W is for winter wonderland. On December 5th a major ice storm hit portions of Arkansas. My hometown of Mena, Arkansas and the surrounding areas were particularly hard hit. Freezing rain coated the trees and power lines. Many branches and snapped off from the weight of the ice and entire trees were uprooted and fell over. The resulting damage to power lines caused everyone in our area to be without electricity. We were fortunate to have our power restored in 24 hours, but many people in the area were still without power 6 days later. There were hundreds of power company trucks in our area working long hours trying to restore electricity to those without power.
Though there was widespread property damage, the ice storm created a fairy tale world. Here are some photos that I took near my home on the day after the storm.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.