Trial moves into day five

A civil trial alleging medical malpractice moves into day five today in the Oconee Common Pleas Court. For the defense, more doctors yesterday testified in favor of Dr. Frank Rao, saying the Oconee surgeon, in their review of the medical records, rendered proper care and made correct decisions in treating a 26-year old woman who later died. One of yesterday’s […]

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Illegal taking of bears

A four-year investigation by state authorities has led to the arrests of seven men for illegal black bear activities. DNR officers served warrants across the Upstate charging the seven with the illegal taking of bears such as baiting bear, killing an under-sized bear, killing a bear sow with cubs, trespassing, wildlife land abuse, hunting license violations, distribution of marijuana and […]

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Bartee trial date official: August 26

The published trial docket for this month’s term of Oconee General Sessions Court makes official a trial date for James Bartee, the former Secret Service agent who ran for Sheriff but was arrested. The docket shows Deputy Solicitor David Wagner will call to trial the solicitation to commit a felony case against James Bartee the week of August 26-30. Bartee […]

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Jail request to be filed this morning

Sheriff Mike Crenshaw says he’ll file the county’s official request this morning to build the new jail. Crenshaw says he’ll present the county’s application for a special zoning exception at 9:30 this morning at the Walhalla City Hall. From there, it’s likely to wind up in the hands of the city’s board of zoning appeals.

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For Dr. Rao’s defense

More doctors are giving testimony in defense of Oconee surgeon Frank Rao. An ear, nose, and throat specialist from the Medical University Hospital in Charleston testified today that Dr. Rao rendered the appropriate care to thyroid cancer patient Cassie Sweenor. The patient, 26 years old at the time, developed post-surgery difficulties and was supposed to be air-lifted to MUSC, but […]

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Wait game at the OC Auditor’s Office

Oconee Auditor Ken Nix hopes he’ll be able the night of September 3 to recommend the county’s tax levy for 2013. But it’s all going to depend on how soon the state Department of Revenue delivers its assessment of what Duke Energy will owe to cover its Oconee County holdings for another taxable year. Nix today quoted a state Department […]

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Concrete slab poured for the new high school

  A first floor slab of concrete has been poured at the Walhalla High construction site. It’s to be the floor for the auxiliary gymnasium at the new school. According to Dr. Michael Thorsland, assistant superintendent for operations, weather permitting next week, the builders plan to pour the slab for the competition gym and start a classroom wing.

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Medical specialist testifies

On the Oconee witness stand this morning is a physician specialist from Columbia. Dr. Franklin McMillan, a pulmonary critical care doctor, is testifying for the defense in a trial alleging medical malpractice. The trial pits Elvis Pressley, the father of the late Cassie Sweenor, against Oconee physician Frank Rao. McGuire practices at the Columbia hospital, to which Sweenor arrived by […]

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How the ACA impacts OSD

\Oconee school officials are explaining how a national law making health insurance mandatory will affect part time workers in the public schools. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, says it’s not just substitute teachers, but anyone who does part time work in the schools. He explains in an interview airing today on 96.3/WGOG NEWS.  

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