Devonte Hickman was among those digging out Tuesday morning following the latest snow. Hickman, however, wasn’t shoveling from around his own car. He was instead helping Nijah King get to her car.
“I volunteered,” said Hickman. “I say any man that’s got a girlfriend or woman should not have to have their woman come outside to shovel snow.”
King wanted to dig out her car even though she didn’t have anywhere to go.
“I was just hoping I wouldn’t have to go to work this morning because I work at a day care. Then when she called and said we didn’t have work today I was excited, but you still had to come out and shovel all this snow to get your car out,” she said.
After the car was shoveled out, King had plans mapped out for the remainder of the day.
“Sitting in the house and watching movies,” she said.
That sounded like a plan to Hickman.
“I ain’t going to complain,” he said.
While King’s work place was closed, Patricia Smith was planning to report to work at the Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled. That’s why she was digging out a path down an alley in order to reach Center Street.
“I have to be at work this afternoon at 3 o’clock so I’ve got to get out. I’m shoveling from where I’m parked at to the street, which is kind of a long way, but I can do it. I’ll make it,” she said, who had already been digging for an hour-and-a-half.
Smith was pacing herself.
“I’m working a little bit and then taking a rest, then working a little bit. Little by little it’s getting done. It’s a long ways,” she said.
At the corner of South Third Street and Broadway, Tony Jeffries could be found cleaning the sidewalk around his business - Hannibal ATA Martial Arts - even though he said it wouldn’t be open Tuesday.
“We go by the Hannibal schools. If they cancel school we usually cancel classes. Hopefully if things go good they’ll be back in school tomorrow (Wednesday) and we’ll have classes tomorrow night,” said Jeffries.
Helping inspire Jeffries to shovel was the sight of Street Department and Parks Department personnel cleaning Broadway.
“I’m loving it,” he said. “That’s why I’m out here, trying to get all this snow moved off so they can haul it away for me.”
Page 2 of 2 - Once he was done shoveling, Jeffries planned to “go in and relax.”
Everyone pushing a shovel noted a difference between the latest snow and that which fell last Thursday.
“It’s a heavy snow,” said Jeffries.
“Last week’s was dry and kind of fluffy,” said Smith. “This stuff is heavy and wet. Added on to the other, it’s really wet at the bottom.”
“Last week’s snow was worse,” said Hickman.
“This snow is better,” added King. “It’s wetter and not so dry.”