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Heart procedure ahead for Lucas

August 27, 2013

The medical procedure heart valve replacement is ahead for Oconee’s superintendent of education. Dr. Mike Lucas will go on medical leave Thursday September 5 that is to last “one to two months.” According to an announcement this morning by Chairman Andy Inabinet of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Michael Thorsland will serve as acting superintendent…

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Williams said he wanted to avoid a disaster

August 27, 2013

A former circuit judge who chose Oconee County as his home in retirement says he was only trying to avoid what he foresaw as a potential disaster when he challenged the eligibility to run of one of the four men who competed last year for county sheriff. Jimmy Williams found himself the first criminal trial…

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Prosecutor: Bartee asked Blackwell to kidnap Williams

August 27, 2013

Deputy Solicitor David Wagner says James Bartee asked Nick Blackwell to kidnap Jimmy Williams. And it doesn’t matter, Wagner says, that Bartee later told Blackwell to hold off. By that point, Wagner told the jury, a crime had been committed. Bartee is on trial, charged with solicitation to commit a felony. Wagner and his counterpart,…

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Shelter project qualifies for $100K match

August 27, 2013

The campaign to raise money for an Oconee shelter to protect the abused has raised enough funds to qualify for a $100 thousand match. And the official announcement is to be made next week during a news conference. A Seneca couple, Fran and Bob Hanson, promised they would personally match dollar for dollar up to…

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If and when it gets built, according to Moulder

August 27, 2013

If and when that new Oconee Jail is built, the county administrator says Oconeeans can expect a safer and more efficiently run place to hold prisoners. But Scott Moulder said no one should kid himself about the costs to operate and maintain a modern-day detention center. For size reasons alone, he said, it’s going to…

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The costs to expand bus service

August 27, 2013

The Oconee County administrator admits to some trepidation when it comes to all that will be involved if the county is to help bring about expanded passenger bus service. During a question period after his talk yesterday to the Walhalla Rotary Club, 96.3/WGOG NEWS asked Scott Moulder if he’s scared by the figure of between…

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Cottingham House third phase

August 27, 2013

A ribbon-cutting is set tomorrow near Seneca for the opening of the third phase of the Cottingham House at Oconee Hospice of the Foothills. The public is invited to attend at 10 a-m at 390 Keowee School Road and tour the newest section of the hospice house. Phase III renovations include a large entry patio,…

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Jury selected for testimony to begin

August 27, 2013

Oconee General Sessions Judge Lawton McIntosh is expected to announce rulings this morning in pre-trial motions argued yesterday after the jury in the James Bartee case went home for the rest of the day. The jury is to be back at 9 this morning for opening arguments and the start of testimony. Indications are the…

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Holiday closing

August 27, 2013

All Oconee solid waste facilities, including the manned convenience centers, will be closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday.

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UPDATE from the courtroom

August 26, 2013

A jury is in place in Walhalla for the start of S.C. v. James Bartee. The judge told the jury to go home for the rest of the day and return at 9 tomorrow morning. That’s when attorneys for both sides make their opening arguments and the first testimony can proceed.

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  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 7, 2014 7:00 pmOconee County Baptist Camp Meeting Under the Tent
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