The Star Democrat




Today’s Birthdays: Country musician Joey Miskulin (Riders in the Sky) is 73 Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 72 Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbir­ds) is 71 Singer Jett Williams is 69 Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 67 World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 65 Actor Scott Bryce is 64


Virginia officials defending their response to a blizzard that stranded hundreds of motorists along a major interstate highway said conditions for the gridlock were caused by a combinatio­n of unusually heavy snowfall, plunging temperatur­es and a rainy start that kept them from pretreatin­g the roads (Page A2)


As COVID-19 cases surge locally and statewide, the Dorchester County Health Department has expanded free drive-thru testing to Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a m. to noon on both days, weather permitting and with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr Day on Jan 17 (Page A3)

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