Moulder “put the brakes” on spending

Oconee’s finance director, Mark Pulliam, credited Administrator Scott Moulder today for applying sufficient brakes on spending during the last government year. By applying the brakes, Pulliam said, Oconee finished 2012-13 with a higher fund balance than had been projected. Three out of every four dollars generated for the county are derived from the property tax. But Pulliam tied the economy […]

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OCC “retreats” into relaxed setting

Oconee’s four county councilmen are involved in a day-long strategic planning retreat to assess the past and figure out how to move forward. The retreat meeting is an annual event and, though, held in the council chambers it unfolds without the formalities of official voting meetings. Led by Scott Moulder, the county administrator, the councilmen are hearing reports on the […]

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Dams safe and sound, despite quakes

If you felt the ground shake last weekend, you’re not alone. Many people across the Savannah River Basin and beyond reported tremors during earthquakes February 14 and February 16. However, according to the U-S Army Corps of Engineers, you can rest assured—-the government’s dams are safe and sound. After each quake, a corps team began inspecting the Thurmond, Russell and […]

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Alexander offers new legislation

The Oconee-Pickens state senator, Thomas Alexander, is the lawmaker behind new legislation to create “Senior Trafficking and Exploitation Reform of 2014” in South Carolina. And yesterday, Senator Alexander joined Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell at a Columbia news conference. The bill seeks to deter people who have previously manipulated the system by closing existing loopholes, increasing penalties for those knowingly and […]

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Cracks believed non-earthquake related

Several cracks have been found in a newly-built addition at West-Oak High School, but officials believe they are unrelated to last Friday night’s 4.1 earthquake. Richard Alexander, Oconee School District building official, said today, “We inspected the building with our project Manager and Superintendent from Trehel this past Tuesday. There are several settling/expansion cracks in the new wing but nothing […]

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Elementary students take field trip today

About 220 elementary school students are taking a field trip to Clemson University today to learn more about engineering and science. National leaders link those disciplines to economic prosperity. Students from Clemson and Central elementary schools gather on the second floor of the Hendrix Student Center to work with Play-Doh, learn about robotics and build bridges out of gummy bears […]

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CU’s SC impact generates Upstate jobs

A new study finds that Clemson University generated about $1.9 billion in economic output for South Carolina last year and its activities accounted for nearly 25 thousand jobs. The Regional Economics Analysis Laboratory at Clemson’s Thurmond Institute conducted the study. In the tri-county region of Oconee, Anderson and Pickens, Clemson’s economic output was nearly $897 million. It generated 13, 315 […]

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Communication tower requested at Mtn. Rest

An Oconee regulatory authority will be asked to rule next week on whether to allow a communications tower at Mountain Rest. The county Board of Zoning Appeals has scheduled a public hearing during its 6 o’clock meeting Tuesday night, February 25 in County Council chambers at Walhalla. Verizon Wireless seeks permission to put up a 240-250’ tower on highway 28 […]

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City Hall to remain closed for lunch

Westminster City Hall will continue to be closed for one hour to allow the office staff a lunch break. The issue has divided one city councilman from the rest of his colleagues. The council last night voted 5 to 1 in favor keeping City Hall closed 1 to 2 o’clock each weekday afternoon. Opposed was first-term councilman Yousef Mefleh, who […]

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Secure trash when traveling the highways

Perhaps as much or more than anyone, Tim Rice can see what’s wrong with today’s Oconee County landscape. Corp. Rice is the full-time environmental services officer for the Oconee Sheriff’s Office and, through him, county law enforcement’s assault on illegal littering is spearheaded. In a program recorded for later airing on 96.3/WGOG, Rice identified two goals today for the Sheriff’s […]

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