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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Fallen tree blocks Walhalla street

A tree that fell late yesterday afternoon temporarily blocked part of a Walhalla street. The fire department and others resorted to blocking N. Church near Broad Street for about one hour while the tree was removed. Last week a large tree fell onto power lines on West Union’s Main Street and created a major outage. But, in this instance, according […]

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25th year for Shining Lights

This is year 25 for the Shining Lights contest, sponsored by the Walhalla Kiwanis Club. In the Walhalla area, Kiwanis will offer awards for the best small residential, large residential, and kids choice. Judging begins at 6 o’clock Friday night, December 19. You don’t have to be present to have your entry judged, but you must be sure lights are […]

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Shoplifting mounts at Seneca store

Tis the season to give and rejoice.  But, at one large store near Seneca, it’s a season for taking.  Shoplifting incidents are mounting at the Seneca Wal-Mart, and Oconee Sheriff’s Office seeks information from the public to catch a man who is suspected of having stolen computers November 29 and again this past Monday.  Deputies are looking for a white […]

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