Sewer rate increase in the offing

A new budget for Westminster will mean higher charges for property taxes and sewer service. The council gave direction to its staff last night to enact a 3% increase on sewer bills “effective with the next cycle” of billing. The council also approved a rare property tax increase. An additional 6 mills of taxes will be applied to the 2014 […]

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Producing work-ready graduates

Tri-County Technical College officials joined representatives of local and area manufacturing companies for the recent International Automation Conference 2014. The Chicago, Illinois meeting last month attracted 200 attendees who face an identical challenge: finding and hiring people with 21st century workplace skills. Tech is proud of its growing collaboration with industry that has led to scholar programs, co-ops, internships and […]

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Smith completes basic training

Army Reserve Spec. William Smith has graduated basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Georgia. Smith is the son of Beverly Smith of Seneca and a 2008 graduate of Seneca High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree last year from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg.

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Zoning applciant has his say, leaves meeting

A Walhalla man who owns property in Westminster left last night’s Westminster City Council meeting—-apparently frustrated that the city leaders were ready to vote down his re-zoning application. But, first David Kane, had his say. Kane had sought to rezone a little more than a quarter of an acre to allow commercial development on the Long Creek Highway. The applicant […]

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Emotional farewell for David Smith!

After 10 years, David Smith is bound for the sideline that is retirement. But his presence at the head of Westminster city government is felt. And the feeling last night in the council members was emotional as Councilwoman Donna Sheriff fought back tears to say goodbye. She credited Smith, who left Cairo, Georgia city government to work in Westminster, for […]

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Lord succeeds Smith in Westminster

At the end of a 45-minute private meeting last night, Westminster City Council had its new man. Jeff Lord, a former city manager in Walterboro, will succeed David Smith whose retirement begins at the end of the month. Lord gets a three-year contract as city administrator, at the rate of $95 thousand a year. He’ll start work Monday and, during […]

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Prayer and pay raises OK’d by County Council

The third Tuesday night meeting of the Oconee County Council was a meeting where the council approved merit pay raises for the county’s employees. Those employees at the bottom end of the pay scale will see the biggest percentage gain. Excluded from the action are the county’s elected officials. The meeting was also the occasion where the council returned prayer […]

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FERC’s comments not seen as game-changer

“Potential conflicts” that a federal agency found associated with a draft license application for the Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project are not viewed today as serious impediments to Duke Energy’s quest to get the project re-licensed. Nevertheless, a Duke spokeswoman, Lisa Hoffman, indicates her company is studying those concerns and intends to address them. Those concerns are raised this week in a […]

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