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Residents begin digging out of ice; mail delivery resumes

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

COVINGTON -- The Covington branch of the U.S. Postal Service was finally able to deliver some mail on Wednesday, after two days of being sidelined due to icy roads.

Covington Carrier Annex Manager Jerry Romero said road conditions had improved enough for trucks to deliver first-class mail from Atlanta to the annex and local carriers were out and about. Mail has been prioritized with first class, priority and Express mail being delivered first, he said.

"There are still bad spots. We're trying to get everything delivered we can, but if it's unsafe, we may miss a few boxes or streets," he said.

The Post Office is contending with four days worth of mail, so there could be a backlog. Romero said some employees will be working Sunday and Monday -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- which is traditionally a federal holiday, to try to catch up.

In other news, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has postponed its annual meeting set for Thursday evening at DeKalb Technical College due to remaining hazardous road conditions and the threat of a freeze that night. The Chamber is sending out e-mail notifications and will reschedule for an as-yet-undetermined date.

Tickets already reserved or purchased can be used at the rescheduled meeting, and anyone who has already paid but can't make the alternate date can request a refund, said Ron Carter, membership director. Secretary of State Brian Kemp was the keynote speaker for the event, and the Chamber is making every attempt to work around his schedule in setting another date, Carter said.

After its Monday opening was delayed by two days due to inclement weather, Porter Memorial Branch Library on Ga. Highway 212 was open for abbreviated hours on Wednesday.

"We knew it was disappointing to people that we weren't able to open on Monday. With the kids out of school today, we wanted to make sure they had a place to go," said Interim Library Director Bob Halcums.

The library was to close at 5 p.m. and will not reopen until Saturday. Regular hours of operation for the Porter Branch are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Covington Branch Library has also been operating on abbreviated hours. Hours of operation are determined daily, depending on weather conditions, Halcums said. Call 770-787-3231 for more information.