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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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. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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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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