Dealing with Hurricane Irma

By: By Connie Porter - Contributing Columnist
Charles Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter talks about Hurricane Irma and its local impact.

Well, we were lucky with Hurricane Irma. My phone is out, but the lights stayed on.

Somewhere around Hwy. 105 and around Chuck’s home in Adamsburg lost power. Chuck’s was about an hour and a half. But Hwy. 105 was after midnight. Probably trees falling on lines.

Truvista didn’t find anything wrong outside with my phone lines. Maybe the jacks, he said. But I had to work so I’ll get him back another time. I think the problem might be at the telephone exchange like it was last time. But nobody asked me.

Anyway if you call my house it will ring at your end and at my end, but all I hear is static. The internet keeps going off also. But we shouldn’t complain about anything, and pray that the hurricane victims have help putting their lives back together.

I got a phone call from one of the men in this town who hasn’t lived here during hurricane season, but lives here now. He called a few days before the storm was to hit here and seriously asked me if we were supposed to evacuate. His friends up north called him and told him he needed to pack up his stuff and get up there, or they were coming down here to get him. I told him just to sit on his porch and watch the wind blow the rain down the road. He stayed!

Cleaning Up

I spent Labor Day cutting bushes and took about 10 loads up my hill into the woods.The bushes didn’t wear me out, it was that steep hill I had to climb. Then I found out that Labor Day meant a day of rest for laborers. How did I miss that one?!

On Tuesday, Gina looked out and said, “Oh there’s Chuck cutting those dead ferns that somebody sprayed on our lower hill.” Then she looked up and said, “Well there’s Chuck” “Two Chucks” — One was Marvin, but it’d been so long since she saw them she didn’t realize how much they looked alike. I was just shocked that Chuck came back to do it. Gina and I had just carried 4 more loads of bushes up the hill. Chuck said that he told me he’d be back (to pick the bushes up). But I told him he tells me he’ll be back all the time and I never see him.

Homecomings And Reunions

Lots of Church Homecomings and Family Reunions. Lockhart Freewill had one last weekend. Jeremy said the Lockhart First Baptist will have theirs this weekend, and Wilksburg is having theirs and the sign says 120 years. Wesley Chapel is this Sunday. Last Sunday the Montgomery Reunion was held there, and next weekend, the Webber’s will have one. Chuck is looking forward to some more free meals.

Rock Hill

I won’t be in the shop on Sunday, Sept. 24. It’s that time of year again to go to York Tech and sit in class for the day to be able to renew my Cosmetology license. I really enjoy the Rock Hill class so much better than Spartanburg. For one the parking at the Marriot is crazy,and I even had trouble finding where I parked one time. At York Tech you’re just out in the open parking lot. And the people are friendlier. We’re all hairdressers, but some are higher class and let you know it. They may be that way in Rock Hill but everyone is treated equal. That’s all the nastiness I have about that.

Support Group

If you call failures experiments, you can put them in your resume and claim them as achievements. A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job. Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.


Gina and I won free tickets for a movie, while watching a free ticket movie, a few weeks ago. How great is that, this was at the Spartan 16. So the first free movie was Bodyguard Hitman, or vice versa, full of action with Samuel Jackson, I enjoyed it. So the only movie we hadn’t seen was Logan Lucky with Tatum Channing, something like that. I’m glad it was free, confusing and boring. There was a lot of famous actors in bit parts in it, but it won’t win an Oscar.

Well, as you can see my life is boring, but I wanted to touch base with you, and apologize for not writing every week. If you would call me with some news I’d have more to write.

Well, I’ll say good night and my number is 1-864-545-6652.

Charles Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter talks about Hurricane Irma and its local impact. Warner | The Union Times In this week’s “News Around Lockhart” column, Connie Porter talks about Hurricane Irma and its local impact.
News Around Lockhart

By Connie Porter

Contributing Columnist