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Bartee: Never asked Blackwell

August 30, 2013

At 9:30 this morning, James Bartee took the witness stand and made it sound from the start that he relished the opportunity to give his side. By 11, he was still answering questions from his lawyer. Indications were the testimony is likely to continue for quite some time. Early on, defense lawyer Brannon asked Bartee if…

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OC under flood warning

August 30, 2013

This morning’s heavy downpour is creating problems on Oconee County roadways. At least one section of highway has been closed. All lanes are now reported back open.  The DOT’s Frank Green blamed what happened on an excessive amount of water in a short time.  In Seneca, Public Works Director Mark Krabbe says, despite a lot…

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What’s up with Streetscape?

August 30, 2013

A private meeting this week of Walhalla City Council about Streetscape is leading to another meeting next week, according to Mayor Danny Edwards. The mayor says the city leaders are talking with representatives of the two companies interested in undertaking the project. At this point, Edwards says, money has not come up. “We’ve been talking…

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Swimmers flock to the pool

August 30, 2013

No arm-twisting was required last night to get youngsters to go for a swim on the first night of the rehabilitated Walhalla Swimming Pool. Kids as young as seven joined teenagers to splash and dive in a pool that appears to look as good as ever, after a major public-private partnership effort to repair the…

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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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