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Oconee opens “warming shelter”

February 17, 2015

Oconee County has opened a “warming shelter” for those who need a warm-up.  The shelter is located inside the Walhalla Rescue Squad building at 314 S. Church Street in Walhalla and is open until 7 tonight.

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No power? No problem for School Board

February 17, 2015

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…

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Mid-day outage report from Blue Ridge Electric

February 17, 2015

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.…

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Tomorrow’s school decision unlikely for several hours

February 17, 2015

A decision whether Oconee public schools will be delayed or closed tomorrow (Wednesday) won’t be made until at least after 5 p-m today—or, perhaps, not until early tomorrow morning. District administrator Steve Hanvey says the plan is for personnel “to ride the roads) between 4 and 5 this afternoon and again early tomorrow morning.

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Scam and fraud investigator Justin Ward

February 17, 2015

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…

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Seneca pro-active moves helped

February 17, 2015

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,…

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The impact to Oconee business and commerce

February 17, 2015

Today’s shutdown has a negative effect on Oconee County business and its bottom line. Without electric power, businesses cannot operate. And Jillian Lusk, executive director of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce at Seneca, says even some businesses that have power can’t run—if they can’t get their employees to work.

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10,000 customer outages

February 17, 2015

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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Outages affect Walhalla’s north side

February 17, 2015

Power lines are reported down on 183 in the vicinity of Walhalla’s Sertoma Field. City Hall lost power, apparently during the night. That means city offices remain closed until further notice. Tonight’s council meeting has been postponed until 5:30 p-m Wednesday.

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Six-tenths of accumulated precip on the ground

February 17, 2015

Walhalla recorded an official low temperature of 26. And Barbara Wilson, the official observer, will place six-tenths of an inch of an inch of precipitation” into her record books for the area’s first 2015 brush with ‘Ol Man Winter.”  That converts to 1.16″ of melted precipitation.

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Calendar

  • July 3, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
  • July 5, 2015 7:00 pmLife Tree Cafe
  • July 6, 2015 9:00 amWest-Oak Young Warriors Basketball Skills Camp
  • July 10, 2015 8:00 pmSummer Square Dancing at Oconee State Park
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