How a $7 dollar charge lowers a power bill

Westminster leaders are optimistic that a seven dollar charge placed on a retail customer’s electric power bill will eventually lower the customer’s bill.  They are hoping as many customers as possible elect to accept the extra $7 dollars that pays for what’s touted as a “smart meter.”  Mayor Pro-tem Bill Brockington says the theory is that the city’s use of […]

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Coaching offered to pool of workers 50 and up

If you are 50 years or older and want to return to the job place, coaching is available to you during a meeting this morning at the Pendleton campus of Tri-County Technical College.  Job candidates can learn about a coaching program that will help them with their personal marketing tools and networking strategies, target their search for in-demand jobs, get […]

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Westminster leaders get an earful!

Inside a small meeting room at Westminster City Hall, the city’s two top elected officials received the complaints from a disgruntled segment of the citizenry.  During a public hearing, those residents expressed their displeasure over higher electric power bills.  According to a couple of examples, the electric bills have run as high as $600 dollars a month.  At yesterday’s hearing, […]

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Flood-like conditions near Westminster

School bus drivers have alerted Oconee County dispatch of flood-like conditions on U-S 76 near Westminster in the vicinity of Ramsay’s Creek and the Calvary Church of God.  The advice for all motorists is to be extra careful this morning. The S.C. Drought Response Committee downgraded the drought status yesterday of the coastal counties of South Carolina. Counties throughout the rest […]

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Something special to be mailed

For the Oconee taxpayer, there’s something special to anticipate in the mail or, perhaps, dread.  The county tomorrow will mail more than 75 thousand property tax bills—the taxes to be paid are to run the county and school governments another year.  Auditor Ken Nix said this morning that if all bills are paid on time, the county treasury will take […]

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Rain on the way, as the drought committee convenes

Parts of South Carolina, including 101.7/WGOG land, have been dry.  But the forecast indicates some immediate relief on the way, rain beginning tonight and intensifying tomorrow.  And this is the day that the state’s Drought Response Committee meets by conference call to decide which areas of the state require an update of their drought status.  Since the committee’s last meeting […]

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The “529” plan a good way to save

South Carolina’s 529 College Savings Future Scholars is being touted as among the top 529 plans nationally.  State Treasurer Curtis Loftis, whose office administers the plan in South Carolina, recommends this plan as a good way to save for a child’s college education.  To learn more about the plan, visit www.futurescholar.com or contact a financial advisor.  No funds from the […]

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Home fire near Westminster

The area of the 200 block of W. Bennett Road, Westminster is a fire scene today.  After a night of work, the fire was discovered by the homeowner who, according to Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King, was able to call 9-1-1 and put a stop to most of the fire.  Fire fighters remained there to ensure hot spots don’t spark […]

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