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Part of 123 to be re-surfaced next month

June 18, 2014

An official of the contractor says a section of U-S 123 in Seneca is planned for re-surfacing next month. The work will take place from Lindsay Road to Old Salem Road and will take in the 123-130/E-N 1st Street intersection. In length, the section of 123 is less than a mile. However, because the highway…

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Sewer rate increase in the offing

June 18, 2014

A new budget for Westminster will mean higher charges for property taxes and sewer service. The council gave direction to its staff last night to enact a 3% increase on sewer bills “effective with the next cycle” of billing. The council also approved a rare property tax increase. An additional 6 mills of taxes will…

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Producing work-ready graduates

June 18, 2014

Tri-County Technical College officials joined representatives of local and area manufacturing companies for the recent International Automation Conference 2014. The Chicago, Illinois meeting last month attracted 200 attendees who face an identical challenge: finding and hiring people with 21st century workplace skills. Tech is proud of its growing collaboration with industry that has led to…

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Smith completes basic training

June 18, 2014

Army Reserve Spec. William Smith has graduated basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Georgia. Smith is the son of Beverly Smith of Seneca and a 2008 graduate of Seneca High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree last year from the University of South Carolina Spartanburg.

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Zoning applciant has his say, leaves meeting

June 18, 2014

A Walhalla man who owns property in Westminster left last night’s Westminster City Council meeting—-apparently frustrated that the city leaders were ready to vote down his re-zoning application. But, first David Kane, had his say. Kane had sought to rezone a little more than a quarter of an acre to allow commercial development on the…

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Democrat Hutto headed for “Lindsey Graham Country”

June 18, 2014

In official returns this month, Lindsey Graham took 7 out of every 10 votes cast in the Oconee Republican primary as he coasted to win re-nomination as his party’s candidate for the Senate this fall. But Graham’s hold as the state’s senior U-S senator in Washington is not complete. He faces a Democrat opponent in…

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Emotional farewell for David Smith!

June 18, 2014

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…

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Lord succeeds Smith in Westminster

June 18, 2014

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…

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Prayer and pay raises OK’d by County Council

June 18, 2014

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…

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FERC’s comments not seen as game-changer

June 17, 2014

“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…

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Calendar

  • October 25, 2014 10:00 amCORVETTES AT TAMASSEE DAR School
  • October 25, 2014 4:00 pmWestminster First Baptist Church's Trunk or Treat
  • October 26, 2014 10:00 amMonti Vista Baptist Church's Homecoming
  • October 26, 2014 4:00 pmReturn Baptist Church's Community Wide Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
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