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Annexation optics are terrible
February 19, 2018 – 10:59 pm | No Comment

As the city of Clemson continues its planned march into Oconee County, there’s plenty of blame to go ‘round on how we got here.

No winners, only tragedy
February 16, 2018 – 12:25 am | No Comment
No winners, only tragedy | Test

On Wednesday afternoon, a 19-year-old former student pulled a fire alarm at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and began shooting students and staff as they came out into the hallways. By the end of the rampage, 17 people were dead, and more were injured.

Made in Oconee
February 10, 2018 – 12:13 am | No Comment
Made in Oconee | Test

We are accustomed to buying products that were made somewhere else — usually another country.

Celebrating 150 years
January 27, 2018 – 12:18 am | No Comment
Celebrating 150 years | Test

Monday, Jan. 29, marks the 150th birthdays for both Oconee and Pickens counties. The two counties were joined from 1826-1868 in the Pickens District of South Carolina. As work was done to rewrite the state …

Winter weather and patience
January 17, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment
Winter weather and patience | Test

Several years ago an unusual winter storm dumped 6 inches of snow on the Myrtle Beach area.

Closing schools not an easy decision
January 9, 2018 – 12:27 am | No Comment
Closing schools not an easy decision | Test

No doubt school officials in Oconee and Pickens have received some criticism for canceling school Monday because of the threat of icy conditions that didn’t materialize.

Unity is bad?
January 6, 2018 – 12:28 am | No Comment
Unity is bad? | Test

Unfortunately, following the Oconee County Council over the years has at times been akin to watching the soap operas on television.

McMaster’s decision validates local concerns
January 4, 2018 – 10:44 pm | No Comment
McMaster’s decision validates local concerns | Test

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster made a wise choice and validated a courageous December vote by Oconee County Council with his decision not to approve a request for $1.5 billion in hospital bonds to refinance debt of the Greenville and Palmetto health systems.

More visibility needed for mopeds
December 29, 2017 – 9:40 pm | No Comment
More visibility needed for mopeds | Test

The S.C. General Assembly will go back into session next month, and legislators have another opportunity to do something simple and make mopeds more visible to other drivers.

A perfect time to say thanks
December 19, 2017 – 12:26 am | No Comment
A perfect time to say thanks | Test

Each year at this time, I feel compelled to thank so many people for their friendship and kindness, as well as the many public servants who work hard to make our lives better every day. It only seems appropriate to show gratitude for the rich blessings we receive from others throughout the year.

Duke Energy investment good for Oconee
December 14, 2017 – 12:26 am | No Comment
Duke Energy investment good for Oconee | Test

Duke Energy’s recently announced $3 billion investment over 10 years to improve and update its energy grid in South Carolina is good news for the state.

Coming together for community’s children
December 12, 2017 – 10:24 pm | No Comment
Coming together for community’s children | Test

For most of us, it is almost impossible to imagine our own children waking up on Christmas morning without any gifts under the tree.

Good step one
December 6, 2017 – 10:23 pm | No Comment
Good step one | Test

On Tuesday evening, the Oconee County Council found itself in the unenviable position of essentially having to approve or disapprove a massive loan restructuring for the not-a-merger merger between Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health System.

Sharing Christmas joy with a kid
December 1, 2017 – 8:49 pm | No Comment
Sharing Christmas joy with a kid | Test

While the Christmas season is joyful for many of us, it can also be a stressful time — especially for parents who are struggling to make ends meet.