County to try to find funds for pay raises

At the suggestion of Emma Cammick, chairwoman of the Oconee County Council budget committee, the county will look for funds for pay raises for county workers earning less than $45 thousand a year. But Scott Moulder, county administrator, warned that with the budgetary constraints in place, the money is not going to be easy to find. After hearing a plea […]

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YMCA pursues an alternate location

Representatives of the project to build a Foothills YMCA in Oconee County told a committee of the County Council yesterday they are pursuing an alternate piece of property. Instead of acreage in a wooded area behind the Oconee Memorial Hospital, YMCA leaders would now like to move up on hospital grounds and locate in the vicinity of the EMS building. […]

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Seneca police arrest Greenville murder suspect

After surrounding an apartment, the Seneca police arrested a man identified as a suspect in a Monday homicide in Greenville. The police surrounded Greenfield Apartments yesterday morning and arrested Greenville resident Tarece Lamark Cooks. The police say Cooks arrest took place without incident, though the suspect was armed with a loaded handgun. Earlier the police seized a black Acura which, […]

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Automotive supplier gave Oconee a look, but….

Oconee County got an early look from the automotive supplier that was announced today for Toccoa, Georgia, but Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance said it amounted to an early look only. Blackwell said NIFCO KTW “had their sights on Georgia early on in the process given corporate income tax liabilities due to servicing BMW.” BMW has been identified as […]

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Thorsland gets glowing review

Oconee school trustees approve of the job turned in by Dr. Michael Thorsland, the first-year superintendent. After a closed door meeting last night, the trustees awarded Thorsland a 2% pay raise and extended his contract by another year. When hired last year, Thorsland got a three-year deal and an annual salary of $135 thousand. Trustees’ Chairman Andy Inabinet said that […]

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Lawmakers on one week break from Columbia

Like their counterparts from across the state, Oconee’s state lawmakers are not through with their legislative sessions. They are on a one-week break before having to return to Columbia to take up the still unfinished state budget. Left unfinished so far is something approaching an adequate solution to the need to repair the state’s roads and bridges. Yesterday 96.3/WGOG NEWS […]

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Auto parts maker to locate in Toccoa, Georgia

A German automotive supplier is going to set up shop in Toccoa, Georgia to supply high-quality injection-molded components. An announcement this morning by Governor Nathan Deal says NIFCO-KTW, within the first five years, will create 200 jobs and invest $27 million dollars. The factory is to be the company’s first North American headquarters and in a 130 thousand square foot […]

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Burglars strike Cliffs and Keowee Falls

Burglars stole T-V sets and damaged the recreation center building at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls Golf Course. Oconee sheriff’s officers believe the burglary occurred between 4 and 6:30 yesterday morning. The stolen Sony televisions are worth hundreds of dollars. The burglars broke two lamps and left an estimated $250 dollars damage to the wall.   VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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