No power? No problem for School Board

A little thing like no electricity did not stop the Oconee School Board from conducting some important financial business. The trustees convened a meeting in the lobby of their headquarters in Walhalla—-a meeting illuminated by natural light through the windows from the outdoors. Dr. Michael Thorsland, county superintendent, wanted the meeting to finish paying off the $54 million new Walhalla […]

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Mid-day outage report from Blue Ridge Electric

By 11:30 this morning, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative counted 8,542 customers without service in Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, and Greenville counties. Oconee Blue Ridge customers without power numbered 2,860. There were 3,649 outages in Pickens County. The outages include six backbone feeder lines. Three circuits out in Oconee serve parts of the Newry and Westminster areas. Another circuit that serves the […]

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Scam and fraud investigator Justin Ward

The way things are going eventually everyone will be able to claim that he or she was a victim of America’s fast-growing crime—identity fraud. Even the officer in charge of efforts by Oconee Sheriff’s Office to combat those who would steal someone’s personal information. Sgt. Justin Ward himself has been a victim of credit card fraud. But that doesn’t take […]

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Seneca pro-active moves helped

The director of Seneca Public Works, Mark Krabbe, says work by his crews in advance of the storm made the conditions of the city roads and streets the best they could be considering the elements. But he urges drivers to watch for shaded areas where there likely won’t be melting any time soon. And, yes, the re-freeze of wet spots […]

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10,000 customer outages

Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services, says 10,000 power outages are plaguing Oconee County, including 2,500 in the Walhalla area.  The Walhalla area outages have darkened the county’s Pine Street administrative complex, meaning county offices will not open at all today and tonight’s meeting of Oconee County Council has been called off.

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