit Alert App that it was being activated. Contact was made with the manufacturer due to the Sheriff’s Office not being involved in any pursuits today. “The company that owns and operates the Pursuit Alert App is doing a technology upgrade which caused the app to […]

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