OHS Adoption Event

The Oconee Humane Society has announced the arrival of new kittens! They are currently overflowing with these tiny fur balls and are offering a special promotion: buy one kitten and get another free, while all adult cats are available at no cost. Alongside the kittens, the shelter’s dog kennels are also filled with a variety of adorable dogs waiting to […]

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Vaping and Smoking Only Permitted in Designated Areas at City Events, Enforceable by Fine

The Seneca City Council has banned smoking and vaping products within the designated areas of Jazz on the Alley, effective immediately following a unanimous vote after the second reading of the ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Violators will face a civil penalty of $10 to $25. The ordinance, which was driven by complaints from residents and businesses, aims to […]

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Anderson County Announces Approval of Opioid Settlement Fund Projects

At its meeting on June 19th, the South Carolina Opioid Recovery Fund (SCORF) Board approved three opioid remediation projects submitted by Anderson County.  The projects have a combined budget of $628,442 and are as follows: FAVOR/AnMed Recovery Services Partnership: This initiative will expand existing recovery support services offered by FAVOR Upstate at AnMed Medical Center. Given recent increases in opioid-related addiction […]

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Bridge Replacement Study Application Jointly Submitted by SC & GA

South Carolina and Georgia have jointly applied for a federal planning grant to replace or rehabilitate up to six bridges over Lake Hartwell. The application requests $1.68 million from the Bridge Investment Program for a Planning and Environmental Linkages Study covering 2.5 miles on I-85. According to Kelly Moore, SCDOT spokeswoman, if awarded, the funds will be used to assess […]

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Drought status upgraded for all of South Carolina amid hot, dry start to summer

All of South Carolina has been upgraded to some level of drought as the effects of recent hot and dry conditions are being felt throughout the state. The S.C. Drought Response Committee, during its meeting via conference call July 9, upgraded the drought designation for all 46 counties, which had previously been normal – or no drought.  The committee upgraded […]

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Seneca Man Charged with Assault & Battery; Another Facing Unusual Offense

Nathan Lee Chambers, a 30-year-old from Seneca, was arrested on June 26 by state police on multiple charges, including unauthorized practice of law, forgery, and misrepresentation of being a lawyer. Chambers, who allegedly filed legal documents and motions on behalf of a criminal defendant between June 4 and November 14, 2023, without being a member of the South Carolina Bar, […]

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Seneca – Fire Related Death

From Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis: At approximately 7:00 pm Tuesday night, the Seneca Fire Department was dispatched to 108 Field Village Drive, Apartment C, in Seneca to a reported apartment fire. This fire has resulted in the death of a 61-year-old Seneca woman, identified as Beckie Marie Smith. The fire was reported by neighbors within the complex; a bystander […]

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Duke Energy Customers in South Carolina to Face Rate Hikes Starting Next Month

Starting next month, on August 1, Duke Energy customers in South Carolina will face higher rates following a settlement approved by the state’s Public Service Commission. Effective August 1, a typical residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours will see an 8.7% increase, or $12.06 per month, with another 4.3% hike, or $6.42 per month, beginning August 1, 2026. Commercial and […]

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Suspects Facing Financial ID Fraud and Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Separate Investigations

Joshua Coty Dobson, 36-year-old from Walhalla, was arrested by Walhalla Police on Sunday morning, July 7, around 7:00 a.m. Details surrounding the arrest have not been released yet. He was taken into custody under a warrant issued by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office for assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. His bond was set at […]

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