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Bethune power outage causes schools to combine

Posted: January 9, 2015 1:26 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2015 1:00 a.m.

The town of Bethune and Bethune Elementary School (BES) suffered a power outage Jan. 8.

According to a Duke Energy representative, the outage occurred at approximately 10 a.m. due to equipment malfunctions with a transmission at a substation and left about 1,000 Duke Energy customers without power for several hours.

According to Kershaw County School District Director of Communications Mary Anne Byrd, the electric company told district administrators it did not expect the power to be back on for two to three hours. BES students were then bused to Mt. Pisgah Elementary School to carry on with their school day.

Extra food was prepared to ensure that all students had lunch.

“It was a good cooperative effort between everyone at the schools and our transportation department,” Byrd said. “Duke Energy was really helpful with their information.”

BES students were bused back to Bethune in time to get home via their normal forms of transportation. Duke restored power by 2:30 p.m.

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