Daily Progress struck by lightning

6:05pm update: We just remembered that the Daily Progress happened to publish a recent news story about the belief of some fire investigators that 2007 has been a record year for lightning damage. The story, entitled "Fire from the sky, was published August 11 and penned by Rob Seal. Perhaps he angered the rain and thunder gods!

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Subscribers waking up this morning scratched their heads at the absence of the local daily paper. The Daily Progress became a casualty of last night's thunderstorms when its building on Rio Road was struck by lightning around 11:30pm. "Employees felt a bump," says editor McGregor McCance. "It zapped some of our equipment."

No one was hurt, but the pre-press used to make negatives was damaged and the contents for today's issue had to be physically carried up to Culpeper for printing. "The press run started around 7 [am] and probably finished at 9," says McCance. Hence the absence of this morning's paper, which is now hitting the streets, although sans color.

The storm damage isn't over. "We have zero connectivity," says McCance, which means no Internet service or email. "The key issue is a router," and he hopes that repair will get the newspaper up and running again.

And we suspect he's hoping for a slow news day.

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"Subscribers waking up this morning scratched their heads at the absence of the local daily paper."

Did anyone really notice? Head scratching could be due to fleas, ticks, or lice.