Storm causes havoc in north part of county

With the exception of a few intermittent flickers, there was no major loss of power service within Peabody city limits.

Citizens served by cable provider Allegiance were out of service until Thursday and some computer servers had trouble keeping their customers hooked to the Internet.

Rural families adjacent to the Peabody area were less fortunate, with some still reporting power outages as this is being written.

USD 398 canceled classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday because of road conditions.

"We thought we might go ahead and hold classes Thursday," said Peabody-Burns Superintendent Rex Watson. "But we drove the (country) roads Wednesday night before making a decision and the north-south roads were still ice covered and terribly slick."

The weather also interrupted completion of the PBHS pre-season basketball tournament. On Friday athletic director Ray Savage noted, "I really can't publish a makeup schedule until we see what this next front (Friday night) is going to do. We might play this coming weekend or the tournament may not continue until next week. We just don't know."

Below freezing temperatures didn't deter vandals who made the rounds between Wednesday night and Thursday morning to damage or completely destroy 13 Christmas displays in town.

Peabody police officers are investigating the damage.