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Coffee County residents adjust to snow, 'rough' road conditions

It was a little too late for a White Christmas, but for some people in Douglas, a white Jan. 3 was just as cool. / Mary Green

It was a little too late for a White Christmas, but for some people in Douglas, a white Jan. 3 was just as cool.

"It's really fun, and it's really pretty outside," said third-grader Mackie Thomas.

Mackie and her family braved the snow on Wednesday for some donuts from Holt's Bakery, one of the few places that stayed open in downtown Douglas.

"Well, we've been closed for a week for Christmas, and today was officially our day back," Holt's employee Candi Harper said.

Veoliver Curry also stopped by Holt's on Wednesday after he decided not to open his own restaurant, Curry's Wings and Things, that morning.

"I didn't want anybody to have to ride to come to my place to eat," he said.

Wednesday was less about dashing through the snow and more about driving gingerly through it. Coffee County received between 2 and 4 inches of snow and was included in Governor Nathan Deal's state of emergency declaration Tuesday.

"It's pretty rough. A lot of people are not used to it," Douglas resident Rod Swanson said.

Though receiving snow is unusual for Coffee County, some people have dealt with it before.

"Yes, but a long time ago," Harper said. "It's been a long time since we've had this."

"When I was in about 5th grade, I think, that's all," Curry added.

For Mackie and other Coffee County kids who might've not experienced this before, it means some new memories before heading back to school next week.

"I'll try to go outside and maybe build a snowman and play with the snow and stuff," she said. "I think that'd be really fun."

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