Juror: “We were shocked”

October 6, 2014

A juror tells 96.3/WGOG NEWS that she and her fellow jurors were shocked when the judge told them their verdict would not be needed.  Phyllis Johnson said the jury had weighed the testimony and other evidence for three weeks and was prepared to award the plaintiffs damages.  And, Johnson said, the damages would have been…

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Courtroom to be transformed

October 4, 2014

Oconee’s top floor courtroom, the scene of a three-week civil trial that ended Friday, will be transformed Monday morning to accommodate the lawyers and parties for another civil case which could take two weeks to try. Plateau Excavation against Oconee County and others is categorized as “complex” litigation and pairs a contractor against a county,…

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In the end, jury verdict not needed

October 4, 2014

Most civil lawsuits are settled pre-trial, but the end to a major Oconee County case occurred Friday night practically simultaneous with the jury’s verdict. In the case alleging medical malpractice by a nursing home near Seneca, the verdict was never announced. Instead, at 7:30, plaintiff’s lawyer Gary Poliakoff walked into the courtroom holding a one-page…

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Surprise ending to trial

October 3, 2014

A surprise ending to the Oconee Common Pleas Court trial in Walhalla.  Just as a court officer announced the jury had reached a verdict, a lawyer for the plaintiff said both sides had reached a settlement and there would be no verdict.  The settlement entered on the record is a confidential financial agreement, and parties…

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Three more drug arrests

October 3, 2014

Three more arrests have been made in the Oconee Sheriff’s Office “Operation Infinity” drug sweep. According to the Sheriff’s Office announcement, the latest to be arrested are Bobby Allen Whitfield, 35, of Walhalla, charged with distribution of marijuana; Richard Wayne Hendricks, 26, of Seneca, charged with distribution of methamphetamine; and Dechane Foster Earle, 23, of…

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Organizers say fair on as scheduled

October 3, 2014

“We are on schedule to open at 4 o’clock!”  Stanley Gibson says despite today’s rain, Friday evening activities, all of them, are on schedule at the Foothills Heritage Fair at the fairgrounds on highway 123 near Westminster.  Gibson says, “Looking forward to everybody coming out.”  One piece of advise is leave those Sunday shoes at…

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Calendar

  • December 21, 2014 10:30 amWelcome Wesleyan Church Holiday Meal Giveaway
  • December 23, 2014 5:30 pmA Laidback Candlelit Service
  • December 24, 2014 6:00 pmChristmas Eve Worship
  • February 7, 2015 7:00 pmRelay for Life of Oconee Fundraiser
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