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Our guest editorial this week is by Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist, for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.

August 28, 2013
Our guest editorial this week is by Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Specialist, for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a two-part series that discusses the importance of water supply and water quality as congressional purposes for the Savannah River Basin dams and reservoirs. When was the last time you poured a glass of water from the faucet? Do you know where that water came from? If…

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Editorial—-Behind the thinking on where meetings take place

August 27, 2013

An important meeting pertaining to the future of Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Plant take place next week, but you’ll have to go to Atlanta to be present for it. And we have asked the question why. Especially considering that one of the items on the agenda goes to what Duke is doing to prevent or…

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Editorial—Tim Rice is the new (anti) litter man

July 17, 2013

Congratulations to Corp. Tim Rice of the Oconee Sheriff’s Department on his appointment as the county’s new Environmental Services Officer. Sadly, the volumes of litter make this a big job for Rice. Fortunately, Rice will get help, in the form of prison labor who will be asked to pick up debris, a lot of which…

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Editorial—Oconee needs to stand by a strong candidate

July 1, 2013

The distinguished jurist who makes West Union his home will call it a career on December 31, 2014. It’s not that the Hon. Alex Macaulay clamors for the retired life. Rather, as all others in his situation, he must adhere to the state’s mandatory retirement for judges at age 72. Macaulay will celebrate his 72nd…

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Editorial—Senecans get a chance to make their views known

June 25, 2013

In proposing Seneca’s spending plan for a new year, the mayor has described it as a budget not so much for 2013-14 as it is for the future of the children and the grandchildren of today’s adults. In Mayor Alexander’s view, the city must borrow and raise taxes and raise rates to pay for projects…

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Editorial: Manufacturing or tourism? OC can have it all.

June 18, 2013

In front of Oconee County Council recently, a gentleman from Mountain Rest described county government as wrong-headed to think that it can have it both ways. In place of competing with the likes of Greenville to attract manufacturing, the speaker said Oconee would be far better off to zero-in on its potential to expand local…

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Editorial—When there’s a doubt, let the light shine i

June 12, 2013

As The Journal aptly noted in a recent editorial, a May 28 meeting held in the county’s office complex was not advertised to the public. The meeting was held in an informal way by members of two Oconee government authorities who addressed confusion over a lot of the public’s money. Nothing at all illegal about…

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Editorial—We’d have liked to see East End on the list!

June 4, 2013

Projects to improve 17 intersections in South Carolina do not include U-S 123-S-C 130 in Seneca. In our opinion, that’s unfortunate—even if statistics don’t qualify the intersection as begging for safety improvements. The SC DOT is accepting public comment until June 13 on additional projects recommended for the state’s Federal Safety Project Program. We’d like…

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Covidien thinning its OC workforce

May 30, 2013

          Management of a long-running Oconee County manufacturing operation, in preparation of its move to a Central American country, has been reducing its workforce in trickles.  One official tells us, however, he’’s expecting a wave of job terminations soon.                 For displaced workers here, the closing of the Covidien plant at Bountyland…

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Editorial—- Keowee rightfully proud of its school

May 21, 2013

If you spent any time looking at the faces of those who showed to mark 100 years of public education in Oconee County’s Keowee community, you couldn’t help conclude that small schools in small communities still work well. With a student enrollment of 380, as one teacher told us, the teacher-studio ratio is conducive to…

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