“Pulling the rope the same direction”

On a day when the state reports Oconee’s jobless rate has dropped to 5.5%, the county’s chief  economic development recruiter gave an upbeat report of what has been accomplished and what’s likely to be in the pipeline for the rest of 2016.  Richard Blackwell gave credit to Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent of education, and to 10 top industrial members […]

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Alliance directors told economic development additions on the way

  The hottest potential economic development projects for Oconee remain code-named until the final details are decided, but the board  for the county’s Economic Alliance  received assurance from its executive director today that at least two of the six are assured.  For general public information, the two are called “Hawk” and “Laser.”  Incentive inducements are being worked out at the […]

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Graham deplores Russian bombing in Syria

Far from thrilled by the Presidential nominees on this year’s ballot, Senator Lindsey Graham said no matter who wins, he’ll soldier on to help the next President defeat or contain America’s enemies.  But the Republican U-S senator in Seneca yesterday reserved criticism for Democratic President Obama for Obama’s handling of the fighting in Syria.  Graham deplores Russian airstrikes, originating from […]

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Campers flock to Oconee County’s parks

  During the government year that ended June 30, Oconee’s three county parks registered a whopping 29-hundred increase in campsite rentals.  The numbers translate to a 32% overall increase.  South Cove near Seneca accounts for the largest increase.  The surge means nearly $71,000 more in direct revenue.  Phil Shirley, the director of parks, recreation and tourism, credits enrollment in the […]

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Graham not worried about next election

In spite of a poll that reported his popularity sinking, Lindsey Graham says he’s not all worried about holding onto his Senate seat.  The U-S senator on a visit to his home Oconee County today did not hesitate when asked if he’ll run for another term in office.  “Absolutely,” was his reply when asked by 101.7/WGOG NEWS.  Graham was an […]

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Foundation to help Oconee public safety responders

Oconee Sheriff Mike Crenshaw and U-S Senator Lindsey Graham are creating a foundation to help the county’s public safety responders.  Graham made the announcement at a luncheon today to honor police, fire fighters and other emergency responders.  Seneca’s New Haven Baptist Church, with the help of restaurants, treated the public safety responder community to a luncheon and speakers who imparted […]

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Feds grant Duke Energy a new license

Duke Energy has a new license with which to operate its Keowee-Toxaway hydro-electric project.  According to an announcement made by Jack Lewis, president of “FOLKS”—Friends of Lake Keowee—five years’ work on the part of 17 stakeholders culminated yesterday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a new, 30-year license.  Lewis said approval of the new license was communicated yesterday […]

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Drought declared in additional South Carolina counties

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status for 17 counties in the state. Fourteen counties were upgraded to “incipient,” the first level of drought: Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Darlington, Lee, Florence, Dillon, Marion, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Beaufort and Jasper. Three counties were upgraded to “moderate,” the second level of drought: McCormick, Greenwood, and Edgefield.  Oconee, Pickens, Anderson, […]

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