Oconee turns to Atlanta developer

The expiration of Michelin’s option for Golden Corner Commerce Park has sent Oconee County in a new direction for development of the highway 59 park.  County Council last night approved an ordinance that revives the possibility of a land swap with Patillo Industrial Real Estate.  Patillo has shown interest in developing a spec building at Golden Corner.  

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One dead, four hurt in Oconee accident

  Coroner Karl Addis says a Utica man, Tommy Edward Roach, died at the Oconee Memorial Hospital of  injuries from yesterday’s two-car accident on U-S 123 at Jacobs Road—across from Paws Diner.  Roach was 66 years old.  According to state troopers, the 2013 Chevy Malibu driven by Roach left a private drive and collided with a 2010 Toyota Corolla driven […]

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Lizzie Mae Murphy Davis Grant

Lizzie Mae Murphy Davis Grant, 93, wife of the first late Robert Luther Davis, and second of the late Leonard Grant, of 152 Davis Road, Tamassee, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016, at GHS Cottingham Hospice House. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at […]

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Easement needed before project to bid

“We are going to camp out down there.”  That’s how the general manager of the Pioneer Rural Water District describes his determination to secure the final intake easement required before Pioneer may call for bids to build the treatment plant at the Golden Corner Commerce Park.  Terry Pruitt relayed to his board of directors the importance of the last needed […]

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Accident UPDATE

Traffic is moving slowly on 123 between the Food Lion intersection and Paws Restaurant. Shortly before 2:15 this afternoon, two small cars collided and one of the injured occupants had to be extricated from the wreckage.  Grahl Haney of Oconee Emergency Services says both cars wound up in the median.

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Studying the loons of Lake Jocassee

A few weeks ago a leading loon field researcher came to Lake Jocassee to lay the groundwork for an upcoming study. According to Mountain Lakes CVB, the international citizen science group, Earthwatch, next year will begin a 3-year loon research program at Jocassee.  Scientists want to study how the health and behavior of loons wintering in a pristine, uncontaminated winter […]

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PMPA group to press the flesh in Washington

A group representing Piedmont Municipal Power Agency makes its annual trek early next week to Washington, D-C.  Coleman Smoak, PMPA general manager, says this trip allows board members and others to catch up on various issues at the federal level that are important to the delivery of electric power to the 10 cities, including Westminster, who form the PMPA membership.  […]

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In excess of 100 thousand young people voted

An Oconee election observer last Saturday said he saw young people on their way by foot to one of the polling places.  And now a research and information center says more young voters cast votes in South Carolina’s Republican Presidential primary than the Democratic one.  That’s a first, according to an analysis by a non-partisan research center on youth engagement […]

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