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Georgia “Y” to shutter its doors

October 10, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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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Rogers headed back to the Red Cross

October 10, 2013

Autumn 2013 a busy time for Walhalla’s Kathy Rogers. She has just been elected vice chair of her city’s Board of Zoning Appeals. And if she’s successful in a winning a seat next month on city council, she’ll be required to step down from the board that acts as judges of zoning appeals. In the…

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Child day care request postponed

October 10, 2013

No decision yet on whether a child day care facility may operate out of a home at Walhalla’s 40 Blueberry Court. Because of illness, applicant Kim Jackson missed yesterday’s public hearing at City Hall. Jackson was represented by Wanda Hopkins, but Board of Appeals Chairman Francis Guldner and other board members said they would prefer…

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Nancy Morgan returns to the chair’s seat

October 10, 2013

Nancy Morgan finds herself back as chair lady of the Walhalla Board of Zoning Appeals. It’s a responsibility she filled previously in her years of service. The board, recently infused by new membership, held office elections last night at City Hall. Morgan succeeds Francis Guldner as chair. Kathy Rogers fills vice-chair—the position Morgan held. Morgan…

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John Fields to play “Elbow Grease” barber

October 10, 2013

Oconee County resident John Fields practices law. He has served as a Seneca councilman and mayor. This morning Fields will lend himself to acting. Sources involved with the “Elbow Grease” movie now shooting in Seneca and parts of Oconee say arrangements have been made for Fields to act as the barber for a scene to…

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