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Oconee seen as tourist destination

November 21, 2014

An Oconee County councilman envisions his county as a destination for international tourism. And the reason for that, Paul Cain says, are Oconee County’s abundant natural resources—it lakes, its rivers, and its high elevations. Cain made the comments as he spoke to an Oconee Chamber of Commerce committee meeting today in Seneca. Early next year…

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Walter Torres is a young entrepeneur

November 21, 2014

A leader of the Walhalla business community has been honored as Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Greenville. Walter Torres, a graduate of Anderson University, owns Printing Solutions in Walhalla and received a community involvement award presented by the Greater Walhalla Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Building completion next week no longer likely

November 21, 2014

The combination coroner’s headquarters and sheriff’s substation at the Oconee hospital now appears unlikely to be completed by next week, according to a county spokeswoman. There are still a few issues remaining, such as the gutters, electric work, and still no furniture. The parking area is currently being graded. Amanda Brock, speaking for County Administrator…

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October’s job picture in South Carolina

November 21, 2014

Oconee’s jobless numbers in October dropped below the state average. The state saw a slight increase in those who filed claims for being out of work. Oconee’s October figures dropped 0.5% to 6.3%. It was 6.8% in September. According to the Department of Employment and Workforce, South Carolina’s labor force hit an all-time high in…

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Promising prospect for Golden Corner park

November 21, 2014

With his fingers crossed, Paul Cain today expressed confidence that within the next few weeks or a couple of months an Oconee County industrial park will no longer be an empty place. Oconee’s newest and youngest county councilman told a group in Seneca that he and county leaders are confident that an announcement is imminent…

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After 30 years, an observation or two

November 21, 2014

This reporter can still remember the day 30 years ago that I walked into WGOG for the first time as an employee. From the parking lot into the building my legs trembled in anticipation of something new. But the discomfort quickly vanished as I eventually settled into my chosen field—local radio news reporting in a…

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Driver escapes injury

November 21, 2014

A pickup truck overturned last night on a country road near Walhalla. According to reports, the driver in last night’s accident around 8 o’clock on the Busch Creek Road avoided injury. The Walhalla Fire Department and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were among the responders to the accident scene.

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South Carolina now in incipient drought

November 21, 2014

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee has upgraded the drought status to the first level of drought for the entire state. Previously, only nine counties were considered incipient drought. Committee members yesterday recognized the forecast for heavy rain next week, but decided to upgrade the incipient status statewide because they couldn’t ignore several indicators. Rainfalls…

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GOP hopping mad at Obama

November 21, 2014

President Obama’s executive order to spare five million illegals from deportation is being denounced by South Carolina’s U-S senators and the state’s congressional representative from the Third District.  Democrat Obama explained his action, saying he wants to focus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families” is being hailed by members of the Latino communities, but denounced…

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What to do next?

November 21, 2014

The policymakers for Oconee public libraries are going to meet for the first time since the defeat of the 1-cent capital sales project referendum. The next meeting of the library board will allow the trustees to discuss what’s next in their effort to build new libraries and renovate others. The board will meet at 5:30…

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Calendar

  • November 22, 2014Benefit for Mark & Jody Vissage
  • November 22, 2014 7:00 pmThe Miss Walhira Pageant
  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
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