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West Union police arrest suspect for drug, weapons charges after chase

OCONEE COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina)- West Union police say that they have arrested a suspect after a chase ended in Oconee County near Bountyland Rd. and Blue Ridge Blvd. According to police, a chase began when the suspect's license plate was run for a traffic violation. Police say that it was discovered that the car being driven by the suspect was stolen out of Easley.
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Oconee County Council Approves New Budget

Oconee County has new budget, but it passed last night only by a slim margin after a two-and-a-half hour meeting, two cost-cutting amendments, and a great deal of back-and-forth. Paul Cain was able to save more than $100 thousand dollars by motioning to eliminate two jobs…. Glenn Hart lost his...
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Traffic stop leads to arrest on multiple charges

Six days after a traffic stop in rural Oconee, a 34-year old county resident has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses. Law enforcement records show the arrest early Tuesday of Timothy Corey Lear on charges of possession of a stolen pickup truck, home burglary first degree, and grand larceny. At night on June 14, a sheriff’s officer stopped a vehicle without working tail lights on Poplar Springs Road. According to the sheriff’s office, Corp. Johnson questioned a passenger, but the driver ran away. The vehicle turned out to be a 2001 Chevy Silverado reported stolen that day in Foxwood Hills. Lear was additionally charged with an earlier home burglary and theft, in which guns, checkbooks, and other items were stolen from a home on the Oak Creek Road.
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Law enforcement chase leads to Oconee

A chase by law enforcement that started this morning in Franklin County, Georgia eventually crossed into Oconee County, South Carolina, but the driver apparently got away. Word from Georgia is that the chase started on 85 southbound. At exit 164 Carnesville, the driver crossed back over and headed northbound, eventually across the bridge into South Carolina.
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Two Charged by OCSO with Possession of Stolen Vehicle, Other Offenses

Oconee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people from Fair Play on Thursday afternoon and charged them with multiple offenses. 29 year-old James Austin Beam has been charged with his second offense of 3rd degree burglary, as well as malicious injury to property, possession of a firearm by a violent felon, resisting arrest, giving false information, possession of a stolen vehicle and grand larceny.
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Duke Energy applies to keep Oconee nuclear plant going into 2050s

Duke Energy has filed an application asking for federal approval to run the Oconee Nuclear Station well into the 2050s. The Oconee Nuclear Station, about 30 miles west of Greenville, supplies much of the Upstate with electricity. Only three nuclear plants in the country provide more electricity. The utility previously...
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Duke Energy asks fed for 20 year extension on Oconee Nuclear Station

Duke Energy announced June 21 it has filed an application with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew Oconee Nuclear Station’s operating licenses for an additional 20 years. The facility’s operating licenses remain current through the early 2030s, but the subsequent or second license renewal would extend the operating licenses...
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Lane reopen on Interstate 85 in Oconee County after vehicle fire

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. — Update: Lanes open. A vehicle on fire has closed a lane of traffic on Interstate 85 in Oconee County. This is happening near exit 4 in Fair Play. This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.
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Suspect’s car wrecks, driver runs off

The cops have his car, they have his name, but they don’t have him. There was police activity early today between Walhalla and Salem. Chief Deputy Davis of the Oconee Sheriff’s Office says officers spotted a suspicious vehicle on the Camp Oak Road. A chase then developed, but ended when the suspect car went down an embankment on the Flat Shoals Road. Davis said the driver, whose name is known to law enforcement, ran away in the woods and he’s still loose. But charges await him, says Davis.

One-vote margin secures new county budget

Oconee County has new budgets for a new government year that starts at the end of next week. But the final vote required a two-and-a-half hour meeting, two cost-cutting amendments, and a great deal of back-and-forth with county council’s most vocal spending critics. On some key issues, the five-member council remains in a three-two divide. Paul Cain was able to save more than $100 thousand dollars by motioning to cut out two job positions, but Glenn Hart lost his attempt to further amend by reverting to a $49 million general budget. What survived was a $58 million measure that several public comment session speakers claim is too much—even though county growth is anticipated to be enough to avoid any property tax increase. Other than three percent pay increases for the county workforce and additional sheriff’s officers, much in the new spending plan came under hard scrutiny as many as seven audience members who spoke during the final public budget hearing. Many of them pushed the council for a line-by-line examination of every projected expenditure and questions were raised as to who, other than County Administrator Amanda Brock, is truly an expert on what’s in the budget. Airport spending, including that which is projected for Clemson game day football, came under heavy attack. That prompted Councilman Julian Davis to state that the airport is of great service for many of the county’s industrial community, including the county’s largest taxpayer Duke Energy. Davis’s colleague Paul Cain succeeded in slicing out $58 thousand to pay for what would have been the county’s first public information officer, and he was able to save $53 thousand to pay for a code enforcement officer. That cut came not long after Matthew Durham read a letter from a “Jane Doe” that suggested that a code officer might be shot if he goes on private property.
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Toccoa Man Charged in SC With Receiving Stolen Property

A Toccoa man is charged in Oconee County, SC with receiving stolen property. According to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, June 17th, deputies responded to a parking lot on Sandifer Blvd in Seneca in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The deputy made contact with a white male subject...

Today’s South Carolina DHEC COVID numbers

This afternoon’s report contained 68 new COVID-19 cases across South Carolina, one in Oconee County. Statewide, one new death–an elderly Williamsburg County resident. Of 5,196 test results received, positivity was 2.3%. The numbers are data that account for the 24-hour period ending 11:59 Monday night.

Homebuilders’ sewer requests turned down

Requests for sewer service from developers of two new Oconee County home developments have been rejected, and the explanation is a familiar one. As explained to a Joint Regional Sewer Authority committee, the reason is the lack of available treatment capacity inside the Seneca Creek basin of the JRSA’s service territory. The JRSA’s finance and administration committee spent much of its Monday afternoon meeting in discussion of the need for consultant studies to point the way to accommodate an anticipated rate of growth in a growing county. Westminster member Kevin Bronson called for a plan to project capital improvement costs over a period of three to five years as a way to cushion the need for additional rate increases to the member cities to have their wastewater treated.
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Out of state stolen truck found near Seneca

A Georgia man was arrested in Oconee County and charged with multiple offenses, including possession of a stolen pickup truck. Law enforcement records identify the man arrested as Toccoa resident Donald Lee Bales. The 63-year old Bales was arrested early Friday on the grounds of Wal-Mart near Seneca after a sheriff’s officer determined a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was reported to the Hall County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office as stolen. Besides possession of a stolen vehicle, authorities filed charges against Bales of receiving stolen goods and fugitive from justice from the state of Georgia.

Handful of Sewer South II easements remain

Before the long desired vision of sewer pipe in the ground along I-85 in Oconee, there’s the matter of obtaining a remaining number of easements from property owners whose cooperation is needed for Sewer South II. Seven easements belonging to individuals or groups, according to Chris Eleazer of the Joint Regional Sewer Authority, are either in the appraisal or negotiation stage. In at least two of the situations, the property owners are represented by attorneys with whom Larry Brandt, the JRSA attorney, will confer. A question arose yesterday as to how to run sewer pipe along I-85 bridges over Lake Hartwell. In reply to a committee member’s question, Eleazer says he’s certain that the South Carolina DOT won’t allow pipe to be attached to the sides of the bridge.

No “immediate concern” for Keowee Dam safety

A two-man inspection team has determined the Keowee Dam in Oconee County is in satisfactory condition. A communication from the Atlanta regional office of the NRC to Randy Herrin, a Duke Energy vice president, states, “The project meets our guidelines. Michael Woodruff and Jeff Holloway (the inspectors) found no problems that would present an immediate concern for dam safety or continued operation, and there are no follow-up items from this inspection.” Woodruff and Holloway inspected the Keowee Dam over a two-day period—June 7 and 8.

Father’s Day COVID cases in South Carolina

In today’s report from South Carolina DHEC: Sunday saw 34 new cases of COVID-19 across the state. None of those cases was an Oconee County resident. Statewide, there were three additional deaths from the virus. Of 2,585 test results received, the positivity was 1.7%.
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Harold “Ronnie” Pitts

Seneca – Harold Ronnie Pitts, 67, fiancé of Bonnie Bearzi, of 394 Winding Lane, passed away on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family after an extended battle with cancer. Ronnie was born in Oconee County, and was the son of the late Harold Calhoun...

No COVID deaths reported in South Carolina

For the latest count available, there were no South Carolina COVID-19 deaths. The slate of zero deaths covered a 24-hour period that ended at 11:59 on Saturday night. For that period, there were 56 new cases of the virus statewide, two of them in Oconee County. Of 7,612 test results received, the positivity fell to 1.2%.