Athens Co Rd 57, S Rodehaver Rd CLOSED Lottridge Rd to Young Rd Tue, 01/24/17, 8AM to 2:30PM, please avoid this area

Athens Co Road Closed

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will be closing Athens County Road 57, South Rodehaver Road from County Road 53, Lottridge Road to Township Road 107, Young Road in Carthage Township, Tuesday, January 24th from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM.  The roadway is being closed for culvert replacement.  Please avoid this area.

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Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as a January, 2017 Crime of the Month

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The following incident has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as a January, 2017 Crime of the Month. The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to criminal acts which occurred within the City.   

On November 17, 2016, the Athens Police Department responded to the victim’s residence where he provided details of being robbed. On this date near 3:30 AM, the victim stated he was walking around the uptown area (S Court St) when he was approached by two black males, one wearing a red jacket and the other one wearing a gray one.  The victim stated one of the black males brandished a pocket knife and ordered him to provide them his valuables.  The victim fled the area after being physically assaulted.

On December 20, 2016, the Athens Police Department responded to the Dollar General located at 1016 E. State St. On this date at approximately 12:00 AM, an unknown white male forcibly entered the store and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The Nelsonville Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to a criminal act which occurred within the City.

On January 11, 2017 at approximately 11:30 PM, the Nelsonville Police Department responded to the Victorian Village apartment complex which is located at 325 S. Harper St. On this date, two white males were observed carrying a coin machine out of the laundry room at the complex.  Once outside the building, the males dropped the coin machine which attracted the attention of people in the complex.  The males quickly placed the coin machine in the trunk of a red vehicle and fled the area.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward.  **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.

Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also, visit our website at www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month. Postings can also be viewed on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.  Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

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Nelsonville boil order CANCELED for entire City, Buchtel and York Township water customers

Nelso Boil Order Canceled

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has canceled the boil order for the entire City and the Village of Buchtel and York Township water customers. We would like to thank those affected by this incident for their patience and understanding.

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BOIL ORDER for ALL Nelsonville water customers, Buchtel, York Twp until further notice, may experience discolored water

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order for the entire City and the Village of Buchtel and York Township water customers until further notice. Nelsonville Water Department crews will be flushing fire hydrants beginning tonight, January 13, 2017 thru Sunday, January 15, 2017. Areas that are serviced by the Nelsonville water system may experience discolored water. If you experience discolored water, allow water to run until it clears. Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:

  • Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
  • Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
  • To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
  • Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
  • Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
  • Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
  • To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
  • Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
  • Dispose of ice cubes.
  • When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
  • It is also recommended you sanitize hands when washing. Again, use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
  • Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.
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Bern Township Rd 545, Mullen Hill Rd CLOSED, road be closed, SR329 to Tic Ridge Rd until further notice, avoid this area

Road Closed

The Bern Township Trustees have CLOSED Mullen Hill Road, Bern Township Road 545 until further notice. The roadway will be closed between State Route 329 and Tic Ridge Road. The roadway is being closed due to road way damage making it impassable to vehicular traffic.  Please avoid this area.

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FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR ATHENS CO FROM 11PM FRI, 1/13/17 UNTIL 4PM SAT, 1/14/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER

Freezing Rain Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM FRIDAY 1/13/17 UNTIL 4 PM SATURDAY 1/14/17.

  • HAZARD TYPES – FREEZING RAIN.
  • ICE ACCUMULATIONS – AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH.
  • TIMING – FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING.
  • IMPACTS – SLIPPERY ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES WILL FREEZE FIRST.
  • TEMPERATURES – 30 TO 35 F.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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Ohio EMA Offers Safe Room Rebate Program for Ohioians

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program is once again accepting applications. The program provides a rebate for the purchase and construction/installation of tornado safe rooms for Ohio homeowners selected for the program.

“The entire state of Ohio is at risk of an EF5 tornado, which produces 250 mile per hour winds capable of destroying most structures,” said Steve Ferryman, Ohio EMA mitigation branch chief. “A safe room is built to withstand these winds and resulting airborne debris and provides near absolute protection for occupants.”

A safe room is an extreme-wind shelter or space that provides protection to people during a tornado. It can be constructed/installed in one of several places in the home: in the basement, beneath a concrete slab-on-grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor. A safe room may also be buried in the yard or be a stand-alone structure near your home.

Residents selected for the program are eligible for a rebate up to 75 percent of the cost to install or construct a safe room – up to a maximum of $4,875. To apply for the Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program, homeowners have until 5 p.m. March 10, to register on the Ohio EMA website: https://ohiosharpp.ema.state.oh.us/SafeRoom2016/2017.aspx.

The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program will use a computerized random selection process to select applicants. A priority list of applicants will be created from the selected applicants. Chosen homeowners will be notified by e-mail of their position on the priority list on or after March 13. Ohio EMA anticipates grant funding will become available this year and having a list of participants who meet program requirements will expedite the rebate process.

Funding for the rebate program is through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Ohio homeowners would be responsible for 25 percent of the construction costs and any additional costs over the 75 percent maximum rebate of $4,875.

Safe rooms must meet FEMA requirements in FEMA publications 320 and 361, and cannot be constructed/installed prior to the rebate drawing and notification from Ohio EMA to proceed with construction. Ohio EMA plans to offer this rebate program on an annual basis. When and if HMA funding becomes available, the amount of funding will determine the number of rebates.

If, after visiting the Ohio EMA website, interested people have questions, they should call Jacob Hoover at 614.799.3538.

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WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 4 AM WED, 1/11/17, WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE!

Wind Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY FOR ATHENS COUNTY WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM WEDNESDAY, 1/11/17.

  • WINDS – SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
  • TIMING – THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE ALONG AND JUST BEHIND A LINE OF SHOWERS THAT WILL CROSS THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AND WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA THROUGH THE LATE-NIGHT HOURS.
  • IMPACTS – STRONG WIND GUSTS COULD CAUSE TREE DAMAGE. THIS COULD LEAD TO POWER OUTAGES AND BLOCKED ROADWAYS. STRONG CROSSWINDS MAY BE EXPERIENCED WHILE DRIVING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS GUSTS OF 46 MPH OR GREATER ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

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Athens Co snow emergency canceled, drive carefully some hazardous conditions may still exist in remote areas of county

Drive-Safely

The snow emergency for Athens County has been canceled. Please drive carefully some hazardous road conditions may still exist in remote areas of the county.

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Athens Co LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways hazardous, blowing, drifting snows, icy, drive very cautiously!

Snow Emergency 1

Athens County is under a LEVEL 1 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

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