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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Fugitive from justice arrest in Oconee

Ronzeal Domze Earle lives near Westminster. But the Oconee Sheriff’s Office says the 28-year old Earle is a wanted man in Cherokee County, Georgia. Earle was arrested yesterday as a fugitive from justice in Georgia where, authorities say, he’s charged with theft by receiving stolen goods. VKFacebookTwitterGoogle+

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Math camp for girls aims to narrow gender gap

High school girls are at Clemson University this week to attend a new summer camp aimed to boost their math skills and give them a better shot at landing some of the country’s fastest-growing jobs. The inaugural offering of “We Do Math!” targets girls who will be in the 9th and 10th grades when fall semester starts. The 25 campers […]

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Six Walhalla boys finish Boys State

Six rising seniors at Walhalla High School completed Boys State last week on the campus of Anderson University. Walhalla American Legion Post 124 and the community express pride the six had the chance to learn about good government and ways to make themselves better citizens. Participating were Reese Matalik, Jack Willis, Ward Sprouse, Bennett Carpenter, David Medlin and Caleb Quattlebaum. […]

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Meeting to take up AMTRAK “issues”

A meeting this week will take up AMTRAK concerns with the design of a temporary train depot at Clemson, and an official of the general contractor is hopeful the meeting will resolve issues. Marty McKee, vice president of Thrift Development, is hopeful that a good meeting Thursday will mean progress in what already has been a long-delayed project to replace […]

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“We’re making some progress,” Edwards says

Walhalla Mayor Danny Edwards says there have been some emails back and forth between and among the city’s Streetscape engineer, Duke Energy, and A-T-and-T. All of this, Edwards says, is preparatory to a contract for Streetscape phase one. This morning the mayor hinted at a possible announcement of the contract as early as next week. The burying of electric lines […]

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