Ken Boggs worried for Westminster

Ken Boggs lives at the edge of the Westminster city limit, but close enough to care for the city.  Boggs told the city council last night he can remember a time when Westminster supported two car dealerships and parking was so tight downtown that the police had to mark tires on parked cars.  Now, Boggs says, he looks around and […]

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City leaders asked to back off sign rules

The refrain from the old song goes something like this, “Sign, sign, everywhere sign.”  These days that’s no longer true in Westminster now that the city has a full-time code enforcement officer.  But Tamy Sanford’s aggressive enforcement of the rules against portable signs has riled up a portion of the citizenry that filled city council chambers.  The deacon chairman at […]

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Tourism plan approved

OconeeCounty leaders took a step last night to make their county more of a destination place for others.  The County Council approved a “Destination Oconee” plan as developed by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor and recommended by the county’s Mountain Lakes Convention Visitors Bureau.  The plan calls for broad-based banding and marketing to highlight Oconee’s attractions and natural resources.  […]

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Bogus returns alleged at Tractor Supply

An employee of a store near Seneca has been arrested and accused of making false returns of store items and pocketing the cash.  Oconee law enforcement authorities reported the arrest yesterday of PickensCounty resident Buddy Khanh Hendrix on the charge of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.  An arrest affidavit alleges the 43-year old Hendrix, resident of the Dacusville Highway, […]

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Prospect for Oconee park

Besides locations for public education, Oconee’s Information and TechnologyPark has room for manufacturing.  And Richard Blackwell, the county’s economic recruiter, confirmed today there is a prospect.  “Yes sir, it’s not a done deal….but we are looking very strong for a new industry to come into that industrial park.”  And that’s besides the Tech campus, the career center, and the economic […]

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Jobless percentage up, but so is employment

The latest unemployment rate for OconeeCounty comes in at 6.4%, slightly below the statewide figure of 6.6%.  June figures were released today by the state Department of Employment and Workforce.  Oconee’s rate for May was 6.3%.  The June percentages translated to these numbers:  2,310 Oconeeans on unemployment and 33,575 on the job.  

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Christian school attains accreditation!

Two accrediting commissions have given the OconeeChristianAcademy on South Carolina 188 full accreditation for the next five years.  Awarding the accreditation were the Association of Christian Schools International and AdvanceED.  The review conducted focused on direction and purpose, capacity of leadership, impact of teaching and learning, use of resources, and student assessment.  There were 26 classroom observations.  The school’s final […]

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Streetscape “traffic drection” today

Look for traffic to be directed today during Streetscape work, as crews cross Main Street to install the water line on the other side of block.  They will also do valve work for the fire hydrant that will set in the center of the future Main Street island.  On the block from Tugaloo to College, according to the contractor, the […]

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UPDATE: Seneca’s “Argo” has been found

The drug dog assigned to the Seneca Police Department went missing during the night, having run  from its handler behind the Blue RidgeElementary School.  Just before the noon hour Tuesday, we learned “Argo” has been found. The dog is said to be OK and is heading to the VET for an exam. “Argo” was found, fatigued, outside Seneca Baptist Church. […]

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