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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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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