Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority Director Bob Winchester presents Oconee County Council Chairman Joel Thrift with a $960,000+ check on Friday, June 20, 2014.  These funds will be utilized to expand sewer infrastructure in Southern Oconee County and the Golden Corner Commerce Park, near the I-85 Corridor. 


Pictured, from left are: Mr. Reg Dexter, DX V; Mr. Paul Cain, DX III; Mr. Joel Thrift, Chairman, DX IV; and Mr. Bob Winchester OJRSA Director.

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New Council Member Paul A. Cain, District III Representative

was sworn into office prior to the June 3, 2014 Council meeting.

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Please be advised, SC Governor Nikki Haley signed a statewide ban on texting on Monday, June 9, 2014 which supersedes Oconee County's Ordinance 2014-07  "AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH THE OFFENSE, EXCEPTIONS, DEFINITIONS, AND PENALTIES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING IN OCONEE COUNTY; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO". 

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Oconee County Ranked 27th

Top Performing Micropolitan

 (SENECA, S.C.) – March 25, 2014 –Oconee County, South Carolina has been named one of the top micropolitan areas in the United States.

According to Site Selection Magazine’s 2014 list of top micropolitans, the Seneca micropolitan is ranked 27th out of the 576 micropolitan areas in the nation as identified by the US Census Bureau. Micropolitan areas are considered non-urban communities anchored by a town of no more than 50,000 people. The prestigious magazine based their results on the number of economic development projects in the area during the 2013 year.

“Our community had one of the most active economic development years in 2013 with six total project announcements and of those, four qualified for this ranking,” said Richard K. Blackwell, executive director of the Oconee Economic Alliance. “This is further evidence that this is a great place to live, work, play and invest.”

This isn’t the first time Oconee County has been recognized as a top micropolitan.  In 2012, the Seneca micropolitan was ranked 45th.

Site Selection is an award-winning economic development magazine that delivers expansion planning information to thousands of corporate executives, facility planners and site selectors of rapidly growing firms across the nation.

“This speaks volumes for Oconee County and something to celebrate,” stated Glenn Buddin, Chairman of the Oconee Economic Alliance and CEO/CFO of Blue Ridge Bank. “Our economy is becoming more diverse yet we must continue to do everything possible to keep our momentum towards creating more jobs and opportunities for the citizens of Oconee County.”

To read more and view the complete list visit

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Council Meetings are held on the 1st and the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. [excluding July and August which will meet only on the third Tuesday of the month] in the County Council Chambers located at 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, S.C. [unless otherwise advertised].

           At each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be two Public Comment Sessions [beginning at 6:00 p.m. for agenda action items and again at the end of the meeting for non agenda items] which is limited to a maximum of forty (40) minutes with four (4) minutes allocated per person.  If you wish to speak during the Public Comment Session you may do so by placing your name on the sign up sheet in Council Chambers prior to the meeting.    

          In addition, at each regularly scheduled Council meeting there will be held an Extended Public Comment Session which is limited to two citizens, five (5) minutes allocated per person.  Comments do not have to be related to a specific agenda item.  The time may not be used to promote or criticize a political candidate or figure.  Interested individuals should contact the Council Clerk [718-1023 or] to sign up for these time slots which will be filled on a first come first serve basis.  Please be advised that only one meeting will be scheduled at a time.  Council may make closing comments directly following the public and extended public comment session if time permits.

          Everyone speaking before Council should do so in a civil manner. Council will not tolerate personal attacks on individual council members, county staff or any person or group. Racial slurs will not be permitted. All citizens addressing Council and all Boards and Commission appointed by Council should do so at the appropriate time as noted on their agendas and in an appropriate manner.

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 South Carolina Association of Counties

Friday Report

Click Here to view the current and past Friday Reports prepared weekly by the Association regarding pending issues before the state legislature.

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For the second year in a row

Oconee County is featured in National Geographic 

this time in the magazine's Traveller UK series. 

To read the full article, visit 

National Geographic

50 of the World's Last Great Places

Destination of a Lifetime

This special publication by the National Geographic features as their #9 choice "Jocassee Gorges - An Intense Concentration of Waterfalls".  The article centers on North & South Carolina and also features two pages showing the beautiful and rare Oconee Bell.  

CLICK HERE to read the article and see the beautiful photographs!

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Interested Candidates Wishing To Serve on an
Oconee County Board and/or Commission

Oconee County Council at their May 15, 2012 meeting unanimously approved that all interested candidates seeking appointment and/or reappointment to an Oconee County Boards and/or Commission be required to complete the
Questionnaire for Board/Commission 
prior to being considered for any appointment.

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