Preservation honor goes to restored Clemson building

Clemson University’s Holtzendorff Hall received a 2017 South Carolina Historic Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the Italian Renaissance-style building designed by professor Rudolf Lee.  The awards were presented at the State House by Gov. McMaster and were sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the South Carolina Archives and History Foundation, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History […]

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Haynes building appraisals in hands of attorneys

Estimates of repairs needed to a large downtown Seneca building are in the hands of attorneys, according to an announcement last night at City Hall.  Greg Dietterick, city administrator, said appraisals by the Rev. E-Haynes side have been turned over to city attorneys.  Dietterick calls it a “starting line” toward repairing the building—which has been a subject of years of […]

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Communication tower projects receive special exceptions

The Oconee County skyline will accommodate a pair of new structures that will facilitate our 21st century proclivity to talk and communicate.  After what were routine hearings this week, the county Board of Zoning Appeals gave special exceptions for communication tower projects at 378 Mountain Road, Westminster and 470 Dairy Farm Road, Westminster.  Greg Gordos, county planner, said two other […]

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Seneca’s new legal mind: R. Boatner “Bo” Bowman

Oconee County-reared and now an attorney in Greenville, “Bo” Bowman has joined the city of Seneca as part-time assistant city attorney.  Thirty-year city attorney Mike Smith retires next year.  And, apparently if things work out, the job at that that time could go to Bowman permanently.  Meantime, as noted by Mayor Dan Alexander, there will be a transition going on. […]

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Open letter prompts Townville man to get involved

An open letter to neighbors and fellow Pioneer Rural Water customers prompted one Townville man to get involved in the process.  That’s exactly why Bill Caster took a seat at this afternoon’s meeting to nominate two candidates to run for the District Two seat on the board of directors.  Caster referred to a letter from “Concerned Citizens for Clean, Affordable […]

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Blue Ridge’s Dalton to retire in January

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President and CEO Charles Dalton has announced plans to retire in mid-January of next year.  Dalton is only the second person to hold the utility’s top job during its 77-year history.  His predecessor, the late A.J. “Jud” Hurt, had served in that position from the organization’s chartering in 1940 until his retirement in 1982.  When Dalton […]

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Westminster budget saved at the (near) final bell

Westminster will operate the next 12 months with four fewer police officers and two fewer fire fighters.  They are among what the city administrator, Chris Carter, concedes some of the draconian measures taken to adopt the city’s new budgets that kick in once the current government year expires after Friday. The city council in a 6 to 1 vote last […]

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