In preparation for the winter storm, my family and I went to grab some groceries Monday. Not long after getting home, Tina and I backed the cars in and then covered them with tarps, thinking that we could just drive out into the road and onward to work the next day. WRONG.


In preparation for the winter storm, my family and I went to grab some groceries Monday. Not long after getting home, Tina and I backed the cars in and then covered them with tarps, thinking that we could just drive out into the road and onward to work the next day. WRONG.

Fellow Neosho Daily News staff writer Wes Franklin came to our house Monday night. On Tuesday, after uncovering the cars and trying to start driving, that is when it hit. We got stuck. Trying again and again, we ended up just walking.

Now I live about a mile and a half away from the Daily News, while Tina works just down the street at Freeman Neosho Hospital.

Wes and I walked down Jefferson Street then to Big Spring Park, up the hill and then eventually to Valley Street and then to the Daily. It took us around 35 minutes.

It wasn’t a bad walk, just cold and only about two inches of snow on the ground. As the day went on, there came more snow and more wind chills.

After putting out Tuesday and Wednesday’s editions, it was time to walk home. Wes planned out the route taking us all the way down to the Newton County Sheriff’s Department and then up to Jefferson. The walk was a little bit longer, but it was better to stay on the major roadway. Tina and Lynn had dinner ready for us as we walked in the door.

On Wednesday, we stayed home for the most part, other than walking down to the Square. Later in the night, I walked down to the hospital to walked with Tina to walk with her back up the road.

Today, dressed in literally two sets of clothes, Wes and I walked to work again, hoping along the way that the weather will hit a magical mark of 80 degrees to melt this stuff off. Oh well, even 40 degrees sounds pretty good right now.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodailynews.com.