February 11, 2009 Edition

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WBC reopens after
nearly two weeks

Workers remove fallen limbs from in front of the Mabee Student Center on the Williams Baptist College campus.
Williams Baptist College missed nearly two weeks of classes due to the recent ice storm and resulting power outage. Most of the campus received electricity Feb. 3, with the south side of the college restored last Wednesday morning.

"This was a storm of historic proportions, and it is hard to overstate the damage and disruption it has caused," said Williams President Dr. Jerol Swaim. "We are very thankful to the utility crews and to WBC's own employees for their diligence in getting us through this difficult time."

In addition to having to ready buildings that were without power for a week, there was also significant tree damage on the campus, according to Swaim.

JPs discuss recent storm

David Burnette, Entergy's customer service manager for Lawrence County, updated the Lawrence County Quorum Court Monday on recent efforts to restore power locally.

Utilities update status

Craighead Electric personnel continue to work long hours to restore electricity to Lawrence County. On Tuesday linemen were working on restoring power along Highway 412 from Walnut Ridge to Portia, as well as in other areas.

Ice storm binds together
residents of WR Manor

After the recent ice storm, no one wants to see another natural disaster in Lawrence County for a very long time. However, should one occur, the residents at Walnut Ridge Manor will know what to do to take care of themselves and how to have a good time in the process.

Schools reopen after outages

Lawrence County Schools are back in session following the ice storm, which downed power lines and caused a countywide blackout.

Cleanup continues
in storm aftermath

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management has established a call center to collect data from individuals about the impact of the ice storm on their lives. The center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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