School closings mount as ice liners on NC roadways

By Emery P. Dalesio

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 11 2011 3:58 p.m. MST

"The roads are just too bad," Schink, 36, said after deciding to stay home for a second day. Her decision was confirmed when she heard that one of her colleagues at a company that manages 11 convenience stores spun out on her way to work Tuesday, tried to move from her position blocking the road, and wound up in a ditch.

But Jason LaBorde drove 90 miles from Durham to get to his job site in Greenville over roads that were still slick even after most of the ice had melted. LaBorde said he works as a crew chief at an armored car company and couldn't stay home.

"We have a responsibility to service our customers, regardless of the weather," he said.

Blount said she planned ahead for bad weather and was ready in case her husband, son, and her 4-year-old, 23-month-old and 8-month old were cooped up again Wednesday. Over the weekend, Blount said she stocked up on diapers, soups, crackers, and the cheese crucial to the grilled cheese sandwiches that were warming the family.

"It's a nice vacation day. I'm glad to be with my husband," she said.

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