Westminster looks to Lord

96.3/WGOG NEWS has received confirmation of talk that the city of Westminster has offered the job of city administrator to Walterboro resident Jeffrey Lord. However, according to current Westminster administrator David Smith, the negotiations have yet to be officially completed. Two weeks ago, Westminster named Lord and Tabor City, North Carolina’s Al Leonard Jr. as finalists for the job Smith […]

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Tamassee woman arrested on grand larceny charge

 A 37-year old Tamassee woman has been arrested by the Oconee Sheriff’s Office—accused of stealing patio furniture outside a business near Salem. According to sheriff’s officers, the stolen furniture was traced by Salem Police Chief Dave Poulson to a home on Bear Boulevard. Sheriff’s officers arrested Lelani Lairson and charged her with grand larceny. The scene of the May 10 […]

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Westminster rezoning turned down

Westminster Planning Commission voted last night to deny a property owner’s request to change nearly one-third of an acre on the Long Creek Highway to a neighborhood commercial zone. The planning commissioners acted after hearing seven members of the public say they would not like to see the 0.29 acre of land changed from single-family residential to neighborhood commercial. David […]

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Two injured in Oconee County accident

State troopers report two persons injured this morning in an Oconee County traffic accident. The 7:45 accident occurred on the Armstrong Road at Brown Farm Road and involved a car and a van. The accident injured the driver of a Chrysler minivan and one of three passengers inside a 1994 Oldsmobile. According to the patrol, the driver of the Olds—a […]

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School year ends, but no meals for kids

Oconee’s public schools are about to shut down for the summer. But the summer months do not mean an end to the meals offered by Oconee Schools Food Services. Free lunch meals will be available at locations in Seneca, Walhalla and Westminster. One lunch per child will be served at three locations beginning Monday, June 9 at Code Academy in […]

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Corridor pitches marketing deal to Walhalla

Michelle McCollum, executive director of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, invited Walhalla leaders to consider an arrangement in which the corridor would help the city promote its local and area tourist attractions. McCollum said the corridor would be willing to match every dollar spent from her organization—such as what it’s doing with Georgetown, Lake City, and Edgefield. One form […]

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“COLA” in Walhalla proposed budget

In two weeks, the Walhalla mayor and council will be asked to vote on a new budget that cuts overall spending by 1% from the current year—2013-14. At the same time, however, Chairman Tjay Bagwell of the General Government Committee says the new budget has been calculated to raise recreation department fees and sewer charges—the first sewer rate increase in […]

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Return prayer, says Paul Cain

In his first meeting, Oconee County Councilman Paul Cain called on his colleagues to talk about returning prayer to start council meetings. Cain, the new District Three councilman, provided the council letters from the State Association of Counties, along with citations on public prayer in the state code. But, at the request of Chairman Joel Thrift, discussion was tabled until […]

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