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Whether he testifies

August 30, 2013

Defense lawyer Douglas Brannon announces to the court this morning whether his client, James Bartee, will take the stand in his own defense. If not, it appears, all testimony will have been completed in this week’s trial, unless the prosecution presents a final witness or two. At mid day yesterday, the prosecution rested and the…

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PRT commissioners make their choices

August 29, 2013

Oconee’s commissioners of Parks, Recreation and Tourism have recommended the allocation of $20 thousand of A-TAX funds to help several organizations to hold festivals and provide entertainment—all of which will help the county’s goal of growing its tourism business. The commissioners cast their votes at a meeting today in Walhalla. It was as much about…

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Prosecution rests

August 29, 2013

After a “SLED” agent’s testimony, the prosecution rested its case after two and a half days of calling witnesses. Now the defense for James Bartee has begun calling witness—the first two were a medical doctor and a retired FBI agent. Trial watchers have begun to wonder aloud if the strategy will be to call Bartee…

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Lexington motorcyclist files OC lawsuit

August 29, 2013

The South Carolina DOT, Oconee County, and ABC Paving company have all been named defendants in a lawsuit filed this week for a motorcyclist near Columbia. The plaintiff in the case is Stephens Ribbe, a Lexington County resident. According to the pleadings, Ribbe was riding a motorcycle September 11, 2011 in Oconee County on S.C.…

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SLED agent on the stand

August 29, 2013

An agent for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division testified for the prosecution this morning in the James Bartee trial. It fell to Michael Sloan the duty to investigate a complaint that Bartee wanted a retired judge kidnapped and left out of state so he could not attend a hearing in Anderson to decide whether…

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Wear it!

August 29, 2013

Thousands of people visit the lakes during Labor Day weekend. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the most important safety tip to keep in mind is always wear a properly-fitted, U-S Coast Guard-approved life jacket when you’re in, on, or around the water. So far this year, four people lost their lives to drowning…

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$30 thousand in grants to be awarded today

August 29, 2013

At a noon hour meeting today, members of Oconee’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission vote to award as much as $30 thousand in grants to organizations that promise to use the funds to promote tourism. The $30 thousand represents what’s available in the fall cycle of county ATAX money. The commissioners’ recommendations go to County…

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State order temporary bridge

August 29, 2013

The DOT is moving ahead with plans to use a temporary bridge in Pickens County to replace the existing structure on Jones Mill Road over Six Mile Creek near Daniel High School. The bridge was closed the night of August 6 when heavy rains caused a partial collapse. Three days later, Governor Haley signed an…

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Three for three in Westminster!

August 29, 2013

In the first week the books are open, three men are candidates for three seats on the Westminster City Council. Two are incumbents: Rusty Cater and Reid Adams. The third candidate is newcomer Bill Brockington. Westminster’s election takes place November 5.

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Bartee friend described as hostile state witness

August 29, 2013

When the state called to the stand an Atlanta area resident, its purpose appeared to have been to have the witness testify about 14 phone calls that he received from Nick Blackwell, the man who law enforcement equipped with a wire to record Blackwell’s conversation with James Bartee. Much of what Joseph Allen Milbert had…

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  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
  • September 11, 2014 9:00 amFriends of the Library Monthly Book Sale
  • September 13, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
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