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Raw Chatter

The snow that fell across McDuffie and Warren counties was simply beautiful on Feb. 12 and 13.

Estimates of the snowfall locally ranged from three to six inches -- the biggest amount of snowfall to blanket East Central Georgia since 1973 when between 14 and 17 inches fell.

The latest snow to fall around here seemed to have put people in a great mood. Amazing that some of us just needed a little something different in our lives to change our moods.

I, for one, relished it!

And as a journalist, I knew it would create the opportunity for an assortment of stories and wonderful photographs.

At The Mirror, my colleague, Lynn Davidson and I began preparing for the winter storm a couple of days before it actually arrived. Weather experts had announced prior to the weekend that this area was expected to receive measurable amounts of snow. They later posted a Winter Storm Watch for the two counties covered by our newspaper. That watch later was changed to a warning.

Once that happened, I knew that snow was coming. I then began preparations as to how we would cover it, since it's an event that doesn't happen around these parts except every six to eight years or so. The planning worked great and we were able to capture this year's big snowfall in stories and in photographs -- the most in-depth coverage of any newspaper in this area.

I took pride in being part of the successful coverage we provided.

Most of all, I enjoyed going out and interviewing children and adults who we happened upon playing out in the snow. I also enjoyed seeing all the snowmen that were built. Several of them were very creative.

When the snow first began falling, I happened to have been standing at the front door of the newspaper and informed other staff members. I was as thrilled as a child, because we never get to see much snow.

My Mama was equally as happy to see the snow, because she loves it. For years, she has told her five children and friends that she's just like a child when it snows -- all excited.

She really was!

While it was lots of fun for many, others were very busy keeping the roads and bridges in McDuffie County as safe as possible for motorists. Those dedicated county employees included Eric Reisinger, director of the county roads and bridges department, as well as Rusty Allen, Brian Youngblood, Curtis Evans, Jesse Brown, Tim Folston and Jonathan Hadden.

Those men did an admirable job.

Personnel with the Georgia Department of Transportation also performed in an outstanding manner.

And so did our emergency personnel in both McDuffie and Warren counties. Those persons included ambulance personnel and firefighters/first responders in the cities of Thomson and Warrenton, too. Police officers and deputies in both cities and counties also did a super job, as did troopers with the Georgia State Patrol.

Web posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010

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