Wandering Upstate elk finds (another) new home

After efforts to encourage the now-infamous “Upstate S.C. elk” to return to its home herd in North Carolina proved unsuccessful, the animal has been relocated to the S.C Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, where it will become a part of the “Animal Forest” exhibit there. However, it will be some time before visitors […]

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Walhalla offers carrot to catch the rabbit

Walhalla City Council took a first step to offer tax incentives to business that, in turn, would take a chance on Walhalla.  Councilman Tjay Bagwell said an ordinance offering incentives passed on first reading during council’s regular December meeting.  The incentives, in the form of rebates paid back to the businesses, would be controlled by the city’s elected leaders.  Meaning, […]

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Truck accident between Seneca and Clemson

An accident that is believed to have involved two trucks has blocked traffic on busy 123 this morning between Seneca and Clemson.  Public safety responders are diverting traffic to back roads to avoid U-S 123 in the vicinity of Blue Ridge Orthopedics and the Wells Highway.  The accident was reported by state troopers around 9:30 and as late as the […]

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Duncan accuses Obama of vain stab to salvage legacy

Jeff Duncan, the Third District South Carolina U-S representative, calls President Obama’s ban against oil leases in both the Arctic and the Atlantic “a vain attempt to salvage a personal legacy for himself.”  And Duncan, Laurens Republican, vows he’ll work with the Trump administration to reverse the ban which Duncan believes would throttle economic and energy security.  Duncan also lambasted […]

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If you are nerdish, you’re welcome in Westminster!

The Merriam-Webster definition of a nerd is someone who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes and hair.  But being a nerd is actually celebrated at one Westminster business which opens its doors to people to congregate and play games.  And Westminster Tapstart on E. Main Street is planning a “Nerd Festival” on October 14.  Representatives of […]

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Council meetings to switch to fire department

As he wished his constituents a Merry Christmas, the Westminster mayor made an announcement that many city residents will likely embrace.  All regular and special council meetings will now take place at the Westminster Fire Department in place of the Depot and City Hall.  The City Hall conference room lacks the size to accommodate the kinds of crowds the council […]

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At least 10 Westminster water meters damaged

  Chris Carter, the Westminster city administrator, left last night’s council meeting with the authority to penalize water customers whose meters were deliberately damaged.  After telling the mayor and the council that the utilities department had evidence of damage to at least 10 customer meters, Carter received approval to apply damage costs.  The city also reserves the option of a […]

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Councilwoman casts not vote, but won’t say why

Westminster Councilwoman Susan Ramey last night voted against approval of the minutes of two November city council meetings, and she chose to give no explanation although pressed by Mayor Brian Ramey.  The mayor told the councilwoman that he and the other city officials needed to know if there was something incorrect in the minutes.  But Councilwoman Ramey held firm to […]

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Outside auditor delivers Westminster’s 2015-16 audit

The annual examination of Westminster’s financial records has been completed and delivered to the city council.  The council accepted as information Leslie Kelly’s presentation on behalf of the certified public accountant firm McGregor and Company.  Kelly summarized her firm’s findings covering 2015-2016 by saying Westminster experienced a $92,725 reduction in its fund balance, which by June 30 stood at $590,981.  […]

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