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Optimistic outlook for the new year
January 1, 2013 – 12:00 am | No Comment

Out with the old, in with the new. That certainly is how we would describe 2013 in Oconee and Pickens counties.

Responsible drivers mean safer roads
December 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | One Comment

Twenty-three people have died in highway accidents in Oconee County in 2012. That is one short of the highest number anyone can remember — 24 in 2007. But Oconee is not alone, there were 823 deaths on South Carolina …

Call your congressman, or grab your wallet
December 28, 2012 – 12:00 am | One Comment

No matter what happens with the “fiscal cliff,” taxes are going up. But, whether the chunk taken out of your paycheck is an inconvenience or a real hardship, depends on the people who represent us in Washington.

Guns in schools? Only in right hands
December 27, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

Local governments are considering serious steps in reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. And, state and federal officials are talking about all kinds of safeguards and policies that may prevent such random killings from happening again …

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa
December 25, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun newspaper. Veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote this in response, penning what has become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

Community made Christmas for Kids
December 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

There is no question in our mind that Christmas really is for kids.

Merry Christmas! It sounds nice
December 21, 2012 – 12:00 am | 7 Comments

We’re encouraged by all the signs — and greetings on the street — of Merry Christmas.

Have faith, jobs are coming back
December 20, 2012 – 12:00 am | One Comment

We have found plenty of reasons in the past few months to believe the economy — in the U.S. and in South Carolina — is about to turn around.

A novel approach to better education
December 19, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

We have heard a lot of bickering lately about how to grade teachers, and how to better educate South Carolina’s students.

Haley snubs Oconee constituents again
December 15, 2012 – 12:00 am | One Comment

If you were one of the people excited about Gov. Nikki Haley’s upcoming visit to Oconee County on Monday, get over it. She’s not coming.

Crenshaw sending out positive vibe
December 13, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

The voters who overwhelmingly supported Mike Crenshaw for sheriff of Oconee County should be pleased.

Swift police work appreciated by all
December 12, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

When a Clemson University student was shot and killed in his apartment this past weekend, it was a chilling event that, at the very least, left residents and students uncomfortable, if not downright afraid.

FOI requests still big problem in SC
December 11, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

We can’t understand what it is about freedom of information that is so difficult to comprehend.

Haley faces interesting decision on DeMint
December 8, 2012 – 12:00 am | No Comment

Jim DeMint prefers to work outside the establishment to push his agenda, and that has left Gov. Nikki Haley with an interesting dilemma — making a decision on appointing his successor.