Air base remains safe for now

The Coast Guard’s Air Facility in Charleston will stay open until at least January 1, 2016. Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham made a joint announcement that the provision continuing operation of the facility was included in the Coast Guard Authorization Act—which Congress passed and sent to President Obama. In October, the Coast Guard announced it would close air facilities […]

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A way to check your ancestry

Oconee Public Library now features the Ancestry.com Library Edition database for genealogy research. According to Blair Hinson, branch services librarian, Ancestry.com is a well-recognized, comprehensive resource for researching family history. The database is free for library users through the public Internet computers and can also be used on users’ own devices through the library’s Wi-Fi access. Hinson invites Oconeeans to […]

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Jobs lost to China

America’s trade deficit with China has cost the U-S more than three million jobs, including 44,700 in South Carolina. A study released by the Economic Policy Institute ranks South Carolina 15th in the country. The study found that every congressional district except one has lost net job opportunities since 2001 when China joined the World Trade Organization.

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Gridiron fans fly into Oconee airport

For this year’s grudge match between the Tigers and the Gamecocks, fans flocked to the game by air. The Oconee Regional Airport near Clemson reported a busy day. So many planes that the airport approached the point of having no space to park them. Kevin Short, airport director, reported 44 planes arrived for the game, the county sold lots of […]

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Support for spending bill crossed party lines

Some Democrats parted with President Obama in the vote to approve a spending bill to keep the government running. Votes by some Republicans helped pass the $1 trillion measure. But the Third District Congressman voted no. Republican Jeff Duncan conceded the bill contains several good reforms, but he said, “I voted against the legislation because it did not do enough […]

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Nationwide search leads to new airport director

 An out of state municipal airport director will become the new director of the Oconee Regional Airport. The choice of Sam Carver of Slidell, Louisiana was confirmed yesterday by Oconee County Administrator Scott Moulder and formally announced during last evening’s meeting of the county Aeronautics Commission. Randy Renz, commission chairman, said Carver was the top choice from among “five really […]

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Cottage development facing fine

At a meeting today in Columbia, an Oconee County home project faces a penalty potential for violating the state’s swimming pool regulations. The staff of the Department of Health and Environmental Control recommends that its governing board assess an $800 dollar fine against the Pier at Clemson, a Lake Hartwell cottage home development, for failure to keep chlorine and pH […]

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“Things looking pretty good”–Yandle

An area economist’s take on the country’s financial condition is that “things are looking pretty good.” Dr. Bruce Yandle gave one of his economic forecasts to today’s well-attended business forum of the Oconee Economic Alliance. He coupled what he sees ahead with a review of current conditions. And, in a reference to the Great Recession of 2008, Yandle said “the […]

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