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Keep on rockin’ in the (electricity-) free world

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: December 16, 2007

Posting was light from me on Friday, and I apologize, but I was out in the state working on a story about some folks in Carney, Oklahoma that ran in today’s paper.

Carney is a little town that was hit hard by the ice storm. Driving through, it looked like a tornado had come through and just missed all the houses.

Some folks found lodging in other cities where the power had already returned, but a lot of Carney residents stayed right where they are to take care of their town and the people in it.

The hot-spot — literally, since they have a generator working — is the Carney Fire Department. Some people sleep there and many stop by throughout the day for a hot meal. They were making chili while I was there.

With reports that power might not return to Carney until after Christmas, I took note of what they had done to make life bearable inside the station. The kitchen was pumping out food. Cell phone chargers snaked out of every available outlet.

And, standing next to the TV, was one of these:

Guitar Hero

Because the outage be damned, those kids were going to play some Guitar Hero.

– Greg Elwell

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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