Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

October 15, 2013

Crews work to keep dangers away from power lines

BLUEFIELD — In the mountains of West Virginia and Virginia, the combination of trees and bad weather conspire to knock down power lines, but crews and contractors with Appalachian Power are trimming trees to help keep the lights on now and this coming winter.

Crews were working Monday in areas including the Duhring area of Mercer County and along Stadium Drive in Bluefield. Phil Moye, a spokesman for Appalachian Power, said trimming operations are underway throughout the year.

“The hope is that when we do have a storm, that (trimming) will lessen the amount of damage we have and eliminate the times when there is a power outage,” Moye said.

Consumers can expect some power outages during any major storm.

“There is going to be some level of damage and some level of interruptions,” Moye stated. “With tree trimming, we try to eliminate outages due to wind and less severe weather.”

Thousands of households and businesses lost power in July 2012 when a powerful windstorm swept across the eastern United States, toppling trees and power lines. Recent winter storms had a similar impact when wet snow brought trees and power lines down. In these cases, trees from outside the zone trimmed alongside power poles fell and hit lines.

“We just had trees fall from far outside the right of way in both storms,” Moye said.

Appalachian Power now has a pilot program in Virginia for clearing lines from one end of a circuit, a line of high-voltage power lines, from end to end every four years, Moye said. Power lines running through the Rocky Gap, Va., area were one of the lines cleared in that pilot program. The power company plans to conduct another pilot program like it in West Virginia.

“In West Virginia, we’ve submitted a plan to the Public Service Commission to do that with all our power lines,” Moye said.

Contractors for Appalachian Power were working along Stadium Drive.

“Hopefully it will prevent terrible outages when the tree limbs break during windstorms or winter storms,” City Manager Jim Ferguson said of the work. “It’s a terrible inconvenience for citizens and cost AEP a lot of money to send out crews to make repairs. We try to work together to make sure trees are pruned properly, and not cause damage or an eyesore. They’re really an eyesore if they’re not pruned right.”

Text Only
Local News
  • new water treatment facility Officials break ground on new waste water facility

    Rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm Thursday when ground was broken for a wastewater plant that will double both the treatment capacity and opportunities for economic development in the Claypool Hill and Wardell communities.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Absentee voting lagging

    Absentee balloting is off to a slow start in a closely-watched Southwest Virginia Senate race that will determine which political party controls the General Assembly.  
    Three candidates are vying to succeed former lawmaker Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June. A special election is set for Aug. 19. The candidates are Republican A. Benton “Ben” Chafin Jr. Democrat D.M. “Mike” Hymes and independent Rick A. Mullins.

    July 25, 2014

  • Civil complaint filed against GM alleging defects caused local woman’s death

    The estate of a young Mercer County woman and her unborn child have filed a civil complaint in Mercer County Circuit Court alleging that a defective ignition switch in the woman’s 2005 Chevy Cobalt led to her death as well as the death of her unborn child.
    Keisha Dawn Vest, 26, of Princeton, the wife of Jason Vest, and mother of a (then) 3-year-old son, was driving to Mt. Airy, N.C., on May 2, 2006, when the brakes on her vehicle failed. Mrs. Vest was working in Mt. Airy as an MRI technician. Without brakes, Mrs. Vest lost control of her vehicle and entered an intersection into the path of a tractor-trailer. She died as a result of the injuries she received in the wreck.

    July 25, 2014

  • ‘Overwhelming:’ Area fans supporting Saints trip to West Virginia

    The community response to the New Orleans Saints’ three-week visit to The Greenbrier for training camp can be described best in one word that Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Saints head coach Sean Payton all used Thursday when discussing the team’s first 24-plus hours in the Mountain State.
    “Overwhelming,” they all agreed.

    July 25, 2014

  • Police continue to search for suspects in local robberies

    Three robbery suspects remain at large in Mercer and Tazewell counties.

    July 25, 2014

  • Construction begins ... Ground broken on Tazewell County wastewater treatment plant

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Absentee balloting underway in closely watched 38th senatorial district contest

    July 24, 2014

  • Princeton man sues GM over wife’s crash death

    July 24, 2014

  • Press conference ... Son gets life for murders

     After pleading no contest in Tazewell County Circuit Court to charges of capitol murder-robbery, a Virginia man was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the murder of his own parents.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Search continues for suspect impersonating a police officer

    The deputy who is leading the investigation into last weekend’s incident involving an individual who made a traffic stop while impersonating a police officer said she has stepped up the search, and hopes to have a sketch artist work with the victim to get a description.

    July 24, 2014

National and World
Newspaper Deivery Routes Available
Sister Newspapers' News
Local News Videos