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Gifted and Talented essay authors

March 19, 2014
Gifted and Talented essay authors

One dozen Walhalla Middle School sixth graders took part in an essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The students, members of the school’s Gifted and Talented English Language Arts class, wrote on the theme of “What Patriotism Means to Me.”  The writers are (front row, left to right) Sydney Vickery, Kaylee Quick,…

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Smith: “I’m getting close”

March 19, 2014

Westminster’s veteran city administrator, David Smith, is getting close to retirement, but he’s not ready to name a date. In the meantime, the city is advertising for an assistant administrator—an individual who potentially could move into Smith’s job. Westminster has placed an assistant administrator’s ad on the South Carolina Municipal Association website. And, so far,…

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Tentative land deal

March 19, 2014

The Walhalla mayor and council last night gave first reading to an ordinance covering what is described as a “land exchange” between the city and a private individual. According to Nancy Goehle, city administrator, details of the exchange are expected to be disclosed at second and final reading.  

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“Y” to run Walhalla Swim Pool

March 19, 2014

Walhalla has approved a contract to authorize the Oconee YMCA to operate the city swimming pool this season. Indications are, according to City Administrator Nancy Goehle, the pool will open Memorial Day weekend for a full season of swimming. A contract approved last night by city council and subject to the city attorney’s approval would…

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AdvanceEd “team” on its way

March 19, 2014

An outside group of professional education evaluators makes its way next month to Oconee County, and the county school district intends to be ready. Steve Hanvey, assistant superintendent for instructional services, yesterday announced that representing the accreditation organization AdvanceEd will be six evaluators who will arrive from four states and be led by a retired…

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Residency rule inaplicable for quasi-judicial post

March 19, 2014

You need not live inside Westminster corporate limits to have a say on zoning appeals in that city. In fact, you can be like Charles Morgan and live as far as Long Creek and serve on the Westminster Board of Zoning Appeals. The mayor and council last night decided against changing the city’s non-resident policy…

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Meeting dominated by utility issues

March 19, 2014

The March meeting of Westminster City Council was a get together dominated by utility issues. Besides grappling with paying more for their electric power supply, Westminster leaders received a complaint that a woman’s one-month power bill for her home on ‘D’ Street came in at $1,200. Mayor Rick McCormick said that was likely a mis-read…

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No texting not enough for Oconee

March 19, 2014

Oconee County Council last night gave preliminary approval to a distracted driving ordinance that’ll have enough teeth to forbid the use of any cell phone or other portable electronic communication device while operating a moving vehicle. The only exceptions are emergency use and provided the driver is equipped with a hands-free device. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw…

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Cain and Inabinet to contest twice

March 19, 2014

Two Seneca men will contest each other twice for the votes needed in the race for Seat Three, Oconee County Council. Paul Cain and Andy Inabinet signed up yesterday as candidates to run in the June Republican primary. The nominee there gets his name on the ballot in November for a full, four-year term. In…

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7.6% power rate hike

March 19, 2014

Westminster leaders will delay their vote one month on what to do about a 7.6% electric power increase from their wholesale supplier. The city is a member of PMPA, a consortium of upstate municipalities that draw their power supplies thru part ownership of a nuclear reactor. David Smith, city administrator, says the increase reflects what…

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Calendar

  • November 23, 2014 9:30 amTamassee DAR School will “Committee of Angels” at Richland Presbyterian Church
  • November 25, 2014 5:15 pmBlue Ridge Tree Lighting
  • November 27, 2014 10:00 amWestminster Community Thanksgiving Meal
  • November 29, 2014 2:00 pmRestoration Church of God will host "Pictures with Santa"
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