Flashing Red

This is from a small town newspaper...
The stoplight at the intersection of Main and Twelfth Streets went down Tuesday evening causing motorists to be confused by a four-way stop sign and flashing lights. Guymon's Director of Transportation explained that the part to fix the light was immediately ordered and the light should be working by mid-morning Thursday.

 What is more entertaining about this story:

A) That the "four-way stop sign and flashing lights" confused local motorists; or

B) That the newspaper considered the light malfunction important enough to cover?
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Living in a small community, we find humor in the "hot crimes" and police activity featured in our hometown newspaper (not that I subscribe or anything).

Mailbox vandalism, corn theft, and property damage traffic collisions are all of interest and discussed by the locals. 

After a frustrating drive through construction near our home yesterday, perhaps our local press will educate area drivers with Guymon's traffic story--reinforcing the meaning of flashing red lights at an intersection.
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The photo is from here. 

28 comments:

jinksy said...

Must have been a slow news day! LOL :)

Theresa Milstein said...

The big traffic light-stop sign confusion expose!

My father lives in a small town, and he said if anyone in the town is pulled over for any minor offense, they print it in the local paper.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Four way stops ALWAYS confuse me!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

In a small town I've found that the least amount of change causes the greatest confusion!

Definitely a slow news day too!

souldose said...

An example of a boring town

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
never mind the four-way stop--I want to know about the Corn Rustlers!!

LOL,
Ann T.

Jackie said...

LOL! Oh I miss living in a small town! When 3 cars at the stop sign was a traffic jam and you knew exactly what happened on friday night because everyone tells you the next day...

LOL!

xx
Jaxs

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:

While the *A* answer shouldn't be an issue, that WOULD have to be MY answer, because I see more evidence of people incapable of driving a vehicle than (nonsensical) stories covered by the local media...LOL.

Good post and funny comments.
Love them!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Corn theft? Really?

Elena said...

Haha! Wonder what the folks would do if a roundabout was installed!

LisaF said...

Hey, if the corn is good, I can totally understand the seriousness of this crime! :-D

I agree with Elena. A roundabout could take up the front page for weeks.

Dan said...

You sure you aren't living here. Directly from the local daily paper:
At 8:10 a.m., a deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of C.R. 61 and U.S. Highway 6.

Imagine, a suspicious vehicle on US 6. Must have been the high point of the day.

carma said...

last year our town had two traffic circles made with lots of tax money; they then sent a notice to everyone's home with directions about how to maneuver around the circles and told residents that it would be possible to get a police escort to help them learn how to drive through them;

so you bet this would get top billing in the local newspaper!

Herding Cats said...

I love corn, but really?

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I vote for B!

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, corn theft.

Momma Fargo said...

Love small towns. You can always tell a crime rate by the front page of the local newspaper.

Stephanie Faris said...

That's why small town newspapers are so funny! You would never see something like that in Nashville's paper...instead you see murder and tragedy every day. Sometimes I long for that small town simplicity.

Holly said...

I am amazed at the fact that so many people do not know what to do when they see they flashing lights. I have lived in big towns and small towns and a small town by a big town and what each towns chooses to cover as newsworthy is pretty comical.

Angelia Sims said...

Living in a big city...when the stoplights go out and they put up a four-way stop...it is a take your life in your hands intersection. No one really knows what to do. It's gun it and pray.

It's really cute for a small town news story. That is why I LOVE small towns. :-)

Anonymous said...

flashing red light lolol good thing they are still responsible in keeping their duty esp in emergency cases like this :) ...ermm but i've never been in scenario like thing thx at last.

Anonymous said...

oh god my other comment went as anonymous im sry my mobile restart while im publishing my comment... ermm jeah good thing that flashing red light didnt cause too much troubles n take away lives :)

J. J. in Phila said...

It looks like a nice small town. I like to visit those occasionally.

B.J. Anderson said...

Gotta love small towns. I know I love mine. As for 4-way stops, if both people get there at the same time, the person on the left yields to the person on the right. That's how I always remembered it. Thanks for the post!

terri said...

The police report in our local newspaper is a source of endless entertainment! We haven't had any corn thefts, that I know of, but it's amazing what kinds of things end up being considered newsworthy.

SuziCate said...

Sounds like the small town where I grew up!

Jeanette K. said...

I guess the town should be happy that this is big news :). The story might seem insignificant, but it's great there are still local newspapers and stations that cover the small stories, no matter how minuscule they might seem!

Arlene Pellicane said...

That is very funny!