Hiker hurt on the Foothills Trail

Rescuers from two states are coming to aid of a hiker at this hour on the Foothills Trail. Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says the hiker is believed to have injured an ankle and it’s a matter of the rescuers gaining access to her exact location. The rescue operation is the vicinity of Whitewater Falls and involves personnel […]

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New CU Prez. to be installed

Dr. James Clements will be installed as the 15th president of Clemson University Friday, May 9—the day for the spring commencement ceremonies. University presidential inaugurations typically are stand-alone events. But Clements will deliver his inaugural address in three short segments at each of the graduation ceremonies that day. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Smith to retire June 30

Health issues are pushing up David Smith’s plans to retire as Westminster city administrator. The mayor and council have accepted Smith’s plans to retire June 30. In the meantime, about 30 people have answered an ad to serve as assistant administrator. But Smith says the city will now have to change the search to that of a search for an […]

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The check will be in the mail!

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is close to letting loose of about $1 million dollars and returning it proportionately to eligible customers. Capital credit refund checks will go into the mail starting Monday, according to Blue Ridge’s Terry Ballenger, and they will be sent to those who were customers during the year 1986. Most of the checks will go to Blue […]

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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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Guilty on all five counts

A jury in Florida found Oconee County resident Michael Rice guilty on all five counts in the shooting death in 2012 of a man at a Gulf Coast hotel. Rice’s sentence is life without parole. However, defense attorneys plan to file an appeal. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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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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