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More than half a foot of snow and high winds forced Wapakoneta and Auglaize County crews to hit the roads Wednesday to help travelers get home as many work places closed early.
Wapakoneta Safety-Service Director Bill Rains explained the city operated with a different plan of attack for the winter storm that dumped approximately 5 inches of snow starting at daybreak and another 3 inches of snow during the afternoon.
Local businesses saw increases in sales for snow removal equipment Wednesday as a storm hit the Auglaize County area Wednesday and dumped more than half-a-foot of snow.
While they did see an increase in sales for shovels, snow blowers and other appliances, the normal rush for equipment prior to a forecasted storm was not as busy as usual.
“I think a lot of people were just afraid to go out,” Wapakoneta Sears store owner Ted Yewey said. “We did sell a few snowblowers and some shovels, but we still have plenty left.”
As more shootings and attacks in public places make the news, Auglaize County employees have been trained in what to do if such an event were to happen here.
While most of the details cannot be shared, county officials agree about the importance in being prepared for the worst case scenario.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said with the reopening of the Auglaize County Courthouse this fall after renovations, additional security measures were put in place. As part of that, courthouse staff and other county employees were given training.
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A winter storm that blanketed the region today was expected to dump close to a foot of snow on Auglaize County.
Late Tuesday night, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Auglaize County. That warning, which is in effect until 1 a.m. Thursday, is calling for 8 to 10 inches of snow as well as wind gusts of 40 mph. The high winds, coupled with heavy snowfall, caused near white-out conditions and posed risks to motorists who traversed city and county roads today.
With an alumni on the presidential ballot, members of the Miami University Marching Band thought it would be worth a shot to submit an application to participate in the inauguration parade, one Redhawks band member says.
When former Gov. Mitt Romney and his running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, a Miami University graduate, lost, those same band members believed their chances were nil.
A former Wapakoneta resident is serving his first full semester as vice president of academic affairs and dean of faculty at a Pennsylvania college.
As a member of the senior administrative team at Washington & Jefferson College, Dr. John Zimmerman’s responsibilities include all aspects of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, library, study abroad, advising, and some aspects of instructional technology.
... BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY... ... WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN UPGRADED.
* HAZARD TYPES... HEAVY SNOW AND WINDY CONDITIONS.
* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS WILL MOST LIKELY OCCUR ALONG AND JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 70 CORRIDOR.
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