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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Oconee to request private sector bids

If Oconee County crews grade the property for the Tri-County Technical College campus, that shuts out the private sector.  County council members heard the resulting complaints.  Last night the council agreed to place the construction site preparation project out for bids.  But if necessary to save money and meet time deadlines, the county will keep the option of using its […]

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Plans set for the 2017 AgriBiz and Farm Expo

Get ready to learn where your food and fiber comes from at the 2017 South Carolina AgriBiz and Farm Expo in the Florence Civic Center Jan. 11-12. Hosted by leaders in the South Carolina agricultural industry, the Expo is an event representing all aspects of agriculture both large and small. Admission is $5 per person. Children 10 and younger are admitted free with […]

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