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Crime Stoppers offers reward

October 6, 2014

Cases of burglary and theft near Seneca last month remain under investigation by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, and you can qualify for a cash reward if you can provide information that’ll break the case. A TV set and about $300 dollars in change was taken September 5 at 550 Keowee Trail. That was followed almost…

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One-year old hotel boosts city tax fund

October 6, 2014

A one-year old hotel in Seneca has helped raise a city fund used to promote tourism and events. Seneca’s newsletter quotes Joel Seavey, finance officer and clerk-treasurer, as saying, “In the first year of the Hampton Inn, the city’s ATAX has increased by 150%. Each month, hotels like the Hampton Inn, pay 1.5% of their…

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Management change at BASF

October 6, 2014

Will Teasdale has succeeded Frank Lansom Scribner at Seneca’s BASF plant. Teasdale joins Seneca BASF from the St. Louis, Missouri area, while Linsom Scribner took a transfer to BASF in Middleton, Georgia.

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Juror: “We were shocked”

October 6, 2014

A juror tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS that she and her fellow jurors were shocked when the judge told them their verdict would not be needed.  Phyllis Johnson said the jury had weighed the testimony and other evidence for three weeks and was prepared to award the plaintiffs damages.  And, Johnson said, the damages would have been…

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Courtroom to be transformed

October 4, 2014

Oconee’s top floor courtroom, the scene of a three-week civil trial that ended Friday, will be transformed Monday morning to accommodate the lawyers and parties for another civil case which could take two weeks to try. Plateau Excavation against Oconee County and others is categorized as “complex” litigation and pairs a contractor against a county,…

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In the end, jury verdict not needed

October 4, 2014

Most civil lawsuits are settled pre-trial, but the end to a major Oconee County case occurred Friday night practically simultaneous with the jury’s verdict. In the case alleging medical malpractice by a nursing home near Seneca, the verdict was never announced. Instead, at 7:30, plaintiff’s lawyer Gary Poliakoff walked into the courtroom holding a one-page…

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Surprise ending to trial

October 3, 2014

A surprise ending to the Oconee Common Pleas Court trial in Walhalla.  Just as a court officer announced the jury had reached a verdict, a lawyer for the plaintiff said both sides had reached a settlement and there would be no verdict.  The settlement entered on the record is a confidential financial agreement, and parties…

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Three more drug arrests

October 3, 2014

Three more arrests have been made in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office “Operation Infinity” drug sweep. According to the Sheriff’s Office announcement, the latest to be arrested are Bobby Allen Whitfield, 35, of Walhalla, charged with distribution of marijuana; Richard Wayne Hendricks, 26, of Seneca, charged with distribution of methamphetamine; and Dechane Foster Earle, 23, of…

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Organizers say fair on as scheduled

October 3, 2014

“We are on schedule to open at 4 o’clock!”  Stanley Gibson says despite today’s rain, Friday evening activities, all of them, are on schedule at the Foothills Heritage Fair at the fairgrounds on highway 123 near Westminster.  Gibson says, “Looking forward to everybody coming out.”  One piece of advise is leave those Sunday shoes at…

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Jury hears closing arguments

October 3, 2014

By early afternoon, the jury was still hearing lawyers’ final arguments in the Oconee County civil trial involving a Seneca nursing home and one of its former residents. Expectations remain that this is the day or night for a verdict to decide the three-week old trial. As one of the lawyers conceded in front of…

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