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Bartee trial date official: August 26

August 16, 2013

The published trial docket for this month’s term of Oconee General Sessions Court makes official a trial date for James Bartee, the former Secret Service agent who ran for Sheriff but was arrested. The docket shows Deputy Solicitor David Wagner will call to trial the solicitation to commit a felony case against James Bartee the…

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Jail request to be filed this morning

August 16, 2013

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he’ll file the county’s official request this morning to build the new jail. Crenshaw says he’ll present the county’s application for a special zoning exception at 9:30 this morning at the Walhalla City Hall. From there, it’s likely to wind up in the hands of the city’s board of zoning appeals.

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Starbucks headed to West Union!

August 16, 2013

A national chain of coffee restaurants sees possibilities in West Union. The Washington-state Starbucks chain has submitted plans to the Oconee County Building Codes Department to place a restaurant inside the West Union’s Ingle’s supermarket.

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For Dr. Rao’s defense

August 15, 2013

More doctors are giving testimony in defense of Oconee surgeon Frank Rao. An ear, nose, and throat specialist from the Medical University Hospital in Charleston testified today that Dr. Rao rendered the appropriate care to thyroid cancer patient Cassie Sweenor. The patient, 26 years old at the time, developed post-surgery difficulties and was supposed to…

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Wait game at the OC Auditor’s Office

August 15, 2013

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix hopes he’ll be able the night of September 3 to recommend the county’s tax levy for 2013. But it’s all going to depend on how soon the state Department of Revenue delivers its assessment of what Duke Energy will owe to cover its Oconee County holdings for another taxable year. Nix…

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Concrete slab poured for the new high school

August 15, 2013
Concrete slab poured for the new high school

  A first floor slab of concrete has been poured at the Walhalla High construction site. It’s to be the floor for the auxiliary gymnasium at the new school. According to Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, weather permitting next week, the builders plan to pour the slab for the competition gym and start…

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Medical specialist testifies

August 15, 2013

On the Oconee witness stand this morning is a physician specialist from Columbia. Dr. Franklin McMillan, a pulmonary critical care doctor, is testifying for the defense in a trial alleging medical malpractice. The trial pits Elvis Pressley, the father of the late Cassie Sweenor, against Oconee physician Frank Rao. McGuire practices at the Columbia hospital,…

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How the ACA impacts OSD

August 15, 2013

\Oconee school officials are explaining how a national law making health insurance mandatory will affect part time workers in the public schools. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, says it’s not just substitute teachers, but anyone who does part time work in the schools. He explains in an interview airing today on 96.3/WGOG NEWS.  

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OCC to face 5-page agenda

August 15, 2013

What happens when Oconee County Council skips one of its regular meeting nights—such as the cancellation of one of its two August meetings? You can expect a long agenda for the next time the county fathers assemble. Such will be the case for Tuesday night’s meeting at the County Administrative Offices. It’ll begin with public…

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New businesses bound for NE Georgia

August 15, 2013

Seneca is about to welcome a Hampton Inn and Suites. You can add Lavonia, Georgia to the list of locations to which the hotel chain is expanding. WLHR Lake Hartwell Radio reports developers break ground next month for an 82-room Hampton—across from the Holiday Inn Express at the 173 exit on SR 17. Gary Fesperson,…

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