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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For second year, no pay raises for county workforce

Eleven of 15 approved Oconee County job cuts have been accomplished, according to Emma Cammick, chairwoman of the county council.  And no one county department, she says, was singled out.  Cammick gave her views on the county’s new budgets that were accomplished without raising taxes and without pay raises.  She says she is not overly worried about the prospects that […]

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Oconee re-forms its Building Codes Department

The posting of a job availability in the Oconee Building Codes Department is a sign that the county is attempting to re-build the department as the result of the recent thinning out of the payroll.  The county is seeking a new building inspector and is offering a salary range of between $44,000 and $60,000 a year.  In the opinion of […]

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