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Parade Grand Marshall Yousef Mefleh

September 3, 2013

Flabbergasted is one word to describe the way a Palestinian native feels having been chosen to ride at the head of this week’s parade in Westminster to mark the annual South Carolina Apple Festival. But it is absolutely A-OK with Yousef Mefleh. Westminster is Medfleh’s adopted hometown, and it’s where he has run a Main…

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Bartee led to jail, verdict to be appealed!

September 3, 2013

James Bartee has been sent to prison for five years. He is 55 years old. The sentence this afternoon followed the jury’s conviction on the charge of solicitation to commit a felony that translated to a plot never carried out to kidnap a retired judge. The official sentence as announced by the trial judge: 10…

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Official: jail hearing to be September 19

September 3, 2013

6 o’clock Thursday evening, September 19 at Walhalla City Hall has been confirmed as the time, date, and location for Oconee County’s request for a special exception to build the replacement jail on the opposite side of the LEC on S. Church Street. Holding the hearing will be the city Board of Zoning Appeals. In…

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Contract matter reason for Walhalla meeting

September 3, 2013

Walhalla City Council goes back in session for another private meeting tomorrow afternoon. It’s a 4 o’clock meeting at City Hall. Stated reason for the executive session is contract matter. According to what Mayor Edwards told us last week, this meeting appears to be a follow-up meeting on the two companies that responded to a…

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Car accident near Miracle Circle

September 3, 2013

A late morning car accident near Seneca’s Miracle Circle. The police say involved were Lexus and Lincoln automobiles in a rear-end collision on 123 in front of Snappy Car Wash. Lt. Robert Tribble says the accident impeded traffic for about ten minutes and required the Lexus driver to go taken to the hospital for minor…

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Bartee called arrogant, reckless and desperate

September 3, 2013

Prosecutor Lindsey Simmons called James Bartee several names as she wrapped up the state’s case with a call to the jury to pay special attention to what’s on the tape from the wire recording of defendant Bartee and his accuser, Nick Blackwell. Simmons and her counterpart, defense attorney Douglas Brannon, completed their final arguments to…

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Case approaches the jury room

September 3, 2013

It appears more and more the jury will get the Bartee case by the noon hour. Late this morning, Assistant Solicitor Lindsey Simmons was completing her closing arguments. Simmons opened first for the purpose of stressing the law in the case, gave way to defense lawyer Douglas Brannon, then got back up before the jury…

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Sprouse eyes judgeship

September 3, 2013

An attorney at Seneca intends to seek a 10th Circuit judgeship once that seat becomes officially available during 2014. Scott Sprouse confirmed to 96.3/WGOG NEWS last week his intent to apply for Seat Two—the judgeship now held by Alex Macaulay of West Union. Sprouse serves as Walhalla Municipal Judge and City Attorney for Westminster. On…

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Jury deliberations may start at mid day

September 3, 2013

If you are familiar with the line that goes “Japanese instructor who lives in Colorado who was going to eat Mexican in Oconee County”, chances are you were in the courtroom last week for testimony in the case of South Carolina versus James Bartee. The line about the Japanese martial arts teacher was used by…

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Sunday night car accident near Westminster

September 3, 2013

A Sunday night car accident near Westminster sent one person for treatment at a Greenville hospital. According to a report from Oconee Emergency Services, a medical transport helicopter flew the injured person following an accident around 9:30 on the Greenfield Road.

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