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    Winter Storm Cripples Jackson County

    By Sue Caldwell, Reporter/Staff Writer
    In a press release from Jackson Count Judge Executive Shane Gabbard, this week has been a little crazy, to say the least. We started feeling the effects of winter storm Octavia on Monday. At that time we went ahead and declared the county in a state of emergency. The record snow fall and freezing temperatures took a toll on everyone. The roads quickly became impassable as the snow continued and conditions are still treacherous, in some places, as of press time. Our magistrates and road crews have worked very hard and long hours all week trying to keep our roads as clear as possible. The weather also had a major toll on the old courthouse, where Judge Gabbard’s office, the sheriff, and the county clerk are located. Late Saturday morning, a major leak was found by County Clerk Duck Moore and Sheriff Paul Hays. Judge Gabbard said he went to check on it late Saturday evening and found the leak had only gotten worse and the roof had started leaking in several other spots. They contacted the insurance company and clean up and repair efforts were set into motion.

    Snow Storm Leads to Power Outages

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    According to Karen Combs Director of Public Relations. Sub-zero temperatures produced high demand for electricity last week and resulted in scattered power outages. Temperatures dipped to more than 20 degrees below zero Friday morning, and the high electric use caused circuits to overload and left some Jackson County residents in the dark for several hours. “Our crews worked as quickly as possible to restore service in the bitterly cold temperatures,” said Jackson Energy Director of Public Relations Karen Combs. “We were able to get power restored and only saw a few scattered outages across our service area, even with the winter weather and record low temperatures.” Combs said demand for electricity usually peaks in the morning as people wake up and start going about their day. The demand goes up as people take showers, make breakfast and start household chores. The high demand, like Friday morning, can overload electrical equipment.