In Feb. 4 Issue
Last week ended with an unusually deep snowfall which led to the closing of schools, event cancellations, lots of fun in the snow for children of all ages as well as drivers’ frustrations and a trip to jail for one snow plow driver.
Reports varied from 4 to 6 inches of snow blanketed the area, closing schools from Friday through Tuesday.
School Superintendent Scott Pierce pointed out that the issue is not only that all the roads have to be clear enough for busses to lumber safely in and out with their cargo. He said there is a large contingent of inexperienced drivers, the 16 and 17-year-old high school students who also drive the roads when school is in session.
He said the district takes both sets of drivers into consideration when considering when to close school.
It would seem not all those drivers with youthful playfulness remained home when schools were closed. In addition to the myriad calls to police for assistance there were plenty of calls, as one officer put it, of "kids cutting donuts in parking lots."
Even emergency equipment wasn't safe from the effects of the storm. A county snow plow was pulled from the ditch on Ky-619 near the Stephens Ridge intersection, and that was not the only time such a rescue had to be made in the county.
But in Adair County a snow plow ending up in the ditch resulted in its driver going to jail.
Brian Doss, 40, of Columbia was arrested Jan., 29th about 7 p.m. and according to records he was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence 1st offense. Kentucky State Police Trooper Clint Walker reported Doss was operating a snowplow, removing snow for the State Highway Department on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway, when he lost control of the vehicle and slid off of the road. The trooper added that his investigation also revealed that the salt hopper had been lost out of the rear of the truck on another area of the Parkway. Doss was lodged in the Adair County Jail.
There are for the present, no such snowfalls predicted again for this area in the near term.