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April 24, 2014

Velma storm siren problem fixed

VELMA — A glitch with the storm sirens in Velma has been fixed, but just to be sure a weekly test run of the tornado warning system will sound off at noon Friday, Mayor Shawn Enloe said.

The system malfunctioned recently when a tornado came within about eight miles of Velma.

The sirens couldn’t be turned on remotely by radio and had to be manually activated, Enloe said.

The problem has been solved, he said. The twister touched down briefly near Bray but didn’t do significant damage before it dissipated.

Stephens County sheriff’s dispatchers always will be alerted before the weekly Friday test because they invariably receive calls from citizens worried there may be a tornado approaching, Enloe said.

Besides the weekly storm siren tests, Enloe and members of the Velma Town Council announced at their meeting on Tuesday night that a rabies clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the picnic grounds in the old pavilion.

Pet owners can get their animals vaccinated for $8 and the town will waive its usual $5 fee for new tags. The tag fee waiver will be in place through May.

Velma officials also said they plan to give a break to residents who drive all terrain vehicles and golf carts around town by waiving the town’s usual $25 permit/inspection fee through the month of May, Enloe said.

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