Jury being selected

After some lengthy preliminaries, jury selection is underway in the State’s case against James Bartee. By 12:45 this afternoon, a third juror had been seated. Twelve are needed. Most times, a couple of alternate jurors are also chosen. Bartee, retired Secret Service agent and a candidate last year for Oconee Sheriff, is charged with solicitation to commit a felony.

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Garbage pickup change

West Union announces a change in its garbage pickups this week. Garbage collection that normally takes place Tuesday will take place instead on Thursday this week only, according to Cecelia Atkins, town administrator. Two sanitation workers are on medical leave tomorrow.

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Crimes at Walhalla’s Main and Poplar

The Walhalla police have made an arrest in their investigation of crimes two weekends ago at Main and Poplar. Zachary Richard MacCollister of Golden Leaf Lane has been arrested and charged with attempted burglary and malicious injury to real property. According to Lt. Paul Harris, the police believe MacCollister is the man who tried to burglarize the Double Bubble Car […]

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The Audits gets the assessment he needs

The South Carolina Department of Revenue has provided Oconee County the assessment to be used to calculate what the county’s top taxpayer will owe. The total 2013 assessment as determined by the DOR is $132.5 million, as compared with $132 million in 2012. The increase is offset by state industrial credits and, according to Oconee Auditor Ken Nix, provides a […]

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Bartee bound for courthouse

At 9:30 this morning, James Bartee was approaching the Oconee Courthouse and what’s scheduled to be the start of his trial. The former Sheriff’s candidate is charged with solicitation to commit a felony. Parking spaces are at a premium as they are being taken by this week’s 250-member jury pool.

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Two-car Seneca accident

The police in Seneca report minor injuries this morning in a two-car accident at S. Depot and Daniel Avenue. Lt. Robert Tribble says the driver of a Kia required a trip to the hospital. However, for a brief time, the driver of the second vehicle, a Ford Escape, was temporarily trapped in the wreckage of her car, but she was […]

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Candidates can sign up for council today

Two weeks of qualifying opens at the noon hour today for those interested in running for town council in Salem and the city councils in Walhalla and Westminster. Salem candidates sign up at their town hall. For the first time, those wishing to run in Walhalla and Westminster sign up at the county Registration and Voters Elections Office in Walhalla. […]

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Power line falls near Salem

An electric power line fell to the ground at mid afternoon yesterday near Salem, on the Flat Shoals Road. 96.3/WGOG NEWS learned that to make repairs, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative was forced to cut service to much of the Picket Post/Salem area for about two hours. Oconee Emergency Services made courtesy calls to those in the area requiring special needs […]

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“This card won’t do it.”

In the opinion of a Clemson woman, the state’s effort to devise a card to combat voter fraud is a dollar short—-actually a lot of dollars short. Eleanor Hare says South Carolina simply did not invest enough to come up with a card that can fool a counterfeiter. Hare, a member of the League of Women Voters, applied and received […]

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City Hall hearings tonight!

The Seneca board that regulates the city’s historic and design review districts holds hearings tonight at City Hall. They begin at 5:30 p-m. Jon Sanford seeks a certificate of appropriateness for a project at 410 S. Depot Street. Raymond and Donnie Billingsley seek a certificate at 125 Ramcat Alley.

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