Seneca wants to market its downtown

  Several years ago Seneca identified JC Penny and Panera Bread among the retail and restaurants that it desired for its city.  Last night word came that the city will pursue a market study of its downtown—a document that the planning and community development director says can be useful to developers to send to their lenders.  Ed Halbig told the […]

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Seneca city attorney to retire

Ronald Reagan was still President of the United States when Mike Smith became City Attorney for Seneca.  The inevitable creep of age is sending Smith to the retirement sideline.  Last night at City Hall Smith announced he will transition into retirement as the city’s legal counsel effective July 1 and, eventually, will retire as practicing private attorney in the city.  […]

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Rabid cat bites Oconeean

DHEC has announced that an Oconee County resident was potentially exposed to rabies last month by a stray cat which tested positive for the disease.  The individual, a Westminster area resident, was bitten January 22 while handling a stray that appeared at the residence. The cat was later euphonized, submitted to DHEC’s laboratory and, three days later, was confirmed to […]

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McMaster tickets selling like hotcakes

The tickets to see and hear the governor, Henry McMaster, speak in two and a half weeks at Westminster are going fast.  Today Sam Dickson, board chairman for the Oconee Chamber of Commerce, said they will stop sales at 300 for the venue planned for West-Oak Middle School on Friday, February 17.  Meal tickets are priced at $25 dollars.

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New park proposed in Clemson

City of Clemson and Pacolet-Milliken have contracted with the landscape architecture firm Design Works of Charleston to explore a park inside the Pacolet-Milliken Plant Development bordering highway 76 and Old Stone Church Road. The park location was approved by city council a year ago.  Ideas for the park will be on display for the public to offer feedback from 5 […]

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Large lake acreage up for re-zoning

An application for a large acreage re-zoning goes before Seneca Planning Commission, during its next meeting.  Crescent Communities requests a residential-20 zone for 70 acres near Indian Oaks Road.  Ed Halbig, planning and community development director, says the property is currently zoned planned development undeveloped. The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing at 6 pm Monday, February 20 at City […]

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Salem couple gets an extradited hearing

A judge has ordered an expedited hearing next week to allow lawyers for a Salem couple to argue for a restraining order against the NEXT charter school.  The couple is contesting the school’s decision to expel their son who was arrested and charged with sexual misconduct.  The parents want their son to be able to complete his course work at […]

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