For rare time, Pickens jobless rate above Oconee’s

April 22, 2015

Richard Blackwell watches the state’s job numbers for Oconee County as close as anyone. The Oconee Alliance executive director made several observations yesterday on the report for March, showing Oconee’s unemployment rate had fallen below 6%—dropping six-tenths of a percentage point from the month before. Blackwell also notes that Oconee’s percentage for March of 5.8%…

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Voices raised to Westminster Council

April 22, 2015

Westminster City Council had not quite started its executive session last night when it took up the complaint voiced by a rodeo sponsor heard at the start of the meeting as part of public comment. Michelle Sanford complained about a city requirement to pay a $50 dollar charge to display a sign. Sanford’s complaint was…

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Student art work carries environmental message

April 22, 2015

Some of Oconee’s youngest citizens are spreading an environmental message today on Earth Day. Students at Keowee Elementary School have decorated paper grocery bags with art work with an environmental theme and those bags are being passed out today at the West Union Ingle’s Store. Keowee Elementary is proud to be involved in what it…

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Defense rests

April 22, 2015

The prosecution rested its case yesterday against a Seneca area man, charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct first degree. As the trial recessed until 9:30 this morning, the question left was whether Wilbur Rickmon will testify in his defense. The jury heard testimony about an alleged incident involving Rickmon and a female neighbor at…

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Magistrate’s worker arrested

April 22, 2015

An arrest warrant alleges crime occurred within the office of the Walhalla Magistrate. The state police yesterday announced the arrest of a 44-year old Westminster woman in an investigation of missing funds from the Walhalla Summary Court, where she worked. According to the state Law Enforcement Division, Constance Louise Weaver was charged with embezzling public…

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Westminster acts to cut power costs

April 22, 2015

Usually this time of the year Westminster raises its retail electric power charge—once it gets word from its regional supplier that its wholesale charge is going up. But not this year. At the recommendation last night of first-year city administrator Jeff Lord, the city council adopted a new rate schedule that avoids a 4% wholesale…

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Calendar

  • May 2, 2015 8:00 amPancakes for Princess Raelyn
  • May 2, 2015 9:00 amWidowed Persons Moving Foward meeting
  • May 3, 2015Seneca HS Choral Concert
  • May 3, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
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