Westminster open for business

Like many towns nationwide, Westminster has its share of empty storefronts.  But the city is attempting to lure new business by capitalizing on its location convenient to the many recreation opportunities offered by the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.  City Administrator Jeff Lord yesterday attended a Greenville event where he tried to interest recreation business-types to consider Westminster.  “The recruiting […]

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Council moves to quell intense controversy

After repeated calls by members of the public, Westminster city leaders removed the fee for temporary and event signs.  The action came during council’s August meeting.  In recent months, Westminster residents have complained that the city was being unfair by charging a $50 dollar fee and confiscating what constituted illegal signs.  But City Administrator Jeff Lord says Westminster’s sign standards […]

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Streetscape work weather-related


Work crews hope to pour concrete today for the new “tip island” at Walhalla’s Main and S. College, but this week’s intervals of showers could be a factor.  How much concrete gets poured there will be limited, according to contractor Danny Hutchinson, because his crews are waiting for both Duke Energy and AT & T to bury lines.  The cost […]

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Auditorium gets “major sponsor”

  Walhalla will commit $1,800 from its hospitality fund for the city to serve as a major sponsor for the privately-run Civic Auditorium.  As explained last night by Councilman Lamar Bailes, the sponsorship will cover a half dozen shows staged by the auditorium.  At the urging of Councilman Josh Holliday, an allotment of tickets to which the city is entitled […]

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Bidding to build a roundabout

Contractors submitted bids last week to build Oconee County’s first roundabout—-a circular-type intersection which the state DOT has designed for Wells Highway and Strawberry Farm Road near Seneca.  Josh Makison, DOT resident construction engineer, says he expects to receive word in two weeks of the winning bidder for the project.

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Computer and printer taken by shoplifters


A man and a woman are suspected of stealing a computer and a printer last weekend from the Seneca Wal-Mart.  Oconee Sheriff’s Office appeals to the public to provide the tip that solves the shoplifting case.  It took place around 10 o’clock Saturday night when, according to authorities, the man and woman concealed items and tried to leave the store.  […]

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Council rescinds extra civil protection

  In a final reading last night, Oconee County Council killed an ordinance that gave extra protection to county officials against civil liability.  The council acted after public comment speakers decried the idea, including David McMahan who has taken the county to court over zoning issues.  McMahan said of 46 South Carolina counties, only Oconee had sought additional indemnification.  Council […]

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Walhalla beyond Streetscape

  The idea of going beyond Walhalla’s four-block core commercial area was introduced tonight during the August meeting of city council.  Mayor Danny Edwards welcomed Joe Bryant, representing Seamon Whiteside.  Bryant introduced the idea of improving Walhalla’s Broad Street, one block from Main, as way to enhance the city’s effort to bring new life to the downtown.  Edwards and Bryant […]

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City Council’s private meeting

At this hour, Walhalla City Council is meeting with its attorney in executive session for a contract matter that city leaders say pertains to the city’s water project.  The city council has been working toward an intake and a new plant at Lake Keowee, but Mayor Edwards recently confirmed that his city is considering other options–such as buying water from […]

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