A happier holiday

May 23, 2020

Before every holiday, AAA offers safe driving tips and traffic projections — and this year has been no different. “With social distancing guidelines still in practice, this holiday weekend’s travel volume is likely to set a record low,” predicted AAA Travel senior vice president Paula Twidale. That makes a lot of sense. People may want […]

Joining the cause

May 22, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors picked up more support this week when Tri-County Entrepreneurial Development Corporation, an advocate for business development in Oconee County, donated $5,000 to the growing program. “I thought it was a very innovative approach,” TCEDC chairman Dave Eldridge said. “I see it as a way to help the newspaper do a great thing […]

Priorities in Westminster

May 19, 2020

Between the events surrounding COVID-19 and the April 13 tornado, we’ll forgive you if you’ve forgotten our extensive coverage of Westminster’s water woes earlier this year. You may remember Westminster was seeing nearly half of its treated water leaking into the ground, at a cost of nearly half a million dollars to the ratepayers over […]

Let’s all help our neighbors

May 15, 2020

  On Thursday, two front-page stories in The Journal shined a light on the fragile state of the local economy. In Walhalla, 20 businesses are being helped with $300 payments. Westminster is helping another 19 businesses with payments of $350 or $500. That tells us two things. First, 39 small and independent businesses in two […]

Recovery and rebirth

May 13, 2020

Who will ever forget the way Seneca looked one month ago? Homes and commercial buildings were damaged and destroyed, utility poles were snapped, wires were on the ground and roads and even trees were shattered. As the sun came up on April 13, one man was dead in Seneca, 92 homes were destroyed and another […]

Patience is a virtue

May 12, 2020

“Patience is a virtue,” a resort city restaurant menu once read. “Let’s all be virtuous.” COVID-19 restrictions have affected all parts of American society and our economy, including businesses both large and small and the jobs we all rely on. Everything simply came to a stop in March. Now, the country is starting to open […]

A box of rocks

May 8, 2020

Oconee County’s rock quarry has been doing well, selling 900 tons of crushed rock in six hours, while in the past, the county couldn’t sell that much in four days. Times are good at the rock quarry, which is expected to make $1.58 million for the county government this year. That’s a lot of rocks. […]