Dollar General seeks a special exception

The retail chain Dollar General wants to build a store at the rural Oconee intersection of Ebenezer and Keowee School roads, and a request to make a special zoning exception will be aired tonight at Pine Street.  Frances McMahan Blakely is one neighbor who would welcome Dollar General to her community as an asset.  But her opinion is not shared […]

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Students get an idea of how the legal system works

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What happens when a classroom becomes a courtroom?  At Southern Wesleyan University students were able to gain insight into the legal system and how it works. District 3 State Rep. Gary Clary of Pickens County took on the role of judge for a “mock trial” in which students played roles that included plaintiff and defense attorneys, jurors, witnesses, plaintiffs and […]

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The cost to build Oconee’s Tech campus

A figure of $5 million dollars to build an Oconee County campus of Tri-County Technical College was given during a meeting this week in Walhalla.  County Administrator Scott Moulder gave the estimate during a presentation to the council’s budget and finance committee.  Property to build the Tech campus has been set aside inside the county’s Information and Technology Park on […]

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Fire department to run medical calls

Chief Chris Smith of the Westminster Fire Department has selected December 1 as the date to inaugurate First Responder service from the station.  After a presentation Tuesday to the city council, Smith got the ahead.  First response to medicals within the corporate limits is currently provided by the Westminster Rescue Squad and Oconee Emergency Services.  “I don’t want to take […]

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School District separates from behavioral camp

Effective September 22, the Oconee School District ended its relationship with a behavioral camp in Tamassee.  Camp Ghigau is operated by the Clemson Youth Learning Institute, but the school district by contract provided a teacher and two assistants for the program.  But the school district’s Steve Hanvey says, “When it was brought to our attention that other districts were not […]

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West Union goes off the clock!

No longer must West Union town employees track their hours by the use of a time clock.  The town council last night voted to do away with time clocks and instead require town workers to keep track of their hours by paperwork.  Mayor Linda Oliver says the feeling among the majority of council members is that the new arrangement will […]

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Greenville man identified as suspect in Oconee school crime

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The Oconee Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect in an incident last week of disturbing school.  An arrest warrant alleges Quorius Bekiyus Nicholson of Greenville “did willfully and unnecessarily disturb the students and teacher of Ravenel Elementary School by attempting to evade and elude the South Carolina Highway Patrol in the vicinity of the School, causing a lockdown and interruption […]

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A distinction for which Westminster is proud


Plaudits were given during last night’s meeting of Westminster City Council for a distinction made possible by the work of Fire Chief Chris Smith and his staff.  Westminster has attained a 2-rating from the ISO—the Insurance Services Office.  The capability of fire fighting, as rated by the ISO, is rated 1 to 10—with the lowest number the better.  Smith told […]

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