Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

First winter storm

While winter storm Jonas reached blizzard conditions on the east coast, it dropped no more than six inches of snow in Adams County this past weekend, forcing the cancellation of most of the county’s weekend activities.

According to a report released by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), snowplow operators in Adams, Brown, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross and Scioto counties were getting prepared before the storm hit by prepping equipment and loading trucks. Road crews were at the ready, with the majority of the counties going to 12-hour shifts in advance of precipitation moving into the area.

Beginning Friday around 10 a.m., the snowfall was steady, lasting for 36 hours and leaving most rural roads throughout the county impassable. At the storm’s peak, Adams County was under a Level 2 Snow Emergency, declared by Sheriff Kimmy Rogers.

According to Adams County Engineer, David Hook, there were 14 trucks plowing and treating the roads from 7 a.m. Friday through the late afternoon on Saturday.

“The heaviest snow fall was in the southeastern part of the county, and tapered off as we moved north,” Hook said.

While crews continued operations throughout the entire storm, steady snowfall kept roads covered so that by the time it finally subsided Saturday afternoon, Highland, Adams and Brown were left with snow totals ranging anywhere from four to six inches.

“Our crews were on top of this storm from the start, and with its timing and track critical to our operations and response, it was imperative that the snowplow operators were ready to go when the snow started to fall,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “From the treatment methods to the equipment, they were well-prepared to tackle it, and they did not relent from start to finish.”

Crews continued to clear roads and put down salt after the storm passed, restoring the roads to pre-storm condition before nightfall. By midnight Saturday operations were concluded and crews were released to go home.

Even with all the travel hassles and other disruptions, last weekend’s snowfall often left beautiful scenes like this one.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_SnowScene1.jpgEven with all the travel hassles and other disruptions, last weekend’s snowfall often left beautiful scenes like this one. Photo by Larry Heller

Last weekend’s winter storm left many of the county’s back roads covered and tough to travel on, such as Germany Hill Road in Monroe Township.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_SnowScene2.jpgLast weekend’s winter storm left many of the county’s back roads covered and tough to travel on, such as Germany Hill Road in Monroe Township. Photo by Larry Heller
County escapes east coast blizzard

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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