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 Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

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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