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Roads clear, quiet night

February 14, 2014

Life’s returning to normal, at least somewhat normal, for Oconee County–just in time for Valentine’s Day. A quiet night reported, with no major Oconee emergencies. Oconee County, City of Seneca, City of Westminster are among the government offices open at regular time this morning. Clemson University opens at 10 a-m. Once again, however, Oconee public…

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Postal Service recovering

February 14, 2014

The U-S Postal Service is working to open post offices and extend mail delivery to as many customers as possible in South Carolina’s 290-296 and 299 zip code areas. The Postal Service says it experienced severe weather challenges during the past 36 to 48 hours. Operations in the Upstate and Midlands have been hampered because…

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“Glad to have this behind us”

February 13, 2014

By no means was Westminster spared by the extraordinary weather event. The city system encountered a number of outages—including a large outage that affected neighborhoods during the night. The City Hall re-opened for business at 10 this morning. “We’re just glad to have this behind us,” City Administrator David Smith said.  

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This afternoon’s latest

February 13, 2014

Oconee public schools are closed again tomorrow. Dr. Mike Lucas, superintendent, says, “Our plans are for schools to re-open on Monday, February 17.” Power suppliers report progress. By 2 o’clock, the number of Duke customers in Oconee awaiting service was 764. It had been in excess of two thousand. Late this morning, Blue Ridge Electric…

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Power troubles escalate

February 13, 2014

Power troubles are mounting! We’ve just heard that power went off in a home at West Union’s Dutch Fork subdivision. In Seneca, crews have responded to a line across Old Salem Road at the entrance to Lake Keowee Marina.

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Dexter rankled by unfunded state mandates

February 13, 2014

Reg Dexter is no spring chicken when it comes to raising the roof about the state’s unfunded mandates and how they exacerbate Oconee County’s financial standing. Dexter, chairman of budget and finance committee of county council, has been sounding an alarm for years. He has taken the complaint directly to the county’s state lawmakers, but…

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Duke outages worse in Oconee

February 13, 2014

By 8:15 this morning, Duke Energy reported that of all outages in its Carolinas’ territory, Oconee County is hardest hit. At that time, Duke counted 2,166 of its Oconee customers without their service. That number includes folks in the Playground Road area of Walhalla where, according to one resident, the power went off at 4…

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8 a-m UPDATE from SC DOT

February 13, 2014

Light snow is falling in some counties in the upstate and rain/freezing rain in the central/lower areas of the state. Most counties, with the exception of coastal areas and the southern part of District Seven, are reporting that roads and bridges are covered with snow and ice. Crews in all Districts except District 6 continue…

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“It’s been interesting!”

February 13, 2014

If you are an official weather observer for the federal government, no doubt you have found the times we are experiencing to be interesting. That certainly applies to Barbara Wilson in Walhalla. From her official weather station at the Hickory Hollow Farm, Wilson has been forced to try to decipher the various forms of precipitation…

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BREC UPDATE!

February 13, 2014

As of 7:00 am, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative had 147 outages system-wide. Breakdown by county:   • Oconee – 117   • Pickens – 30   Repair crews are addressing all these remaining outages.   To report an outage: 1-888-BLUERIDGE.  

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Calendar

  • September 20, 2014John W. Gibson Reunion
  • September 20, 2014Calling All Christians to Unite in Prayer
  • September 20, 2014 6:00 amCommunity Yard Sale Fundraiser
  • September 20, 2014 8:00 amGolf Tournament to Benefit Juvenal Diabetes Research in Honor of Page Holcombe
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