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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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Garage and home fires

September 3, 2013

A home fire that started in the kitchen sent out volunteer fire fighters last night in southern Oconee County. The fire, at 114 N. Davis Drive, occurred inside the South Union Fire District. Fire fighters were on the scene for nearly two hours, starting at 1 o’clock this morning. Earlier in the night, Keowee Department…

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A-I-D sign OK’d

August 30, 2013

The newest addition to Oconee’s industrial community has been approved for a monument sign to let the world know of its new location in the county Commerce Park on highway 11. By action of the county Board of Appeals Thursday, the A-I-D Corporation received a variance of 25 feet from the front setback requirement within…

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Congregate living approved for Walhalla

August 30, 2013

Congregate living has been approved for Walhalla. The city Board of Appeals this afternoon OK’d an exception to the zoning law that’ll enable Christ Central Ministries to remodel a former bed-and-breakfast on Hunter Avenue into a 10-bed congregate living facility. A representative of Christ Central Ministries told the board that his organization will provide bed…

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Trial recessed until Tuesday

August 30, 2013

The James Bartee trial recessed this afternoon for the rest of the week. It’ll pick back up at 9:30 Tuesday morning with closing arguments. With the testimony of defendant Bartee completed, the judge left to the jury the choice of whether to resume tomorrow–the day of the Tigers game with Georgia or come back after…

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Bartee’s qualifications under microscope

August 30, 2013

The 10th Circuit’s chief prosecutor, Chrissy Adams, hammered away today at the issues that arose in last year’s civil court squabble over whether James Bartee was ever eligible to run for Sheriff and, if he had won, whether he could have been certified in time to serve. At a hearing where it appeared a ruling…

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