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Gardner’s Supermarket Owner / Manager Mark Gardner shows an empty bread isle at his store early Wednesday morning as all that remains is one lonely loaf of raisin bread. With a second winter storm expected to hit the Crossroads area on Wednesday afternoon, people flocked to local grocery stores to stock on essential food items. Many Corinth businesses have remained closed since Monday, but Gardner’s and Roger’s Supermarkets stayed open during the day.

Anticipation of not one but two winter storms added up to brisk business for area grocers.

As jugs of milk and loaves of every variety of sandwich bread flew off the shelves, it hasn’t been easy to keep up with the demand. Gardner’s and Roger’s owner/manager Mark Gardner said the suppliers have had difficulty making shipments because of the effects of the storm.

“Fortunately, we got some bread this morning, got a little milk this morning,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “Hopefully, we’ll get a little bit tomorrow. It just depends on how the different companies hit us.”

People really began to raid the store shelves on Saturday, he said, as predictions of a big snowfall were being made. Sunday was also very busy.

While much of the city shut down, the store has stayed open with limited hours, closing at 4 p.m. so workers can get home before dark.

“Monday was pretty light,” said Gardner. “When the sunshine came out yesterday, the people came with it.”

He said shoppers are looking for milk, bread and eggs.

Also, “Any canned good item that you can make soup or chili with – those shelves are pretty empty as well,” he said.

While he was wishing for some rain to melt it all away and get back to the normal routine, the forecast called for snow in the evening with potential accumulations and some snow also possible Thursday morning.

Officials continued to encourage people to stay off the streets if possible, with conditions remaining dangerous since the first storm. Sheriff Ben Caldwell said things had gotten a little more slippery in the county on Wednesday. Police Chief Ralph Dance said no wrecks had been reported in the city through about 3 p.m.

The postal service announced the resumption of normal operations for all 388 ZIP codes, including delivery and retail operations. Hours may vary depending on weather conditions. Mail delivery did not occur on Tuesday.

Schools, etc.

Classes in the Corinth School District and Alcorn School District will be virtual on Thursday. All on-campus activities are off until further notice.

Corinth City Hall will be closed on Thursday.

Branches of the Northeast Regional Library are closed until further notice.

All visitor facilities at the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Shiloh Battlefield are closed Thursday.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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