Williams said he wanted to avoid a disaster

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 witness not only because of […]

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Prosecutor: Bartee asked Blackwell to kidnap Williams

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, defense attorney Douglas Brannon, this […]

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Shelter project qualifies for $100K match

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 $100 thousand raised. The Oconee […]

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If and when it gets built, according to Moulder

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 cost more. The Oconee County […]

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The costs to expand bus service

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 $700 thousand and $1 million […]

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Cottingham House third phase

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, spacious family dining room, full […]

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Jury selected for testimony to begin

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 prosecution’s first witness is to […]

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UPDATE from the courtroom

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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Company “could be huge”

Oconee County is endeavoring to reel in an apparent game-changer when it comes to economic development. At the Walhalla Rotary Club, County Administrator Scott Moulder said today the county expects to know within 30 days if it’ll be the choice of company with interest in the county’s Industry and Technology Park—formerly known as Echo Hills. Moulder said because of ongoing […]

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