Anticipating a new round late this afternoon

A new round of the wintry mix is anticipated to arrive in Oconee County by late afternoon. It’s a sign more weather trouble lies ahead–even though there has been some melting between morning and early afternoon. Don’t let that fool you, according to Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Management. Krein makes a special appeal. If you have a friend […]

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So far, power companies hold their own!

We’ve had no reports of power outages in Oconee County. Duke Energy reported a handful of outages in Anderson County. At last report, Blue Ridge Electric Co-Op had experienced no loss of customer service in its multi-county service district. And Bob Faires of Seneca Light and Water reports, so far, all is good–meaning Seneca’s electric power customers are staying warm […]

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Noon UPDATE from SC DOT

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain continues to fall and accumulate. Upper and central areas of the state have snow accumulation of varying amounts. The lower state has been pelted by sleet and freezing rain. State crews are plowing interstates and primary routes with all available plows. Temperatures are well below freezing statewide except for coastal counties which […]

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Roads slick in the Westminster area

The police chief at Westminster is re-enforcing today’s message of, if at all possible, stay off the roads. Chief Dean Awalt says Westminster roads and streets are slick—making driving a slippery proposition. And that includes 123—the main highway through town. For their driving safety, the police are operating a Hummer and stand ready to answer calls where they are needed. […]

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Pioneer points to Georgia meeting next week

Snow covers the ground now, but leaders of the Pioneer Rural Water District look forward to better times in a few days—-including an important meeting next week at Hartwell, Georgia. The water and sewer board in Hart County meets Monday and is expected to again take up Pioneer’s request to be allowed to draw water from Lake Hartwell, using Hart […]

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It’s not an official motto, but….”

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor darkness of night” applies to the U-S Postal Service, and a rural Oconee carrier tells us he and his colleagues are endeavoring to deliver the mail today. He asks that everyone be patient and especially careful in and around the frequent mail stops the carriers make. The particular carrier we spoke to faces an arduous […]

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Haley defends S. 308

A controversial South Carolina piece of legislation signed into law this week has been referred to as a guns and bars bill. But Governor Nikki Haley, a gun rights supporter, says that isn’t how you should refer to S. 308. The governor’s office calls it the “Concealed Carry Reform Bill.” And she defended the bill which makes the state the […]

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“We’re getting hammered….”

A wind-driven, swirling snow has begun to blanket WGOG land–whether you are in Walhalla. Or whether you’re in the former textile mill village of Newry, from where a caller shortly after 7:30 said, “We’re getting hammered by this stuff.” The forecasts and warnings appear to be dead-on. The storm Pax is beginning to make its mark.

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