Old St. John’s getting finishing touches

 The project manager for Old St. John’s in Walhalla, Frank Strickland, has begun the finishing touches on what once was a church and is now being transformed into a meeting house and wedding chapel. The deconsecrated Episcopal church occupies a corner spot on property at Kaufman Square—the Walhalla Depot and community grounds. “Basically,” he said, “Duke Energy has installed a […]

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Seneca, Birmingham, and “The March” remembered

Governor Nikki Haley issues a proclamation today to designate “Let Freedom Ring Day.” The governor encourages South Carolinians to recognize and honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s dedication to improving society by ringing bells across the state at 3 this afternoon. Last night, at the Seneca Library, about 15 people gathered for a program to remember the March on Washington 50 […]

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Agent who wired C-I testifies

A federal law enforcement officer who wired a confidential informant to record a conversation with James Bartee testified for the prosecution to finish day one of the trial in the Oconee General Sessions Court. Because of the nature of the officer’s undercover duties, the court has requested media covering the trial not to identify the officer by name. Besides equipping […]

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Public safety checkpoint in OC

The Anderson City Police and officers from other law enforcement agencies will conduct a public safety checkpoint tomorrow in Oconee County. It’s part of the annual Hands Across the Border Campaign. Chief Jim Stewart said officers will not look for specific violations during the checkpoint, but will inspect motor vehicles to verify that the drivers comply with all applicable South […]

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A TV news interview to be played for jury

LaDonna Beeker, Paul Harris, David Smith, and James Singleton are among this afternoon’s witnesses for the prosecution in the Oconee County trial of James Bartee. And around 3 o’clock this afternoon the courtroom was being prepared for the playback of a Fox 21 interview with then candidate for sheriff Bartee. This week’s trial has the potential for as many as […]

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“I expect to be back soon…”

“I expect to be back soon once the procedure and recovery period are over,” says Dr. Mike Lucas as the Oconee superintendent of education prepares for a heart valve replacement. Lucas released the following statement to reporters on the announcement that he’s taking medical leave of one to two months: “It seems I have a congenital defect of my aortic […]

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Certificates approved in Seneca!

A regulatory board in Seneca has said yes to a couple of improvement projects. The Board of Architectural Review approved certificates of appropriateness for last night’s two applicants. One of them involved the home of 410 S. Depot Street home of city planner Tamy Sanford. The other is 125 Ramcat Alley, an application by Raymond and Donnie Billngsley.  

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Judge makes ruling on pre-trial motions

Law enforcement’s wired recording of a conversation between James Bartee and Nicholas Blackwell outside Bartee’s home is admissible by the judge’s ruling today. Also, according to Judge Lawton McIntosh, the transcript of that recording is to be allowed as evidence. The defense side had objected. Bartee lawyer Douglas Brannon said law enforcement refers to Blackwell as a confidential informant, but […]

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Heart procedure ahead for Lucas

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 in Lucas’s absence.  

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