International trade meeting at Clemson

International trade in ceramic tile is at stake as delegates from 15 countries begin meeting at Clemson University to develop new standards for a building material that is easy to take for granted—yet has covered floors, walls and countertops everywhere. Decisions made at the Madren Conference Center on campus between now and Friday are expected to influence the global tile […]

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Island fire started at camp site

A Pickens County fire department hauled water and fire suppression equipment by boat yesterday to reach an island fire on Lake Keowee near Mile Creek Park. By a quick boat ride, Chief Phil Black says he and other Vineyard Fire Department personnel were able to hold the damage to a half acre on what is a large island. According to […]

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Oconee’s shelter opens for business

After a green ribbon was cut this morning, Oconee’s first shelter for the abused officially went into business. The ribbon-cutting took place at Seneca’s Shaver Recreation Complex because the true location of the shelter is kept secret from general public knowledge, to help ensure the safety of those who go there for protection. It was a ceremony attended by an […]

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NRC to Duke: Let’s talk in Atlanta

Nuclear Regulatory Commission has announced plans for a meeting with Duke Energy to talk about what the government watchdog regards as an apparent violation last year in Unit One at Oconee Nuclear Station. The conference is being arranged Thursday, July 31 at the NRC’s regional offices in Atlanta and apparently is a step in the process in whether Duke will […]

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New website has bells and whistles

What is one week old and already drawing compliments at the office of Oconee Economic Alliance? It’s a new website that offers the world a picture of Oconee County and what it has to offer for industrial site selectors. The Alliance today officially announced InvestOconeeSC.com. But Richard Blackwell, executive director, and his staff say this website has snapshots and information […]

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Theft in parking lot of business

A reward could await you if you can provide information that’ll break the unsolved case of theft last month in the parking lot of a business near Seneca. Someone took a yellow and black pressure washer (7HP 3400 PSI Dealt) during the early morning hours June 15th on the Sandifer Boulevard. Surveillance of what happened shows the male thief placed […]

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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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