By Jonathan Cannon

By Jonathan Cannon

Herald Democrat

I’ve heard from a number of folks say this was the worst storm they can remember. Herald Democrat Circulation Manager Mike Brezina said, in his 40 years of delivering papers, he’s never seen a storm like this in terms of road conditions. Still that didn’t stop our carriers. From Dec. 6 through Wednesday, despite road conditions, "carriers endeavored to do the best they could with their deliveries," said Brezina.

For many that meant sliding off the road, having to wait to get pulled out of ditches and a rolled van, in one instance. That carrier went on to finish the route after a fresh vehicle arrived. Thankfully, none of the Herald Democrat carriers suffered any serious injuries.

One of the challenges of the storm, said our very tired circulation manager — who, along with Herald Democrat district managers, worked near-round-the-clock hours during the storm and ensuing treacherous conditions — is the amount of time it takes to deliver a route in such road conditions. To drive in those conditions you have to go slowly, very slowly, so a route that normally takes four hours now takes 12.

In some places roads were simply impassable. Ultimately it was a team effort that got an edition printed every day and our customers are a part of that team. You helped us out with coverage by submitting your pictures ( You were also patient with us as we tried our best to serve you and stay as safe as possible. Some customers even took the time to call with concerns about their carrier’s safety.

We’ve had a few days to look back on this experience and evaluate how we can do a better job of providing news to our customers despite the challenges — weather or otherwise — that may arise. For members, there is always the option of the Herald Democrat e-edition, which is already included in your agreement and available at

Happy birthday Tuesday to Shelley Reddell Reeves, Jana Brooks, Don Bills, Cori D. Reed, Lina Nickerson, Jamiya Monique Braxton, Tre Nickerson, Sharon Griffin, Tammy Peters, Dahlia Wiley Doggins, Jaydyn Bullard and Ken and Jennifer Swick, all of Sherman; Maggie McLaren, Cyndi Whitley, Jennifer Davis, Camron Fulce, Nina Matthews, Wilma Sanders and C.D. Simmons, all of Denison; David Killough of Paris; Ricky Tillett and Carolyn King, both of Tom Bean; Lionel Moore of Kaufman; Karol McAfee Hughes of Gordonville; Max Wayne O’Dea of Honey Grove; Tanner Stone of Bells; Dylan Armstrong of Pottsboro; Kim Pruitt of Calera, Okla.; Kaye Johnson of Idabel, Okla.; Kim Pruitt of Colbert, Okla.

Happy anniversary Tuesday to Pete and Cheryl Hickman of Southmayd, 25 years.