January 16, 2013 Edition

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Second round of snow is surprise

John Bland
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Count me as one of those surprised by the Tuesday afternoon snowfall. In a time span of only 30 or so minutes during the lunch hour Tuesday, the roads in Walnut Ridge had became quite slick, and schools around Northeast Arkansas began dismissing early. We heard reports of many vehicles sliding in ditches around the county. Apparently others were also caught off-guard by the amount of snow we received.

We measured two and an eighth inches with more snow still falling late in the afternoon. Dirty piles of snow from the Christmas night blizzard had just melted days earlier before this new snow arrived.

Because of jackknifed 18-wheelers on the highway, several buses in the Sloan-Hendrix School District had to return their students to the school.

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Lawrence County was listed as still suffering from moderate drought conditions, according to a story in last week's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The weekend rains surely brought an end to that status. I had put out our rain gauge Friday night but forgot to move it before the hard freeze Sunday night. When the frozen rain gauge thawed Monday, it measured over three inches of rain, and some people reported more.

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We have received confirmation that the new Miss America, Mallory Hagan, who was crowned Saturday night in Las Vegas, is the great-granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Coleman, who lived in Walnut Ridge. Mr. Coleman served as pharmacist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for many years. Miss Hagan is also the reigning Miss New York.

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I'm sorry that the "Walnut Ridge" people section is abbreviated this week. My mother, Virginia Bland, compiles that news, and she is recovering from a broken hip. She is doing well in rehab and hopes to be home soon. She also is grateful for all the get-well wishes.

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