All power restored from Saturday’s ice storm

All power restored from Saturday’s ice storm
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Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Blue Ridge Energy. By Renee Whitener. November 25, 2018. LENOIR, NC — Blue Ridge Energy has all power restored as of 8 pm Sunday that occurred from damage caused by Saturday’s icy weather.

Over 260 areas of damage were sustained on the cooperative’s electric system, primarily in Caldwell County. Outages began at 2:21 am Saturday, with the height of the outages occurring at 6 am Saturday when 5,378 members were without power.

Blue Ridge Energy thanks assisting personnel from sister cooperatives Energy United, Union Power and Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation and contractors: Sumter Utilities, Inc. and Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. Learn more at or on the cooperative’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

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As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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