"Even with poor facilities, sporadic attendance and, by today's standards, ill-equipped teachers, you felt you were doing something good. We taught kids to read, spell, write and do math in only 4-5 months a year.
Like most folks I know, we weren't really prepared for the magnitude of damage left in the wake of this week's ice storm. We were warned. We saw it coming. But none were prepared for the walloping blow that landed on the Augusta area.
My sister's figure leaning against the mantel in my bedroom startled me awake. The blue glow of her phone illuminated her face in the dark. She was checking her messages. I sat up and said, "What are you doing?" She didn't answer.
Crumpled trees and collapsed power lines left about 85 percent of Columbia County residents without power on Thursday, which had swarms of Georgia Power and other utility crews struggling to restore service.
Columbia County school officials announced this afternoon that all school will remained closed Thursday because of the icy conditions on county roads.
All after school activities also are cancelled, according to a news release.