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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Other trees down include…

Besides 183/Walhalla-Westminster Highway, at the edge of the Walhalla city limit, other downed trees have been reported on Hefner Road, Nectarine Circle, Lake Jemiki Road, and North Katherine Street, among other spots in the Walhalla area. In the Seneca area, you may find trees down on N. Fair Play Street, Houston Rice Road, and the vicinity of Lowe’s.

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For the most part, “clear sailing”

Primary roads and some secondaries between Seneca and Walhalla are in fairly good shape for traffic this morning. If you have to be out, however, take it slow and watch for problem spots—such as an accumulation on 28 northbound at the Poplar Spring Road bridge. The 28 bridge over 11 is also covered, and motorists should be careful. Another problem […]

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Sex assault reported at frat party

A sexual assault reported during the weekend at a Clemson University fraternity house in Oconee County is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw identified the victim as an out of state college student who, while visiting a Clemson student, had attended a party at the fraternity house on the Old Clemson-Seneca Highway. The incident is alleged to […]

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Fitting tribute to Central’s history

A railroad museum is a fitting tribute to the Pickens County town of Central. The town got its name because of its location on the halfway point of the railroad between Atlanta and Charlotte. Central’s railroad history is now on display, and the Central Railway Museum is open to the public every Saturday from 9 a-m to noon. Much of […]

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Krein applauds school district decision

The decision to release students early today is endorsed by Scott Krein, director of Oconee Emergency Services. “What we’re looking at is a variety of snow, rain, freezing rain—possibly on the trees and roads,” said Krein who added the school district has made the best decision. If the bad weather hits, he advises motorists to stay off the roads until […]

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