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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Winter weather strikes; schools respond to icy conditions

  • Freezing rainfall and ice hindered many folks in Helena-West Helena Tuesday as temperatures fell into the upper 20s creating icy roads and walkways.
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  • Freezing rainfall and ice hindered many folks in Helena-West Helena Tuesday as temperatures fell into the upper 20s creating icy roads and walkways. According to Suzann McCommon, chief officer of the Helena-West Helena School District, reported that as a precaution classes at Central High School were let out early due to the icy rainfall and the freezing temps, causing black ice on many of the roadways and bus rider drop offs. “Parents lined up to pick up their early dismissed students during the busy lunch hour causing heavy traffic that was directed by Helena-West Helena Police Chief Uless Wallace,” commented McCommon. According to McCommon, Wallace has been working as volunteer at the high school and saw that there was a need to direct traffic during the busy lunch hour. “We are grateful to his services within the community and our school system. He saw something that needed to be done and he was able to get everyone directed safely to their destinations,” noted McCommon. Barton, KIPP and DeSoto Schools also dismissed early and some businesses shut down operations for the day.
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