February 03, 2010 Edition

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Snow is picnic
after ice storm

John Bland
Publisher

The freezing precipitation and snow that began Thursday night and continued through Friday is no doubt one of the biggest snows our area has seen in over 15 years and maybe much longer. On our patio table, we measured exactly seven inches, but some of that snow could have blown away. We know there were higher depths than seven inches and the drifts were much deeper.

The snow resulted in slowed travel, caused some inconveniences, closed schools and cancelled some events and church services. However, when compared to the ice storm and power outage of late January and early February of 2009, this snow has been a picnic.

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During the late 1970s northern Arkansas recorded deep snowfalls during several winters in a row. I also remember a low temperature of minus 10 degrees during January of 1985. It was so cold that gauges at the Walnut Ridge City Water Works froze, and some parts of town, frozen pipes or not, were without water.

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Thank you to everyone who shared photos with us of their snowmen, igloos, sledders and snow scenes. We have received many good photos, and our only regret is that we have received more than space allows for printing. We urge you to continue sending us your newsworthy photos.

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This year, the Lawrence County School District has been using the AlertNow system to notify families by phone if school will be closed. A recorded message is sent to the phone number of the parents' or guardians' choice. Other area schools may also have this as well. We like it.

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The new family room at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center is worth seeing. The "300 Family Room" was formerly the 300-hall dining room and is located just beyond the entrance with the canopy covered drive-through. The newly redecorated and furnished room was the site of a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event last Wednesday. This attractive room allows residents to visit with family and friends or have celebrations and gatherings without disturbing their roommates. Along with tables and chairs, the room features comfortable sitting areas. The wall art and furnishings are especially nice.

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