Westminster retail store to close

A steady flow of customers walked into the Fred’s store in Westminster today.  But that retail store apparently is in its final days.  A sign outside reads store closing and everything on sale.  For comment, store personnel are referring 96.3/WGOG NEWS to Fred’s corporate headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Raising the “roof” for Oconee industry

If a new ordinance passes, Oconee County will lift the restriction against the height of an industrial building. First reading of ordinance 2014-28 is on the agenda next week for County Council. According to the particulars of the ordinance, the current 65-foot height limit would give way to a 200-foot limit. More than anything, District Two’s Wayne McCall says, this […]

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Additional suspects arrested

Besides the 25 people sought today in a Seneca drug sweep, the police are now reporting that an additional four people have been arrested. As part of those arrests, the crimes of possession of a stolen gun and marijuana possession are being alleged. Chief John Covington says it will be later today before details of those arrests are released.

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New drug sweep underway!

The scourge of drugs is under attack today in one Oconee County municipality. The police are attempting to sweep drug dealers from the streets of Seneca. Chief John Covington issued this statement to 96.3/WGOG NEWS: “We have kicked off another sweep of drug dealers to be arrested as of 7 am this morning. Our officers are being assisted by members […]

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Probate Judge readies for same-sex marriage requests

Unless there’s another stay, the office of Oconee Probate Judge next week will start to accept applications from same-sex couples to marry. And the staff at the office of Judge Kenny Johns today began working on a revised form to facilitate such applications. Johns anticipates Attorney General Alan Wilson will appeal yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge. Unless such an […]

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At the new Walhalla High, space won’t be an issue

At this point Oconee School District has no specific expectations for additional student enrollment at the new Walhalla High School from outside the Walhalla attendance area. But, if some of those out of attendance area students want to enroll in a new high school, they and their families are free to make that decision under the district’s school choice policy, […]

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Financial commitment sought to expansd bus service

Oconee County’s transit advisory task force held several meetings for study and talk. It’s now time for the task force to send its recommendations to the county council. Tuesday night council will be asked to make a financial commitment to expand Clemson Area Transit service to Walhalla and Westminster. The task force seeks funding for a purple route, from Seneca […]

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Clemson students make films of historic Appalachian community

Clemson students will showcase their original video productions on Saturday of a small Appalachian community in PickensCounty known as Liberia—founded by freed salves after the Civil War and which remains occupied by their descendants nearly two centuries later.  The films were shot during the October 2013 SoapstoneBaptistChurch fish fry, a monthly fundraising event. “The church is the core of a […]

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After referendum failure, where Salem turns next

At this week’s meeting of the Salem Town Council, there was discussion of the failure of last week’s countywide referendum which, if passed, would have benefited the Salem area in a couple of projects. Clerk-Treasurer Kim Alexander says her town will now consider other options, including grant applications, to help attract growth in the northern end of the county. Among […]

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Museum project A-OK with Seneca regulatory board

After the architect made changes, the plans for a new Seneca museum received approval last night from a city regulatory board.  After a short hearing, at which no one voiced any opposition, the Board of Architectural Review approved a certificate of appropriateness for the BerthaLeeStricklandCulturalMuseum at 208-210 W. S. 2nd Street.  Board member Dr. John Martin, curator of the nearby […]

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