Athens Co LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY, roads hazardous, travel only if needed, use extreme caution!

Snow Emergency 2

January 30, 2017, 06:00 hours

Athens County is under a LEVEL 2 SNOW EMERGENCY. Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 2/1/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Local residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning(winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

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

AC crime solvers

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 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.

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.