Blackwell responds to call for “net jobs” info

March 20, 2015

At this week’s meeting of Oconee County Council, a citizen during public comment registered a call for an explanation from the county’s chief recruiter for economic development. Richard Blackwell of Oconee Economic Alliance says he was listening and today provided information about how announcements of promised jobs square with jobs lost to layoffs or plant…

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April announcement ahead for Oconee economic projects

March 20, 2015

The secrecy surrounding an Oconee economic development project code-named “Project Mold” will be lifted in early April, according to an announcement made today by the director of the county’s Economic Alliance.  Richard Blackwell predicted that Oconee County Council will give final reading to the project April 7 and it’s likely an official announcement will follow…

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Pre-trial hearing for co-defendant Cobb

March 20, 2015

A magistrate has decided there’s probable cause to bind over the state’s case against a second defendant, Andy Steve Cobb, in the stabbing death in January of Jeremy Little in Walhalla. Cobb, charged with accessory after the fact, appeared alongside his attorney, for a pre-trial hearing before Magistrate Will Derrick. Cobb’s attorney, Suzanne Earle, argued…

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Michelin decision delayed until 2015 second quarter

March 20, 2015

Whether Michelin builds a distribution center in Oconee County will be a decision to be announced during the months of April, May or June. Richard Blackwell, executive director of Oconee Economic Alliance, continued a tone of optimism today for the prospects of Michelin locating in the Golden Corner Commerce Park. But he told the alliance…

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Court ruling upholds South Carolina’s open primaries

March 20, 2015

IndependentVoting.org applauds a decision this week that dismissed a lawsuit by the Greenville Republican Party seeking to close South Carolina’s system of open primary voting. After the state party withdrew from the case, the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit decided that the Greenville Republicans did not have standing. According to IndependentVoting.org—a national association…

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Prescribed, or controlled, burnings called essential

March 20, 2015

The prescribed, or controlled, burns that turned sunny Oconee County days this week into a maze of grey may be annoying, but they are considered essential for the stewardship of natural resources and the protection of lives and property. At the request of state, federal and non-government land management organizations, Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed…

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  • July 31, 2015 5:00 pmChristmas in July to support Heath's Haven
  • July 31, 2015 7:00 pmConservation Theory in Concert
  • July 31, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • August 2, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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