OC re-ups with the NGA

Oconee County is planning to help welcome back next spring a National Golf Association qualifying tournament to Seneca’s Cross Creek golf course. Phil Shirley, director of Oconee’s PRT, says it is part of a running contract with the NGA. At Shirley’s request, the county Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission today allocated$5 thousand dollars to the NGA as its share of […]

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Blessing for merger to be asked Tuesday

The idea of two becoming one in Oconee County circles is being pursued to enhance the county’s economic development. And next week the County Council is to receive a presentation from its administrator and the chairman of the public-private Oconee Alliance. We spoke today to Alliance Chairman Robert Halfacre: “We’re actually going in front of County Council this Tuesday, hopefully […]

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9-11 memorial to serve dual purpose

If Jim Alexander and other volunteers call pull of their project, Oconee’s 9-11 Memorial will serve a dual purpose. Just to the north side of the new Walhalla High construction project, the memorial is to feature actual debris and other material from the locations where the U-S was attacked September 11, 2001—provided a $50 thousand fundraising goal is met. In […]

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Blackwell: “Perfectly happy here”

Oconee’s economic development director put aside any speculation today that he might be interested in returning to his former employer. Richard Blackwell assumed his job at the Oconee economic development office after having worked for the South Carolina Upstate Alliance, headquartered in Greenville. The Upstate Alliance is undergoing a re-organization after the resignation of its director, Hal Johnson. So, when […]

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Hiring event tomorrow in Anderson

A hiring event takes place tomorrow morning in Anderson. Conducted by the South Carolina Worklink, this chance to meet prospective employers is designed for those looking for work from Oconee, Anderson, and Pickens counties. The event will run 9 a-m to noon at Tri-County Technical College’s Anderson campus, 511 Michelin Boulevard. Employers will be there to screen applications and resumes, […]

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Low enrollment for health insurance

Congressman Jeff Duncan is decrying the low enrollment numbers for Obamacare. In a statement, the Third District Republican said, “The White House’s announcement that only 100,000 people have signed up for insurance through the healthcare exchanges proves what many Americans have been saying all along: that this law is bad for our nation.”  

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Temporary bridge opened in Pickens County

The South Carolina DOT opened a temporary bridge yesterday afternoon to replace the existing, damaged section on Jones Mill Road over Six Mile Creek in Pickens County near Daniel High School. The DOT uses temporary bridges because they save money by reconnecting motorists sooner than if they had to spend time and fuel on detours while awaiting a permanent replacement. […]

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Estimate: SCAG opinion 2-3 weeks off

The Oconee Treasurer and the county School District may have to wait only a few more weeks before the State’s opinion is ready on whether the district must receive a share of annual fees and penalties associated with county tax payments. Two months ago County Treasurer Greg Nowell, when challenged by the public schools, announced he would request an opinion […]

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Missionary hears from wife in the Philippines

An Oconee County-based missionary breathed a sigh of relief today on hearing from his wife in the Philippines, for the first time since a typhoon hit. Billy Owens, missionary for Unity Baptist Church, married a Philippine. By phone this morning, she told him she is OK—though she barely escaped injury or death. Unity Baptist Church member Carol Ramey says the […]

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Fire hydrants in the middle of Main? Why not?

The Walhalla fire chief is thinking out of the box when it comes to Streetscape. Chief Doug Kelley has confirmed he has approached utilities superintendent Scott Parris with the idea of re-locating Main Street fire hydrants to the median, as part of the re-make of a four-block section downtown. Preliminary to converting Main Street, from Ann to Tugaloo to two […]

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