February 07, 2007 Edition

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Schools, businesses
close after heavy snow

Martin Crisler (from left), Emily Robert, Jake Robert and Garrett Crisler have a snowball fight during the first snow of the season.
TD Photo ~ Amber Adams

Schools and businesses across the county closed last week after a cold front moved in earlier than expected Wednesday afternoon, bringing the first snow of the season to Lawrence County.

Over two-and-one-half inches of snow fell throughout the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday causing schools to let out early and remain closed through Friday. Many businesses also closed due to road conditions.

Though county roads and highways were covered with packed snow and ice by late Wednesday afternoon, causing numerous accidents throughout the county and across Northeast Arkansas, none had to be closed.

According to judge Alex Latham, the roads were grated fairly quickly.

"I'm proud of my people," he said. "They moved fast to get the roads cleared and everything went well."

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