20th Annual “THUNDER IN THE VALLEY, FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR” Schedule Set For Saturday, July 4th

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The final schedule of events for the 20th Annual “Thunder In The Valley”, 4th of July celebration fireworks has been completed. The day will start with The Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad Park and Ride Shuttle from the Railroad Depot to Hocking College will be leaving the Depot at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30. Cars can park at the Depot and the Rocky Shoe and Boot Outlet. There will be one shuttle after the fireworks returning to the depot. Cost for the shuttle is $4.00 per person.  Tickets are only available at the depot starting at 6:00 p.m. on July 4th.

At 8:00p.m. the public is invited to the Hocking College Campus to enjoy the evening. You can bring your own food or vendors will be available to sell you food and drink items. Local groups or persons interested in selling food or drinks may contact Mike Redecker at (740) 707-0824

As everyone settles in at 10:00p.m., the THUNDER IN THE VALLEY”, FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR will begin. This year’s display will be presented by the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce has promised a 25 minute display of shells, to dazzle all the senses, and sure to get uhs and oohs from everyone viewing the display.

Fireworks will be launched from Hocking College. This year’s display will be accompanied by music simulcast by WXTQ, 105.5 FM. We are encouraging everyone to bring a radio and tune into the music so we can fill the hills with music and fireworks.

Parking is available at Hocking College, and plenty of seating is available on the fields and lots. No Parking will be permitted on Hocking Parkway or State Route 691. Alcoholic beverages and grills are not permitted on the Hocking College Campus. The show can be viewed from most areas of Nelsonville as it lights up the hills of Southeast Ohio.

We would like to invite people from all over the Nelsonville and Hocking Valley area to come and enjoy the 4th of July celebration.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 8PM TUE, 6/30, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 8PM TUESDAY, 6/30.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 9PM MON, 6/29, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Tornado Watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 9PM MONDAY, 6/29.

REMEMBER, A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested at 12 Noon Wed, 7/1 in Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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.

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.

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.

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 July 2015 Crimes of the Month.

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The following incidents have been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as July 2015 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to two separate criminal acts which occurred within the City of Athens.

The first incident occurred on May 4th, 2015 at approximately 5:30 AM. On this date, residents of 117 E. State St, the Theta Chi fraternity, were awakened by the sound of smoke detectors sounding and the residence being filled with smoke. All residents and guests were able to exit the residence without anyone suffering injury. After the blaze was extinguished, officers and Firefighters surveilled the scene and noticed signs which made it appear suspicious in nature. Vehicles parked in the parking area to the rear of the residence were also damaged near the time of the blaze.

The next incident occurred on June 20th, 2015 at approximately 2:00 AM. The victim was walking in the parking lot at the rear of 19 E. Carpenter St and shortly after traversing this lot, an unknown white male approached the victim from behind. While in the poorly lit area, the male attacker grabbed the victim and wrestled her to the ground. The attacker was then scared away by individuals approaching the area. The direction the attacker fled the scene is not known. The victim described her attacker as a white male in his early twenties, 5’8” to 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 160#, wearing dark clothing and a dark ball cap.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office is requesting your information pertaining to a criminal act which occurred in Athens County.

This incident occurred on June 6th, 2015 at approximately 3:30 AM. Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to 2370 Blizzard Ln, the Family Dollar store in Albany, after receiving a call of an activated intrusion alarm. Upon arrival, Deputies found damage to the building and it was apparent it had been illegally entered. The safe, containing an undisclosed amount of money, was forcibly removed from the interior of the building and the suspect(s) left with it.

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/or 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 www.crimesolversofathens.org for information on previous crimes of the month.

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.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS CO 2PM FRI, 6/26 TO 5PM SAT, 6/27, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Flash Flood Watch

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS COUNTY FROM 2PM FRIDAY, 6/26 THROUGH 5PM SATURDAY, 6/27.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL BRING A WARM FRONT THROUGH THE ARE THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT, FOLLOWED BY A COLD FRONT LATE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH BOTH OF THESE FEATURES ARE LIKELY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL AT TIMES.

THE WEATHER PATTERN HAS BEEN WETTER THAN AVERAGE THIS MONTH. AS A RESULT, SOILS ARE CLOSE TO SATURATION IN MANY AREAS. HEAVY RAINFALL AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY COULD GIVE RISE TO FLOODING IN THE MOST VULNERABLE AREAS, ESPECIALLY IF ANY OF THESE AREAS GET HIT REPEATEDLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WARNING FOR W ATHENS CO UNTIL 3:30PM, TAKE SHELTER!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDER STORM WARNING FOR WESTERN ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 3:30PM. THIS INCLUDES ATHENS, NELSONVILLE, ALBANY, BUCHTEL, THE PLAINS AND STROUDS RUN STATE PARK.

REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORM HAS BEEN SPOTTED. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL ¾ INCH OR LARGER IN DIAMETER AND OR WINDS EQUAL TO OR EXCEED ING 58 MILES AN HOUR. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS.