Cruising is legal in Westminster

Soon there will be signs in Westminster, reminding people that cruising—or cutting town—is legal.  In fact what critics claim is an aimless activity that wastes gasoline will now actually be encouraged to bring young people and others to the city.  Councilwoman Susan Ramey and Westminster resident Zack Sharpe promoted cruising during last night’s council meeting.  “It can be a good […]

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Clemson’s freshman class exceeds 5,000

Clemson University’s new students include 5,100 freshmen and transfers from 46 states and two territories, as well as 40 nations.  President James Clements gave figures yesterday during the university’s convocation, before the start of classes today. “We are continuing to focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse student population, and we are making progress in that area. For example, the […]

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Momentum builds for skateboard park

Jason Dean is 43 years old, but he still loves skateboarding.  Dean told the Westminster City Council that skateboarding is an enjoyable recreation activity not only for him, but for younger members of his family.  And he urged the mayor and council last night to push forward with an effort to establish a city-operated skateboard park to be finaanced in […]

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Agreement to settle sewer differences

After a closed-door session, the Oconee County Council reached agreement to end years of squabbling with the Joint Regional Sewer Authority.  The county will now pay the sewer authority $1.9 million dollars.  That’s around three years worth of $610 thousand dollars of payments that the county held back as part of a dispute over a previous inter-government agreement that required […]

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Westminster to cancel new software deal

Westminster expects to save $100 thousand dollars by canceling a new software deal, but one council member is not happy.  After hearing that financial losses are projected for both general and utility accounts for the year ended June 30, the city council voted 4 to 2 last night to pull out of its contract for Harris Smart Fusion software update […]

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Company president/CEO promises more to come

An investment of more than $20.5 million dollars and 87 new jobs may be only the start for what the first tenants are going to bring to the Oconee Industry and Technology Park on SC 11.  Yesterday’s symbolic groundbreaking for a large building that will house two manufacturers took on an even greater celebratory tone when the company president/CEO said […]

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“Right time to build in Oconee County”

A symbolic groundbreaking attracted a large crowd this afternoon to the Oconee Industrial and Technology Park, where a plastics operation is under construction.  The BMW car making plant may be 60 miles from Oconee, but the commitment by Baxter Manufacturing and High-Tech Mold Carolina to build in Oconee is seen as an example of a spinoff effect that benefits the […]

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The color teal draws attention to Alzheimer’s

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States, and the only one of the top 10 without a cure or meaningful treatment. On November 3, in honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, landmarks across the country and around the world will light up teal. Among […]

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Bond issue in front of Oconee County Council

Oconee County Council is scheduled to take the second of three required readings tonight to a general obligation bond worth up to $16 million dollars.  The backup information to tonight’s agenda shows the purposes for which the county would apply the proceeds.  They are to defray costs of the following projects: a new Westminster magistrate building; the Oconee Workforce Development […]

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Clemson faculty preps for start of new year

Tomorrow will see the start of Clemson University classes for a new year.  And this morning the faculty, staff and student organization representatives marched into the Brooks Center for the Victor Hurst Convocation.  A woman who as a child stared into the sky above her southside Chicago neighborhood and dreamed of outer space keynoted the start of Clemson’s academic year. […]

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