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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Boyce Donald

  Seneca – Boyce Alford Donald, 90, widower of the late Sue Helen McCarley Donald, 1004 Friendship Road, passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 at Oconee Medical Center.  A funeral service will be held 2:30 pm, Thursday, December 22, 2016 from the Chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 1-2 prior at Sandifer Funeral Home.  Burial […]

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Walhalla rifle team advances to national competition

The J-ROTC rifle team from Walhalla High School Razorback JROTC  placed second December 9-10 in Lexington, NC during the 4th Brigade Best of the Best J-ROTC Championships. Only the top 20 teams in a five state area qualified to compete. Walhalla team members are Elizabeth Cobb, Carter Duke, Jessica Elder, Lakyn Tippett, Halie Cobb, Nicholas Hightower, and Matthew Smith. Winning […]

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A Christmas gift for developers Witter and Markovich

For two developers, there’s something beneath the Christmas tree this year for them to unwrap and contemplate what could be. Builder Tom Markovich tells 101.7/WGOG NEWS that he and his partner, Herb Witter—the two of them pursuing plans for a Walhalla hotel–“We now have preliminary drawings. They still need some refining but the concept is in place. We will be […]

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Not a big fan of the Electoral College is broadcaster Bohannon

In South Carolina yesterday nine individuals convened in Columbia to cast their state’s Electoral College votes for the Trump-Pence ticket.  As in states across the country, the outcome was expected as the Donald Trump ticket breezed to victory–even though there were protests.  Off mic in South Carolina some shouting could be heard in the distance.  A national radio announcer and […]

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Oconee’s stretch of I-85 and human trafficking

Practically a midpoint between Atlanta and Charlotte, Oconee County’s four-mile stretch of I-85 is apt to be the scene of human trafficking.  And Sheriff Mike Crenshaw wants the county to be pro-active.  Human trafficking affects all walks of life in the United States and victims can be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders and undocumented workers.  The victims will […]

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