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Road conditions, weather grip county again

Another patch of wintry weather has had a chock-hold on Van Buren County again.

Once again, schools were closed, businesses and offices shut down and wrecks and power outages were reported.

“We had as many as 1,045 meters offline with seven known broke poles,” Petit Jean Electric’s Dale Smith said last week in an e-mail. “As we were putting some lines on others were going off.”

Areas including Fairfield Bay, Clinton, Cleveland and Center Ridge experienced outages due to the icy conditions, Smith said. The last problem areas were Guy and Quitman, he said.

After missing 13 days of school due to road conditions this year, Clinton School District buses this week began to run snow routes, dropping more than a dozen roads from pick up. The Shirley School District also ran snow routes.

Clinton School Superintendent Scott Jones said in a pre-recorded message to parents last week that the district was working on ways to make up the time lost to weather and road conditions. He stressed that the safety of staff and students would outweigh holding a school day anytime.

Tuesday the sun began shining and forecasts for the weekend call for warming temperatures.

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