Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday Missing Adams County man is found Lady Hounds fall to Whiteoak in slugfest Calvert’s walk-off gives Hounds 9-8 win over Whiteoak Charles A Benjamin Give My Regards to Broadway Joyce Berry Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson

Early March storm packs destructive punch

Before and after. Above, the Byron and Dawn Brodt farm on Unity Road as it looked before the storms that came through the county early Wednesday morning. Below, the same farm after the damage inflicted by possible straight line winds early on March 1.

Severe storms, high winds sweep across county –

By Patricia Beech –

March roared in like a lion across southern Ohio Wednesday morning bringing tornado activity, rain, hail, and strong winds that damaged property, uprooted trees, and downed electrical lines, leaving thousands without power.
While there was no loss of life or serious injuries reported, damage was widespread as the storm traveled from west to east across Brown, Adams, Highland, Scioto, and Clinton counties.
The most significant damage in Adams County occurred near West Union along Route 247, Unity Road, and Logans Lane, resulting in the Adams County Sheriff’s Office warning residents away from those areas.
Straight-line winds are suspected of destroying three barns at the Byron and Dawn Brodt farm on the corner of Rte. 247 and Unity Road, including one built in 1856.
Brodt said she heard nothing out of the ordinary as the storm passed over their home.
“When the storm went through we were sitting in the family room watching the hail and wind and rain, then the electricity went out and it was over,” said Dawn. “Then my daughter called me and said get to the farm, everything is gone, and it was – the barns, fencing, corrals were all destroyed.”
Straight-line winds also destroyed a large barn on Unity Road at the residence of Linda and Randy Louiso and downed a grove of cedar trees on Logans Lane.

This photo depicts some of the March 1 storm damage at the Louiso Farm on Unity Road.

In Peebles strong winds on Steam Furnace Road ripped a portion of roofing from the Evergreen Baptist Church, tore large limbs from trees and scattered debris across a mile-long area.
Several residents in the Steam Furnace community reported hearing an unusually loud noise as the storm swept through the area.
“It was an incredible sound, a one-of-a-kind sound, like a very close train.” said Jeanmarie Decker, who lives in the Steam Furnace community. “I’ve seen a lot of storms come through here, but nothing like that.”
In the southern portion of the county flooding and bus safety concerns led to the closing of the Manchester School District for the day.
High winds in the village of Higginsport in western Brown County ripped away several roofs, damaging the Church of Christ, the local bank, and several private residences.   The loss of power caused the Ripley and Georgetown School Districts to dismiss school early. Reports also surfaced of a possible tornado touch down near Leesburg in Highland County.

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