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Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 6:25 PM
Last updated 8:48 PM
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8:50 p.m.

The University Health Care System and Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church have cancelled the Heart Healthy Health Fair scheduled for Saturday.

“It is with regret that we postpone this event, but given the complications that many people are still dealing with due to the recent storms, we feel it is in the best interest of the public, Trinity on the Hill volunteers and University Hospital staff that we reschedule for a date that is more convenient,” said University Hospital spokeswoman Erica Cline in a news release.

8:45 p.m.

We have received word that Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way, will not be hosting services on Sunday, February 16.

Is your church not having services this weekend? Please share the information with our faith reporter Lisa Kaylor, at lisa.kaylor@augustachronicle.com.

8:40 p.m.

Aiken Electric Cooperative's online outage map reports 9,500 of its 31,300 Aiken County customers are without power at present, with another 1,167 of 6,121 Edgefield County customers waiting for power to be restored. 

Georgia Power reports 588 outages affecting 31,688 customers in Richmond County, with 426 outages impacting 15,574 customers in Columbia County.

SCE&G reports its outages are down to 27,355, which means almost 2,000 customers have been restored in the last two hours. 

8:30 p.m. 

Winter Storm Pax put a freeze on blood donations over the past three days, the Shepeard Community Blood Center announced Friday, and an estimated 400 blood donations have not been collected as a result..

Read more in our update by Travis Highfield


7:40 p.m. 

According to the Jefferson Energy website, the power company is in the process of dealing with a total of 849 outages. Nearly 14,000 members lost power, and they've restored electricity to almost 3,000 customers. Their call center is taking about 150 calls an hour. 

You can keep up with the latest updates at their official outage map:

http://outage.jec.coop:83/

6:40 p.m.

While Georgia Power says it is wrapping up repairs in the lightly impacted Atlanta area, as of 6 p.m., the company projects 95 percent of Augusta, Evans, Thomson and Waynesboro residents will have power restored by midnight Saturday. 

Georgia Power is reminding residents across Georgia that the power company is not able to repair damaged meter boxes. 

Meter boxes attached to the side of homes throughout the area are owned by the homeowner, not Georgia Power. So if power is out due to a damaged box, calling Georgia Power to report an outage will not solve the problem. 

See an example of a damaged meter box on Georgia Power's Twitter feed.


6:15 p.m.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office sent out a news release thanking the community for its help in responding to the ice storm:

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the citizens of Augusta for their co-operation during this unprecedented Ice Storm.  The Sheriff made the decision to bring in all certified officers to assist with dealing with this incident.  Prior to making this call the Sheriff’s Office was inundated with calls from Deputies volunteering to assist in any way possible to help clean up their city. 

Over 27 crews consisting of volunteers and sheriff’s deputies (4-5 officers per crew) were mobilized with chainsaws and equipment to help clear the downed trees that littered the roadways of our city.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the volunteers and citizens that came out to help in this endeavor. 

Due to the power outage the Sheriff’s Office also doubled the manpower for each shift allowing for more deputies to be in the neighborhoods and on the roadways to help secure businesses and homes.  This extra manpower was also needed to man the numerous intersections that had inoperable traffic signals and helped in conducting welfare checks on citizens of our city that could not make contact with their loved ones. 

The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the numerous agencies that sent officers to assist in securing our city. 

6:10 p.m. 

The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding units arrived in Augusta on Friday, preparing to serve thousands of meals to people affected by Winter Storm Pax.

Nine emergency canteens will provide hot food, snacks and drinks at emergency shelters and senior housing communities, according to a news release. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the following locations:

  • Richmond County shelter, 2920 Mike Padgett Highway
  • Columbia County’s Patriots Park, 5545 Columbia Road
  • Legacy at Walton Oaks, 602 Fairhope Street
  • S.G. Noble Garden of Hope Apartments, 200 Magnolia Street
  • Walton Ridge Apartments, 3550 Windsor Spring Road

Look for more updates on this story later tonight. 


6 p.m.

SCE&G reports power outages in Aiken County have fallen below 30,000, to 29,292 customers without power, down from 39,000 at times Thursday. 

Statewide, SCE&G reports 59,000 outages as of 4:30 p.m., down from 104,000 on Thursday. 

The company says 90-95 percent of its Aiken County customers can expect to have power restored by Monday evening. 


5:50 p.m.

A career expo originally scheduled for Thursday will be held Monday.

The Buzz on Biz Career Expo will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Legend’s Club, 2701 Washington Road in Augusta.

Some of the vendors scheduled for the expo include Spherion, WOW, Teleperformance, as well as car dealers, colleges and other staffing firms.

Job-seekers will be allowed to bring their children since it is a school holiday.


5:45 p.m.

Cancellations and schedule changes

  • Saturday’s Dixie Jewels Insulator Club’s first winter swap meet for the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library has been canceled because of weather problems.
  • Auditions for Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School scheduled for Saturday have been canceled and will be rescheduled. Auditions scheduled Monday will be held.
  • University Health Care System and Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church have canceled the Heart Healthy Health Fair, originally scheduled for Saturday.
  • Columbia County School students return to school Wednesday, following winter break. All employees except nutrition workers, bus drivers/aides, paraprofessionals and school nurses should report to work on Monday, a previously scheduled holiday. 



5:30 p.m.

Twins Earl Palmer and Pearl Brooks have had a birthday tradition.

“I have six daughters, and over these last eight years, at least three of them have taken us to a nice Augusta restaurant to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our birthday,” Brooks said. “It’s one of my favorite days of the year.”

When power outages forced Brooks and Palmer into the Richmond County disaster shelter on Mike Padgett Highway, however, Brooks accepted that their 70th would be different.

“I knew it was going to be a gloomy birthday,” she said. “A very, very gloomy one. Five of my six daughters live out of state, so I told them not to come. We had to postpone our dinner until next Friday.”

There was something the twins weren’t anticipating, though.

Learn more when the story is posted online later tonight. 


5:15 p.m.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has extended until Wednesday the state of emergency declaration for 15 counties, including several near Augusta, where severe storm damage requires ongoing response efforts.

Governor extends emergency declaration for 15 counties through Wednesday


4:45 p.m.

AIKEN -- In response to the Whiskey Road water main rupture on Friday, the city of Aiken Engineering and Utilities Department has issued a “Boil Water Advisory” as a precaution for the homes affected due to the water main rupture at Whiskey Road and Grace Avenue.

Aiken area near Whiskey Road urged to boil water


2:15 p.m.

Postponements due to area weather conditions are causing delays in the state basketball playoff schedule. 

Read the latest from staff writer Wayne Staats.



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