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One man’s view of the 2008 (1-cent) defeat

October 11, 2013
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Why, in 2008, did 56% of the voters say no to paying an extra penny of sales tax to pay for projects that would benefit all of Oconee County? You can ask Keowee Key resident Don Fuller. He has several theories. Fuller is back as a project sales tax commissioner and he gave his colleagues,…

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Gearing up for General Election 2014

October 11, 2013
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A half dozen Oconeeans last night were told to make room on their calendars for a great deal of preparation leading to General Election November 2014. That’s Oconee County’s next opportunity to convince the citizenry of the worthiness of paying an extra penny of sales tax for a project or projects for the public good.…

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Copper taken from WHS construction site

October 11, 2013
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Some time Wednesday night or early Thursday thieves raided the construction project for the new Walhalla High School. Their take amounted to 273 feet of copper—worth more than $2 thousand. Jimmy Watt, spokesman for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office, quotes investigators as saying the theft occurred in a part of the new school building and copper…

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Megachurch closes Oconee County land deal

October 10, 2013
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Property that, for decades, was the location for an Oconee County textile plant is now officially in the hands of a large church. In the last two weeks, records in the county Register of Deeds show that Concord Road, Anderson’s Newspring Church has bought two separate parcels that front both 123 and Lake Hartwell just…

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Georgia “Y” to shutter its doors

October 10, 2013
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In Oconee County, there’s a movement to establish the county’s first YMCA. But in nearby Stephens County, Georgia they’ve thrown their hands ups in despair. WNEG reports this week that the Toccoa-Stephens YMCA will close at the end of the month—for good! The CEO, Robin Dake, says the decision by the board of directors is…

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Tech to add welding booths

October 10, 2013
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A $250 thousand grant from the Applachian Regional Commission will add 24 new welding booths and equipment at Tri-County Tech’s Industrial Technology Center at Sandy Springs. That’s going to allow Tech to expand enrollment for a fast-growing technical program. Until the Industrial Technology Center opened, enrollment was limited to the number of welding booths at…

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Lowering the manufacturing assessment ratio

October 10, 2013
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In recent years, South Carolina homeowners received a tax break when the state increased the tax burden on those who pay sales tax. Now a similar break is in the works for the state’s manufacturers. By lowering the manufacturing assessment ratio from 10.5% to 6%, South Carolina seeks to even the tax field with neighboring…

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Legislation for Oconeeans to get worked up over!

October 10, 2013
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Two staff members of the South Carolina Association of Counties visited Oconee County to preview the legislation that’ll go before the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014. And they spent most of their time at the Oconee Alliance meeting talking about “flow control”—specifically House bill 3290 which they see as a threat to home rule.…

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ACA casts quandary for the low income

October 10, 2013
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Free medical clinics, such as those in Seneca and Clemson, likely won’t see their patient rolls decrease once the national health insurance law takes hold. And that’s an un-expected letdown for Vickie Thompson, the nine-year director of Rosa Clark in Seneca, which serves as Oconee’s only free clinic. “It has been very disappointing to us…

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Two penny sales tax meetings

October 10, 2013
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If you are interested in the prospects for a penny sales tax referendum next year in Oconee County, there are a couple of meetings to choose from tonight. The group that’ll help put together plans for the referendum, the newly-appointed Capital Project Sales Tax Commission, holds an organization meeting at 6:30 tonight in County Council…

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  • April 14, 2014 2:00 pmSpring into the Library at the OCPL’s Westminster Branch
  • April 17, 2014 9:00 amBlue Ridge Bank Bake Sale to Benefit The March of Dimes
  • April 19, 2014 8:00 amBenefit Hot Dog and Yard Sale
  • April 19, 2014 9:00 amOconee County Democratic Party's Breakfast Meeting
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