Old School, Schools Out! - 12/10/13

  I live in Sumner County and got up at 5:00a.m. to see if my oldest had to go to school today because of the snow.  I turned the tv on to Fox 17 and there scrolling at the bottom of the screen were the school closings.  Being impatient before it got to Sumner County, I already had the I-Pad opened and had the full list at my fingertips at fox17.com.

  After I walked upstairs to tell my teenager she could turn her alarm off and relax, school had been cancelled, I turned on the radio to help me get back to sleep.  As I listened, I remember when I was a child growing up in Kentucky.  The radio was how we found out whether we had school.  There are 120 counties in Kentucky and a big snow event meant a long list of counties provided by the Associated Press.  The radio stations read them county after county.  Sometimes it would take several minutes to get through them all.

  I couldn't help but smile as I thought about that.  If you tuned in late, you'd have to wait for the next school closing list to be read at the bottom of the hour.  The old days certainly stand out in my memory but it sure is convenient to go to the web and get the information you're looking for in seconds.  You can be back under the covers and back to sleep which is exactly what I did this morning. 

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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