January 2, 2013 Edition

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White Christmas and much more

John Bland

Christmas 2012 will be remembered as the Christmas of the blizzard in Arkansas. The blizzard designation was a first in our memories, and our weather truly did fit the definition of one.

When officials urge you to stay home unless absolutely necessary, I've learned to respect that warning. I felt that it was necessary for me to get to the office last Wednesday, the morning after our big snow. It was our press day, and we had a vanload of newspapers to distribute to area stores and to the Post Office for our subscribers.

I'm not sure if the Delta 88 I was driving got stuck or was just buried, but I do appreciate Roger Brand for pulling the car out with his big truck and chain.

I was grateful for the small crew who helped mail out and distribute The TD. However, I was equally thankful that those who couldn't get here stayed home. We couldn't have been much help to them had they gotten stranded.

The National Weather Service said Lawrence County was part of a band that received from 10 to 14 inches of snow. I would say it was closer to 10 to 12 inches. With high winds, there were tall drifts, as well as a thick coat of snow sticking to the sides of buildings and trees.

Relatives and friends in Little Rock have reported power outages ranging from 20 hours to over four days, so we are very fortunate that didn't happen here. After the 2009 ice storm, most of us in this area still feel a touch of pain at the thought of a power outage.

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