Blue Ridge Bank backs 9/11 Memorial

 Blue Ridge Bank has become the first Upstate financial institution to make a significant contribution toward the building of a 9/11 Memorial in Oconee County. And the bank made the contribution citing the impact the 9/11 attacks had on the banking industry. During a ceremony at Blue Ridge’s Bountyland office, CEO Glenn Buddin and President Jo Ann Bryson presented 9/11 […]

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Balancing the job gain report

“Things are paying off,” says Richard Blackwell, the chief economic development recruiter for Oconee County. He told the planning commission last night of a gain of 276 jobs in six months—the most since pre-recession year 2007. But Blackwell fielded a challenge to his report from David Lyle, planning commission chairman. Noting the loss of jobs at the Covidien plant near […]

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The push to diversify tax base

Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance agreed with Ryan Honea of the Oconee Planning Commission that it’s of great importance for the county to push job creation. They agreed last night that the push to attract new jobs to the county is especially important to diversify the tax base—especially if Duke Energy eventually phases out its power-generation projects in […]

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Housing need identified

Oconee’s chief economic development recruiter says as the county goes about creating jobs, it’s nearly as important to ensure that those people who gain those jobs have adequate housing. Affordable housing was a chief topic last night as Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance made a presentation to the Oconee Planning Commission. Planning commissioner Bozo Richards sought to find out […]

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Fire on Lake Keowee island

A large brush fire has broken out on an island in upper Lake Keowee. According to Charlie King, Oconee Fire Chief, the fire is on an island at the South Carolina 11 bridge connecting Oconee and Pickens counties. Within the last few minutes, fire fighters from Pickens County’s Vineyards fire station reached the area by boat and are beginning to […]

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Field set at two candidates

The field of candidates is set for a special election in West Union. At the qualifying deadline today, the field remained two candidates: Doug Moore of Schroder Street and Chad Thomas of n. highway 11. They will meet September 9 to determine who fills the council seat left open by the recent resignation of Danny Cappelen.

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Attorney General Office opinion

Oconee Treasurer Greg Nowell says an opinion from the state’s legal beagles is an opinion on the side of the county’s taxpayers. Nowell commented today on that long-awaited opinion on whether it’s proper for him to deposit taxes and late penalties into the general county treasury without divvying out a portion of those collections to the county’s public schools. As […]

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Event to honor Vietnam War era veterans

A special event to recognize South Carolina’s Vietnam War era veterans takes place next month in Columbia, and all interested veterans and their guests are invited. The ceremony is being arranged by U-S Senator Tim Scott for 10 o’clock Saturday morning, August 2 at the First Baptist Church of Columbia. Keynote speaker will be Medal of Honor recipient James Everett […]

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Back porch fire near Seneca

A malfunction, apparently inside the relief valve of a propane tank grill, could have led to a July 4 weekend tragedy near Seneca. The fire department credits the homeowner last night on Alberts Road with quick action in limiting the fire to the back porch of the home. According to fire fighter Fabian Skelton, the fire could have easily spread […]

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Bat disease jumps from the mountains to the midlands

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources recently received confirmation that white-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a tri-colored bat in Richland County. It’s a disease that has killed millions of bats in east North America. Previously, the only known cases of the disease in South Carolina had been found in the mountain counties of Oconee and Pickens. While the […]

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