Lightning Strike Delays Roanoke Paper’s Delivery

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(AP) The Roanoke Times lost power during a severe thunderstorm Monday night, forcing a delay in the delivery of its Tuesday morning newspapers.

The loss of power to the press required The Times to electronically transfer its news and advertising files to its sister newspaper, The News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. The papers were trucked back to Roanoke after they were printed on the Greensboro presses, arriving in time for distribution around 11:30 a.m., said Nan Mahone, a spokeswoman for the Roanoke paper.

Carole Tarrant, managing editor of The Times, said the news staff had completed its work on Tuesday’s edition before strong thunderstorms and lightning moved through the Roanoke area in the early evening.

Mahone said The Times’ press, which is only two years old, was back in operation early Tuesday afternoon.

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