Victory for the group Limited Government

November 5, 2014

Almost from the start last night, Jerry Barnett liked the running totals projected onto the computer screen inside the meeting room where the Oconee County votes were tallied. What he liked especially was that, from the start, from the first absentee totals reported the 1-cent addition to the local sales tax seemed doomed for defeat.…

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Honea flinches and winces at Loftis email

November 5, 2014

Fair Play’s Ryan Honea reacted Monday to an email from South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, urging a no vote on any local sales tax proposition. Honea, whose agricultural area would have benefited from passage of Oconee’s 1-cent referendum, decided he would then do some horse trading with Loftis, the state’s purse holder. Honea fired…

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Oconee turns out 46% (20,568 votes)

November 5, 2014

Oconee voters rebelled at the idea of a capital sales project tax. At the same time, they demonstrated a taste for the spirits on the Lord’s Day. Nearly 46% of those eligible cast votes in the 2014 General Election and, in every instance where a Republican met a Democrat, Oconee’s electorate went with the Republican…

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Haley wins re-election; Graham, Scott returned to Senate

November 4, 2014

As of 7:28 PM, with less than 1% of precincts reporting, the lead is too large for challenger Vincent Sheehen, as South Carolina’s first female governor, Nikki Haley, has been re-elected.  Also, South Carolina’s senior senator Lindsey Graham and its junior senator Tim Scott will both return to the US Senate from South Carolina. In…

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Koyo co-op trains for lifelong career

November 4, 2014

Over the next few years, Koyo Bearings in Walhalla will face a dilemma common to manufacturers—filling jobs vacated by senior employees who take with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Kellie Smith, Koyo human resources analyst, says the challenge is to proactively hire a pipeline of qualified employees to succeed them. The departures create…

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“Steady” voting across Oconee County

November 4, 2014

Nearly four hours into voting today, the turnout across Oconee County has been described as steady. The head of Oconee elections, Joy Scharich, said no major problems. Just the usual ones, such as voters waiting until Election Day to get their addresses straight. Still some confusion over where Westminster precinct voters cast their ballots. A…

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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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