Changes ahead in the municipal court

Scott Sprouse is on his way to becoming a circuit court judge. It’ll mean a vacancy in the office of Walhalla Municipal Judge. The city will apparently turn to Blake Norton, the Walhalla-based county magistrate, in an arrangement in which Norton will add Walhalla’s part-time judicial duties to his magisterial duties. Mayor Pro-tem Tjay Bagwell said an inter-government agreement with […]

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Has Mayberry Days surpassed SC Apple Festival?

The Apple Festival has been the signature event for Westminster for decades. But now the question is raised whether another festival, three years old, has surpassed the Apple Festival in popularity. Tom Rusk, organizer for Mayberry Comes to Westminster, told city council last night that the event to remember the days of the popular TV show headlined by Andy Griffith […]

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Westminster power rate to rise in June

Westminster’s electric power customers will see a 7.6% increase on their June bills. The increase from the city’s wholesale supplier will show up in May, but will reflect on retail customers’ bills in June. Picking up on their discussion a month ago, the Westminster mayor and most of the city council said they could see nowhere in the city’s budget […]

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New water plant in Walhalla’s future

A land swap approved last night by the city council is a step toward a new water plant for Walhalla. The city council approved the acceptance of 21.3 acres on Cane Creek for a raw water intake. In exchange, according to council members, property owner Neville Brothers receives nearly 50 acres to the rear of the city’s existing treatment plant […]

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Tracking West Nile virus

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control seeks the public’s help in collecting dead birds to test for this season’s arrival of West Nile virus. “Anyone can help us track West Nile virus by submitting dead blue jays, crows, house sparrows, and house finches for testing,” said Chris Evans, a Ph.D. entomologist with the DHEC Bureau of Laboratories. Birds […]

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Jury deliberating

The jury in Sarasota County, Florida resumed deliberations this morning, to try to reach a verdict in the murder trial of Oconee County resident Michael Rice. The defendant is accused in the shooting death in 2012 of Phillipe Nahon near a tiki bar at a Gulf Coast hotel.

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The second of three OCC #3 contests

One Paul Cain-Andy Inabinet contest for Seat Three, Oconee County Council is in the books. There’ll be another in the June 10 Republican primary. But, at their meeting last night, Republicans were reminded there’s still another contest. County GOP officer Phil Soper said, having won a special primary April 1, Inabinet will go into the next election, May 20, as […]

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