Special fund to address hardship cases

  A committee of citizens in Westminster has succeeded in creating a special fund to help those who are pressed to pay their electric power bills.  After hearing Teresa Bryson, representing the citizen-formed utility committee, the mayor and council gave their blessing to a roundup fund, provided any legal concerns are satisfied by their attorney.  The city’s electric power customers […]

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No social media policy for Westminster

The mayor in Westminster said the predicament faced by the Oconee Probate Judge is fodder for the city council to consider a social media policy for the city.  But last night the city council was split and the idea was rejected in a 4 to 3 vote.  Mayor Brian Ramey said he’s also influenced to consider governing what someone affiliated […]

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Westminster to interview administrator candidates

  Nineteen people have put their names in the hopper to be considered as Westminster’s next administrator.  And Mayor Brian Ramey says city leaders plan to start interviews with five of the applicants in the next week.  At the start of last night’s council meeting, Ramey expressed the hope that by next month Westminster will have a successor to Jeff […]

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Legal distillery set for a Long Creek opening

In olden days, in these parts, moonshiners hid from federal agents called revenuers.  These days government will allow you to operate a distillery—provided you qualify for a license and are taxed.  At Long Creek, Ed and Kitty Land look forward to expanding their agri-business with the opening of Oconee County’s first legal distillery.  The ribbon for the venture will be […]

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Seneca to pursue utility increase

  Once again, Seneca Light and Water will ask for a five percent increase in its sewer charges—both inside and outside the city limits.  Bob Faires, utilities director, says the rate increase is included in his  department’s budget request for 2016-17 which is to be presented to the mayor and the council for a vote prior to July 1.  Seneca […]

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Technology helps locate a missing Virginian

  A new piece of technology helped a sheriff’s deputy in northeast Georgia locate a missing man.   Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said one of his officers last Thursday was patrolling I-85 when he received a report of a missing Virginia man. Thomas said his deputy was using a new computerized alert system, called a tag reader, in his patrol car […]

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Personnel moves within Oconee schools

The principal at Westminster Elementary School, Chad Lusk, is transferring within the Oconee School District to be the next principal of the Hamilton Career Center.  The county board of trustees named Lusk the replacement for Mike Pearson, who retires July 1.  The school district has found a successor to Joe Rukat, who retires as the long-time director of technology.  The […]

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