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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UPDATE from the DOT

Because freezing temperatures are anticipated this morning, the South Carolina DOT advises against travel in the northwest part of the state unless necessary and then only under extreme caution. Temperatures are between 29 and 32 degrees. Oconee and Pickens are improving, but all counties report roads partially covered in ice and icy slush. Anti-icing and de-icing operations continue.

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Power outages

By 6:50 this morning, more than 8,400 power outages existed within the multi-county service area of the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  More than 3,500 of them were in Oconee County.  The outages include backbone feeder lines—one in Oconee and two in Pickens County.  More than 200 linemen are on the job and another 10 crews from a downstate cooperative are […]

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