New website has bells and whistles

July 8, 2014

What is one week old and already drawing compliments at the office of Oconee Economic Alliance? It’s a new website that offers the world a picture of Oconee County and what it has to offer for industrial site selectors. The Alliance today officially announced InvestOconeeSC.com. But Richard Blackwell, executive director, and his staff say this…

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Theft in parking lot of business

July 8, 2014

A reward could await you if you can provide information that’ll break the unsolved case of theft last month in the parking lot of a business near Seneca. Someone took a yellow and black pressure washer (7HP 3400 PSI Dealt) during the early morning hours June 15th on the Sandifer Boulevard. Surveillance of what happened…

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Blue Ridge Bank backs 9/11 Memorial

July 8, 2014
Blue Ridge Bank backs 9/11 Memorial

 Blue Ridge Bank has become the first Upstate financial institution to make a significant contribution toward the building of a 9/11 Memorial in Oconee County. And the bank made the contribution citing the impact the 9/11 attacks had on the banking industry. During a ceremony at Blue Ridge’s Bountyland office, CEO Glenn Buddin and President…

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Balancing the job gain report

July 8, 2014

“Things are paying off,” says Richard Blackwell, the chief economic development recruiter for Oconee County. He told the planning commission last night of a gain of 276 jobs in six months—the most since pre-recession year 2007. But Blackwell fielded a challenge to his report from David Lyle, planning commission chairman. Noting the loss of jobs…

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The push to diversify tax base

July 8, 2014

Richard Blackwell of the Oconee Economic Alliance agreed with Ryan Honea of the Oconee Planning Commission that it’s of great importance for the county to push job creation. They agreed last night that the push to attract new jobs to the county is especially important to diversify the tax base—especially if Duke Energy eventually phases…

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Housing need identified

July 8, 2014

Oconee’s chief economic development recruiter says as the county goes about creating jobs, it’s nearly as important to ensure that those people who gain those jobs have adequate housing. Affordable housing was a chief topic last night as Richard Blackwell of the Economic Alliance made a presentation to the Oconee Planning Commission. Planning commissioner Bozo…

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  • January 23, 2015Walhalla Civic Auditorium Presents Southern Fried Nuptials
  • February 1, 2015 10:00 amShellem Cline at Bethel Baptist Church Singing
  • February 5, 2015 5:30 pmWalhalla High School's Freshman Focus Parent Night
  • February 5, 2015 7:00 pmHoly Spirit Encounter Conference
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