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Witnesses deny self-defense as motive in murder trial
October 18, 2017 – 12:52 am
Witnesses deny self-defense as motive in murder trial

In opening arguments Tuesday morning, Kenneth Strother Collins’ attorney told jurors her client acted in self-defense the day police allege he murdered a Pickens County man at his home on North Laurel Street in Walhalla in 2015.

Developer: Cliffs properties not selling for tax value
October 18, 2017 – 12:49 am
Developer: Cliffs properties not selling for tax value

While tax values dropped by an average of $87,000 for lots owned by the master developer for The Cliffs at Keowee Falls near Salem in 2017, the developer’s top executive said the values are still higher than market value.

Clemson Community Foundation recipient of $25,000 matching pledge
October 18, 2017 – 12:12 am
Clemson Community Foundation recipient of $25,000 matching pledge

Clemson Community Foundation, which supports area nonprofit organizations, recently learned it is the recipient of a $25,000 matching gift pledged by an anonymous donor.

Bye week comes after Clemson’s first loss
October 18, 2017 – 12:01 am
Bye week comes after Clemson’s first loss

CLEMSON — The No. 7 Clemson Tigers have had some time now to absorb last Friday’s 27-24 loss to Syracuse. They’ve watched the film, recognized their mistakes, and this week’s bye week gives them a chance to evaluate and move on.

Seniors, disabled, vets may get free entry to parks
October 17, 2017 – 10:40 pm
Seniors, disabled, vets may get free entry to parks

Veterans, senior citizens and legally disabled residents of Oconee County may soon be receiving free passes to visit county parks as a result of action taken Tuesday night by county council.

Oconee, Pickens included in Trump’s Irma disaster declaration
October 17, 2017 – 10:16 pm
Oconee, Pickens included in Trump’s Irma disaster declaration

Oconee and Pickens are among 16 South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Irma where federal aid has been ordered to supplement state and local recovery efforts by President Donald Trump, who has declared a major disaster exists in the state.

Walhalla candidates favor tax hikes over service cuts
October 17, 2017 – 10:16 pm
Walhalla candidates favor tax hikes over service cuts

All four candidates for Walhalla City Council said on Monday they support tax hikes if given the choice between raising property taxes and cutting services.

Seneca council gives approval to wayfinding signage design
October 17, 2017 – 10:15 pm
Seneca council gives approval to wayfinding signage design

Thanks to a partnership with the Oconee Economic Alliance, the city of Seneca will soon have the means to pull more visitors into the downtown area, and its museums, thanks to some new signage that’s moving closer to becoming a reality.

Clemson campus planning director outlines coming changes
October 17, 2017 – 9:58 pm
Clemson campus planning director outlines coming changes

New Clemson Joint City-University Advisory Board chairman Gerald Vander Mey recently took off his hat in that role and put on his full-time hat as director of campus planning at Clemson University to outline and explain changes planned at the university.

Man testifies that he feared for life in struggle with shooting victim
October 17, 2017 – 9:49 pm
Man testifies that he feared for life in struggle with shooting victim

The man accused by the victim’s brother of instigating a fight that led to a deadly 2015 shooting in Liberty told a Pickens County jury on Tuesday that it was the brothers who actually initiated the conflict.