UNION COUNTY — Life began returning to normal in Union County Friday morning as the eight inches of snow and ice that had blanketed the county over a three-day period continued to melt away.
From Tuesday afternoon to late Thursday morning, Union County residents had to contend with a winter storm system that hit the county with snow, ice and below freezing temperatures. The storm system forced local institutions to close their doors Tuesday beginning with the Union County School District which sent students home that morning. Other institutions soon followed suit with the Union County Courthouse closing at noon that day. The City of Union Municipal Building closed its doors to the public at the end of the day though some personnel were present Wednesday to answer phone calls.
As the storm system worsened, more institutions including banks, stores, and other businesses closed while local churches canceled services. These and other institutions, along with those already closed, would remain closed for the duration of the storm as road conditions worsened causing accidents beginning Wednesday morning.
By Thursday morning, Union County was blanketed by the snow and ice and most roads were a sheet of white while others like US 176 were only partially cleared of the snow which continued to fall until shortly before lunchtime.
Thursday afternoon, however, saw clearing skies and slightly warmer temperatures that helped road crews in their efforts to clear the roads of snow and ice. By Friday morning, US 176 was completely clear and many other roads were at least partly clear and would get clearer still as tempratures continued to warm.
Improving conditions enabled a number of local institutions to reopen Friday, though some did so later in the morning.
Among those reopening was the courthouse which opened its doors to the public for the first time since Tuesday. The city municipal building reopened at 10 a.m.
The county’s recycling convenience centers also resumed operations with those scheduled to be open Friday once again receiving recyclables and household garbage. All the recycling convenience centers are open today.
Private institutions also reopened, including Arthur State Banks which began receiving customers at 11 a.m.
USC Union remained closed Friday, but Dean Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert announced that the campus, which had been closed since Tuesday morning, would reopen Monday with classes resuming their normal schedule.
One of the events canceled due to the storm was the Heart Day Health Fair scheduled for Friday morning at Wallace Thomson Hospital. In a statement released Friday morning, the hospital announced that the health fair had been rescheduled for Friday, March 14 from 7-10 a.m.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.