Peebles Elementary hosts PBIS showcase NAES student starting Christmas Card project Try and tell them that nobody cares Senior Profile: Ethan Thompson 15-point lead vanishes, Hounds fall in season opener Deer Gun Season results down all across Ohio Hometown Christmas in Peebles rings in the holiday season Manchester Elementary receives 2016 Momentum Award Drug bust in West Union Stephen C Foster Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES
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Arctic blast, snow returns

“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cooooold out there today” was more than just a line from a movie on Monday as a brutal arctic blast hit southern Ohio producing the coldest day yet of the winter season. Following snow showers on Sunday, the arctic tide swept into the area dropping early morning temperatures in Adams County to -2 degrees with wind chills at -15 to -5 degrees.

Sunday evening the Adams County Government Facebook page warned, “Wind chill advisories are in effect tonight into early Monday afternoon for values of 10 below zero and colder. Bundle up!”

Throughout the day temperatures climbed slowly into the lower teens, but dropped back to single digits in the evening. Wind chills hovered at -3 degrees keeping most of the tri-state area under a wind chill advisory until 1:00 p.m.

Equally frigid temperatures Tuesday morning forced a 90 minute delay for OVSD schools, and a two-hour delay for Manchester Local schools.

Wednesday is expected to bring some relief from the bitter cold with highs in the low 30 degrees. However, a quick moving low weather system is expected to deliver a combination of winter weather: snow, freezing rain, or sleet. The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a winter weather advisory for Wednesday running from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A much larger storm front on Friday is expected to possibly drop 3-5 inches of snow.

According to Lee Pertuset with the Adams County Engineer’s Office, the county highway department is ready for the coming storm. “We have 15 trucks we send out whenever it snows, covering all 375 miles of the county road system. We’re asking people to drive carefully and watch for patches of ice while there is cold weather and snow. We take pride in the job we do, and we hope that everyone remains safe on the roadways.”

OSHA recommends that drivers check their car’s battery, tire tread, windshield wipers, keep windows clear, put no-freeze fluid in the washer reservoir, and check antifreeze.

Drivers should also have a flashlight, jumper cables, abrasive material (sand, kitty litter, even floor mats), shovel, snow brush with ice scraper, warning devices (like flares) and blankets in their automobiles. For long trips, add food and water, medication and a cell phone.

If a driver becomes stopped or stalled – stay in the car, don’t overexert, put bright markers on antenna or windows and shine the dome light, and, if you run your car, clear the exhaust pipe and run it just enough to stay warm.

Additionally drivers should allow plenty of drive time (check the weather and leave early if necessary), be familiar with the maps and directions, and let others know your route and arrival time.

Scenes like this could soon return to Adams County as winter weather begins to set in.
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Plummeting temperatures bring dangerous wind chills

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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