Weather in this area of the state is so localized that low clouds may be laying down a layer of ice on roads in one end of the county while only a cold rain covers the roadways in another section only a few miles away.
That variance makes the decision of calling off school even more difficult for LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders.
Helping him, however, to obtain the best possible and most timely advice on road conditions are Phil Fulkerson, director of transportation and maintenance, Ronald Whitlock, area transportation director, and Nathan Wheeler, head mechanic, who when ice or snow threatens, arise around 3 a.m. to inspect road surfaces.
Each man travels to different areas of the county where buses cover almost 2,000 miles of road daily along 37 routes.
Fulkerson checks out the Maxine area and southern part of the county. Whitlock inspects the Levelwoods, Ball Hollow, Mt. Sherman-Ward Road area, and Wheeler travels the Roanoke area and northern part of the county.