Arrest made in Utica shooting

A 20-year old Seneca man turned himself over to authorities yesterday to face multiple charges arising from a weekend shooting in the Utica community. No one was hurt Saturday morning at a home on Jameson Avenue but, according to Oconee Sheriff’s Office, four people, including two children, were inside the home. Warrants charge Travis Javon Lee with attempted murder, discharging […]

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Jury picked for civil trial

An Oconee County jury has been directed to report back for duty at 3:30 this afternoon for lawyers’ opening statements in a civil trial that may take two weeks. The jury will hear the case of Plateau Excavation against Oconee County and Talbert-Bright, the county’s former airport consultant. It’s a dispute that arose over what was a two-year project to […]

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An update from the 3rd Congressional District

An update from national government will be provided this week to an Oconee County audience. Congressman Jeff Duncan is the featured speaker for the October business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance, and the public is invited. It’ll be held at 8 o’clock Thursday morning at Thrift Development on the Bountyland Road near Seneca. Duncan will also cover topics related […]

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Crime Stoppers offers reward

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 two weeks later, on September […]

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One-year old hotel boosts city tax fund

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 total accommodations revenue to the […]

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Juror: “We were shocked”

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 substantial.  As it is, however, […]

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Courtroom to be transformed

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, for which the contractor extended […]

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In the end, jury verdict not needed

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 written statement and announcing, “We […]

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Surprise ending to trial

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 afterward were saying were very […]

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