PRT commissioners make their choices

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 who didn’t get money as […]

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Prosecution rests

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 in his own defense.  

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Lexington motorcyclist files OC lawsuit

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. 28/the Highlands Highway. There, it […]

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SLED agent on the stand

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 the Sheriff’s candidate could remain […]

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Wear it!

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 at a U-S Army Corps […]

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$30 thousand in grants to be awarded today

At a noon hour meeting today, members of Oconee’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission vote to award as much as $30 thousand in grants to organizations that promise to use the funds to promote tourism. The $30 thousand represents what’s available in the fall cycle of county ATAX money. The commissioners’ recommendations go to County Council for final approval.

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State order temporary bridge

The DOT is moving ahead with plans to use a temporary bridge in Pickens County to replace the existing structure on Jones Mill Road over Six Mile Creek near Daniel High School. The bridge was closed the night of August 6 when heavy rains caused a partial collapse. Three days later, Governor Haley signed an emergency declaration to allow the […]

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Bartee friend described as hostile state witness

When the state called to the stand an Atlanta area resident, its purpose appeared to have been to have the witness testify about 14 phone calls that he received from Nick Blackwell, the man who law enforcement equipped with a wire to record Blackwell’s conversation with James Bartee. Much of what Joseph Allen Milbert had to say about Bartee amounted […]

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“Hey, Bartee is trying to get me to kidnap….”

In four hours’ testimony, Nick Blackwell said that during Seneca Fest he was approached by James Bartee about kidnapping a judge. A little later, Blackwell testified yesterday, another Bartee supporter handed him a card with the name Jimmy Williams and Williams’ address. Blackwell took the stand at 3 yesterday afternoon and remained there until 7 last night, as the prosecution’s […]

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