Editorial—U-S Forest Service report is sobering

January 2, 2013

Every ten years federal law requires the Forest Service to assess natural resource trends. The one just issued projects a significant loss of forest land to suburbanization and fragmentation. To our Oconee County mind, they are hard words to understand. But the bottom line meaning to all of us who care about the forests is…

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Oconee in position to swing an elbow or two

December 27, 2012

The rise of State Senator Thomas Alexander of Walhalla to chair of the South Carolina Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry should add clout for Oconee’s chances to land a major employer. Because right across the State House lobby, of course, the chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee is none other…

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

December 17, 2012
Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’sSun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other…

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Editorial—-Treasure trove of history

December 11, 2012

Oconee Heritage Center, the Cherokee Museum, and Patriot’s Hall are all places in a row to stop for those interested in local and area history. But you can sort of say the same about the Oconee Courthouse. Only about 10 years old, the courthouse and its lobby area have become a place to glimpse at…

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Editorial—Christmas present in the form of Sanctuary Pointe

December 4, 2012

Maybe, just maybe, Santa will leave something special beneath the collective Christmas tree for Oconee County. It could be the signing of an agreement that, at last, will make true the prospects for a valuable piece of public land at the Lake Hartwell end of Oconee County. In recent years, the project has been known…

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Editorial—-Dedicated “CAT” stops

November 27, 2012

Clemson Area Transit provides a great service to Seneca and other parts of Oconee by offering dependable bus passenger service—at no charge. And it will continue that service, perhaps, expanding it to the Walhalla and Westminster areas some day, unless the federal government falls off the financial cliff. The re-election of the Obama-Biden ticket is…

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Editorial—-The Coroner’s case for a morgue

November 9, 2012

Death and taxes have long been the only two certainties of life. It may well come to be, at some point in the future, Oconeeans will pay more to leave this world for the hereafter. In recent years, the coroner has begun to call for the establishment of a county morgue. At times, when it…

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Editorial—-Be Sure to Vote

October 31, 2012

Regardless of how weary this election year has been, all eligible voters should be sure they cast their votes. And this applies, especially to Oconee County voters. They thought they were going to decide a lot of local races in June, but the cancellation of the Republican primary simply pushed most things to November. And,…

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Editorial—-50 year at West Union

October 3, 2012

Oconee County and the employees who work there can be grateful to the large manufacturing complex in West Union that marks 50 year of business this month. The plant known for its electric meters originated in 1962 under the shield of Illinois’s Sangamo Electric Company and today is operated by Itron of Washington State. In…

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Editorial— “Drop, Cover and Hold on” October 18

September 27, 2012

Earthquakes are not an uncommon occurrence in South Carolina. That’s a statement everyone should always keep in mind, especially this time of the year when we practice what to do in the event of the unthinkable. According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the state experiences numerous minor earthquakes annually. Most of them are…

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