CU’s SC impact generates Upstate jobs

A new study finds that Clemson University generated about $1.9 billion in economic output for South Carolina last year and its activities accounted for nearly 25 thousand jobs. The Regional Economics Analysis Laboratory at Clemson’s Thurmond Institute conducted the study. In the tri-county region of Oconee, Anderson and Pickens, Clemson’s economic output was nearly $897 million. It generated 13, 315 […]

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Communication tower requested at Mtn. Rest

An Oconee regulatory authority will be asked to rule next week on whether to allow a communications tower at Mountain Rest. The county Board of Zoning Appeals has scheduled a public hearing during its 6 o’clock meeting Tuesday night, February 25 in County Council chambers at Walhalla. Verizon Wireless seeks permission to put up a 240-250’ tower on highway 28 […]

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City Hall to remain closed for lunch

Westminster City Hall will continue to be closed for one hour to allow the office staff a lunch break. The issue has divided one city councilman from the rest of his colleagues. The council last night voted 5 to 1 in favor keeping City Hall closed 1 to 2 o’clock each weekday afternoon. Opposed was first-term councilman Yousef Mefleh, who […]

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Secure trash when traveling the highways

Perhaps as much or more than anyone, Tim Rice can see what’s wrong with today’s Oconee County landscape. Corp. Rice is the full-time environmental services officer for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office and, through him, county law enforcement’s assault on illegal littering is spearheaded. In a program recorded for later airing on 96.3/WGOG, Rice identified two goals today for the Sheriff’s […]

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Seized property on the auction block

Property seized by law enforcement in Oconee, Anderson and Pickens counties is headed for the auction block. The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has announced the auction, to be conducted by Chris Pracht Auctioneers of Anderson, begins today and will last until 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, February 25. The auction is being offered online at www.prachtauction.net and those interested can visit the […]

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DHEC OKs “disturbance permit” at GCCP

The thought of a permit to allow the moving of dirt is a delight to the Oconee County administrator. At last night’s County Council meeting, Scott Moulder announced that DHEC has approved a disturbance permit that’ll help enable Oconee County to proceed with first-phase work at its Golden Corner Commerce Park at Fair Play. According to Moulder, it’s boost to […]

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OC’s auditors render “clean” opinion

Oconee County’s new firm of outside auditors has rendered a clean, or un-modified opinion. And Dave Erwin, one of the auditors, says that’s the best that can be expected. He described as a good experience his firm’s collaboration with the county officials in examining and accounting for the financial records of Oconee County for the government year 2012-2013. “For financial […]

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