According to CNN on Feb. 13, the sheriff in Georgia pronounced there will be no Valentine's Day for residents of northern Georgia especially for those live north of Interstate 16 and have to drive to get a gift.
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry has designated northern Georgia a "NO VALENTINES DAY ZONE" in a post on the department's Facebook page.
He indicated that men are "exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until Feb. 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain."
Of course, what the sheriff did was all in fun. However, by rescheduling Valentine's Day to next Tuesday would give the ice storm-battered region time to get roads back to normal and make Valentine's Day a safer event.
Sheriff Berry had another reason for announcing there will be no Valentine's Day in northern Georgia. Even though it sounds like a safety measure, he wanted to cheer up his deputies.
The pronouncement was something to give deputies something to smile about. Deputies have been practically snowed in at the office for a marathon 34-hour shift and have experienced boredom.
Some wives were unimpressed and said the pronouncement didn't apply to them. Some women who saw the Facebook post lined up to playfully oppose the sheriff's order.
Other women warned: "You knew the day was coming, and you knew the weather forecast. You should've planned ahead."
The good news is that Sheriff Berry's suggestion was just a joke. Valentine's Day will be celebrated in Georgia just as in other place even though most of the country is dealing with ice and snow.