A TV news interview to be played for jury

August 27, 2013
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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…

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“I expect to be back soon…”

August 27, 2013
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“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…

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Certificates approved in Seneca!

August 27, 2013
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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…

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Judge makes ruling on pre-trial motions

August 27, 2013
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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…

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Heart procedure ahead for Lucas

August 27, 2013
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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…

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Williams said he wanted to avoid a disaster

August 27, 2013
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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…

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  • April 14, 2014 2:00 pmSpring into the Library at the OCPL’s Westminster Branch
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