This Valentine’s Day started out at 10 degrees on our thermometer at 7 a.m., and now shortly after noon it has not gotten but a degree or two higher. That is expected to keep going down and snow is predicted before the day is done.

The messy and icy weather started here last Wednesday when freezing rain fell causing all kinds of danger to folks either on their feet or wheels.

Get well wishes go to all those who are battling bad colds and related issues. And especially to those who have tested positive to the virus.

Alan and Johnnie Richey drove to Little Rock early last Wednesday morning where Johnnie had surgery at UAMS to replace the controller/battery pack for the DBS (deep brain stimulator) he had implanted in 2017. They ran into freezing rain before they got to Little Rock, but were able to return home after the surgery without too much difficulty.

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Billy Doug Bennett, former resident of Strawberry, who died last week. Memorial services were held Sunday afternoon at Cave City Missionary Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and son, Roger Bennett.

Some church services were canceled Wednesday night due to the slick roads. And from the forecast we have gotten today, they may have to be canceled again this week. Snow is supposed to start tonight (Sunday) and continue on.

Our oldest great-grandchild turned 10 this past week. Makynli Claire Lomax, who lives at Paragould and attends Greene County Tech School, celebrated on Feb. 12. The icy roads called off her birthday celebration.

Let us hope the weather gets warmer and the virus is harnessed so people can get together freely once again. And a big thank you to Debbie for helping get this to the paper when I can’t get online myself.

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