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Smith to retire June 30

April 16, 2014

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…

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The check will be in the mail!

April 16, 2014

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…

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Changes ahead in the municipal court

April 16, 2014

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…

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Has Mayberry Days surpassed SC Apple Festival?

April 16, 2014

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…

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Johnson enlists to aid his city’s recreation programs

April 16, 2014

Shawn Johnson is a 34-year old Westminster resident who believes in the value of sports and recreation for young people and he wants to help his city expand its offerings. Johnson has given the city leaders some ideas, and he left last night’s city council meeting with a personal invitation to attend the next meeting…

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Westminster power rate to rise in June

April 16, 2014

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…

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Guilty on all five counts

April 16, 2014

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.

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New water plant in Walhalla’s future

April 16, 2014

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…

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Tracking West Nile virus

April 15, 2014
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…

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Jury deliberating

April 15, 2014

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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Calendar

  • August 29, 2014 8:00 pmOconee State Park Square Dance
  • August 30, 2014 9:00 amOconee County Friends of the Library Book Sale
  • August 31, 2014 3:00 pmThe Westminster United Methodist Church's Community Singing
  • September 6, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
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