Athens County Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested at 12 Noon 6/3 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, June 3, 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. 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.

Hocking Parkway closed to through traffic at Hocking College, 5/28 – 5/31 for Nelsonville Music Festival

MusicFest Road Closed

The Annual Nelsonville Music Festival is returning to the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio May 28th – May 31st for four days that celebrates music and local artistry of the region. The festival offers a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of the regional flavor.

The City of Nelsonville, Hocking College and festival organizers have worked hard to develop a traffic control plan to maintain traffic flow in and around Nelsonville during the festival.

On Thursday morning, May 28th traffic cones will be placed on Loop Road, on the hocking College Campus making it TWO WAY TRAFFIC roadway.  Signs will be posted.  ALL parking on Loop Road is prohibited.  At approximately 4:00 p.m. Hocking Parkway will be closed to through traffic from the Daycare building to the Bookstore intersection for the duration of the festival.  All traffic will be routed on Loop Road.  All THROUGH TRAFFIC will use the Loop Road detour for the duration of the festival.  THROUGH TRAFFIC is encouraged to avoid the area if possible.

Persons attending the Nelsonville Music Festival will need to follow the routes below:

From the South (Athens, SR 691): Vehicles will follow the Loop Road detour around Hocking College.  At the stop sign at the intersection they will proceed straight and be directed into a parking lot.  There is no through traffic.

From the North (Logan, Canal St.): At the stop sign Festival traffic will turn LEFT and be directed to park in a parking lot.

Hocking Parkway should be re-opened to normal traffic on Sunday evening May 31st after the Festival has closed.

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Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous, June 2015 Crimes of the Month.

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

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to a criminal act which occurred within the City of Athens.

The incident occurred April 20th, 2015 at approximately 12:30 PM. On 4/20/2015, the owner of a gray, 2008 Ford F-150 4X4 pick-up, parked it in the lot at 929 E. State St, Wal-Mart. Several hours after parking it in the lot, unknown individuals approach the vehicle and eventually drove away in it.

The Ohio University Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to a couple criminal acts which occurred on the Ohio University Campus.

The first incident occurred on April 18th, 2015 between the hours of 1:00 AM and 12:00 PM. During this time frame, unknown individual(s) illegally entered Building 13 on the Ridges. Once inside the individual(s) rummaged through various offices and stole several items from a third floor art studio.

The final incident occurred on April 19th, 2015 at approximately 5:00 AM. On this date and time, the Ohio University Police Department was notified of an activated alarm at the Jefferson Market manager’s office, which is located in Jefferson Hall. Upon arrival, officers discovered two window panes in the door leading to the manager’s office broken. It was also evident that the individual had injured himself/herself while breaking the glass. Entry was made into the office but it did not appear anything was stolen.

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

This incident occurred between April 10th and April 24th, 2015. During this time frame, unknown individual(s) illegally trespassed on the property of Allpower Equipment, which is located at 8880 United Lane. Once on the property, the individual(s) forcibly removed a 2015 Kubota zero turn mower from a shipping crate and then stole it. The mower is equipped with a 21.5 HP Kawasaki engine and a 42” mowing deck.

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 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.

Nelsonville Aquatic Center Open, Sat 5/23, Noon to 7:30PM for Holiday


The City of Nelsonville announces the Aquatic Center will be open, Saturday, May 23, 2015 from noon until 7:30pm for Memorial Day weekend.  On Thursday, May 21, 2015 the pool office will be open from noon until 7:30pm to purchase season passes only.  For the week beginning May 26, 2015 the pool will have limited hours from 4:00pm to 7:30pm and on Saturday, May 29, 2015 the pool will be fully operational for season.

Celebrate Older Americans Month, Athens Co Senior Safety Day, Thur, 5/21, 10AM to 2PM, Athens Co Fairgrounds!

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May is Older Americans Month across the nation. Athens County is highlighting this celebration with Athens County Senior Safety Day on Thursday, May 21st at the Athens County Fairgrounds, 286 West Union Street in Athens, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Many groups from around Athens County have been working for months to plan a fun and informational event for everyone.

Information and services available at the event are;

  • Door Prizes
  • Free Give-A-Ways
  • Medical Screenings
  • Vehicle Safety Inspections
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Special Needs & Mass Transportation
  • Home Safety
  • Crime Prevention
  • Regional Senior Resources
  • Lunch

Download a brochure – AC Senior Safety Day Brochure

For information visit our Web site: or call (740) 594-2261