South Carolina dodges bullet with Africanized bees

Additional extensive testing has concluded that a hive of suspected Africanized bees in Charleston County were predominantly the less volatile European honeybees.  The Department of Plant Industry at Clemson University announced that the hive was destroyed in May after the bees attacked the beekeeper and other bystanders over the course of several days–sending one person to the hospital.  Testing at […]

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Electric rate action tabled

  Chris Carter reported for work only a week ago as the Westminster city administrator.  He’s still living out of suitcases.  And the city council, his employer, is not going to rush him.  Carter took part last night in his first council meeting and was not up to speed on a new schedule of electric system rates up for adoption […]

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Smith bows out, Grant re-appointed

  Westminster auto repairman Rhett Smith has the thanks of his city for service well done.  At the start of last night’s city council meeting, Smith announced he did not wish to be re-appointed to a new term as a city representative to the Oconee Joint Regional Sewer Authority.  He explained that he had enjoyed his service not only as […]

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Stanley McClamma

  Westminster – Doyle Stanley McClamma, 74, husband of Barbara Jean McClamma, 141 Barton Creek Road, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital.   A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Friday, July 22, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Rider Mountain PFB Holiness Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends […]

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Ties strengthened between India and South Carolina

South Carolina is broadening its connection with India, the world’s second most populous nation, with the help of Ratan Tata.  He has been called the father of modern industry in India and is funding fellowships that will pay for five Indian students to work toward automotive engineering degrees at Clemson University. Tata received an honorary Ph.D. in automotive engineering from […]

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Pickens County gets new administrator

Twenty three years ago, Gerald Wilson started his career with Pickens County government as a motor equipment operator.  Today Pickens County announced Wilson as its new county administrator starting next month.  A 6-0 vote last night of the County Council named Wilson to the post.  He gets a two-year contract.  The new Pickens County administrator’s career with county government is […]

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Fire leaves pickup truck heavily damaged

Walhalla fire fighters could see the flames as they approached the scene.  They quickly put out the fire in a Chevy S-10 about 20 feet away from the gas pump at the W. Main Street Corner Stop convenience store, but not before the fire ravaged the cab and other parts of the truck.  No one was hurt.  The fire occurred […]

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Zoning change recommended at Seneca High

  Preliminary approval has been received by the Oconee School District to put up a new sign on property at the Seneca High School.  After a hearing, the city planning commission last night recommended a change to highway commercial zoning for two acres of school district property.  Jason Streetman, city planner, said the sign will allow the district to promote […]

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