Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call from the newsroom noting that a healthcare facility called and said they were advised by Entergy that the power would be shut off from 9 p.m. until 1a.m. Wednesday morning. After confirming this with Entergy, I posted the warning on Facebook.

Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call from the newsroom noting that a healthcare facility called and said they were advised by Entergy that the power would be shut off from 9 p.m. until 1a.m. Wednesday morning. After confirming this with Entergy, I posted the warning on Facebook.

And the war began. Some people in Phillips County showed their true colors amidst one of the most confusing un-events the city has seen in recent history. As the news hit Facebook, some citizens blew up phone lines to Entergy to see if there was any truth to it.

While some citizens were told that power would be shut off, some were told that it would not be. Some that were told it would be shut off never lost power. Some that lost power were told they would not. In short, we did what we felt was the best practice and warn the entire community to be prepared.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning. Some that did not loose power were upset that they did not loose power. Rumors were abundant and some of the most hateful people showed their true colors. Instead of taking the Facebook post as a warning to prepare, some began loosing their minds. I hear of panic attacks that occurred. I heard of some people swearing and cursing that they did not loose power when the paper said they would. It was one of the most bizarre episodes. We have been accused of irresponsible journalism, among several other colorful choice words.

It is no wonder that the community is in the shape it is in now. Some people will find every reason to complain and most will not lift a finger to make the community a better place to live. It is times like this that some people's true self shines through the facade of normalcy and absurdness abounds.

It was a horrifying experience to watch the hate pour off the Internet. I have said so many times that the biggest asset to this community is the awesome people here. Some of those same awesome people were among the most hateful I have seen in my life Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

To move forward with the multitude of city-enhancing projects and the increase in tourism to the community, the hate must be shelved and dealt with in a less public forum. Step back and look at the situation. The paper said we might loose power. We did not loose power. I am mad at the paper because they said we would loose power and we didn't. Power did in fact go out in some places in the city, rather than the entire city.

This event showed just how quick people are to express hate publicly. Perhaps Helena has a lot further to go than I thought.