KEEP I-85 WIDENING IN MIND, LAWMAKERS TOLD

An Oconee leader reminded the county’s state lawmakers that the busy traffic artery of Interstate-85 likely will require widening, to meet volumes of traffic both north and south, along with further commercial development along the federal highway. Oakway resident Julian Davis chairs the county council, but he said he spoke last night as an individual. Davis said he realizes that […]

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WATCHDOG GROUP LEADER SPEAKING ON RE-DISTRICTING

A voter watchdog group called last night for South Carolina state lawmakers to resist any attempts to manipulate political boundaries that protects one party over another and keeps certain incumbents in power. Addressing the Oconee Legislative Delegation, Sandra Gray of the League of Women Voters spoke out against the practice of gerrymandering and called for the creation of an independent […]

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HOME FIRE THIS MORNING IN SOUTHERN OCONEE

An address along a rural road between Townville and Crossroads is a fire scene. Shortly before 5 this morning, fire fighters were alerted to a storage building fire on Cody Road that spread to a mobile home. No injuries reported. The location is near the Pine Grove Road. Fire fighters from two Oconee County volunteer departments were called out, as […]

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LOW JOBLESS NUMBERS SUGGEST ROBUST ECONOMY

At the end of 2019, only seven other South Carolina counties carried unemployment rates lower than Oconee County, according to numbers posted today by the Department of Employment and Workforce. Oconee finished December with 2.1% jobless rate and a total workforce of 36 thousand people. The November figure for the county was an even two percent. When unemployment drops under […]

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SENATOR IN GOOD STEAD WITH CAMPAIGN FINANCES

(1/23/20) Graham in good stead with campaign finances The campaign to send Lindsey Graham back to Washington from Oconee for a new, six-year term in the Senate reports the Graham campaign war chest for this political year has sunk a record-breaking $10.3 million in the bank. The campaign announces the following fundraising tallies: (1) The largest amount of money ever […]

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ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE FLOURISHES IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Two of the South’s leading reptile scientists urged South Carolina leaders to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade that is flourishing across South Carolina. Whit Gibbons and Kurt Buhlmann, longtime researchers at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory near Aiken, said South Carolina’s native turtles are among the species that need protection with a stronger state law. […]

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