Some 'Southerners' venture out in search of a hot meal

Posted January 22

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— State officials encouraged residents to stay off the roads Friday due to the winter weather, but not everyone listened.

Plenty of people who lived within walking distance of local businesses, that opened their doors to patrons, ventured out for a hot lunch.

Some snuggled up to a fire at The Station on Person Street.

Andrew Swanson cleared off his car this morning. He and a friend were in search of something to eat and were not deterred by the winter weather.

"I know we are Southerners, so there are a lot of people who don't know how to drive," he said. "So, they tell those people to stay off the roads, but we will be fine."

Others said they did not want to take a chance on the roads. They packed up their kids into a stroller and went out in search of a hot meal.


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  • Ann Ethridge Jan 23, 2016
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    These are the people who get on my last nerve. Hard headed and going to do what they want to do. How selfish! People need to realize that when you make choices it can affect first responders. They have families and lives too. They risk their lives to help out a selfish person who refused to heed warnings. I am so over these types of people. I believe if you fail to listen then you should sink or swim on your own! --signed the sister of a 1st responder!

  • Jacob Smith Jan 23, 2016
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    Could not agree more - a rather pointless story with a headline aimed to dis southerners.

  • Janet Ghumri Jan 23, 2016
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    Ron, I am glad to hear you say that there is no way to get good at driving on ice. I have lived here my whole life, and I get so tired of people who are from more northern climates making fun and complaining about drivers in the south. The last thing anyone needs is an inexperienced, nervous driver trying to get around on icy roads.
    Usually with any winter storm we get a layer of ice, and most of us just don't drive around in it. Leave the roads clear for those wonderful men/women who must get to work. If you aren't a doctor, nurse, EMT, police officer, utility worker,etc. Just stay home.

  • Ron Coleman Jan 23, 2016
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    I was born, raised and lived in Vermont for 50 years and the only reason I am a better driver in snow than someone that lived in the south all their life is because I had a lot more practice. Now as far as driving on ice I don't care where your from driving on ice is treacherous and their is no way to get good at it but you can get good at reading the road and adjust your speed according to your ability and what you are knowing what is under your tires and we used real winter tires.

  • Aaron Whaley Jan 23, 2016
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    And you sir, Mr. Swanson are a part of the problem. I grew up driving on ice and snow in the Mid-West. However I have enough COMMON SENSE to stay off the roads around here in inclement weather.

  • Craig Elliott Jan 22, 2016
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    What was the point of this story? And what was the purpose of single quotes in the title ('Southerners')?