Fewer traffic fatalities occur during 2017 Christmas and New Year’s

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting preliminary traffic fatality data from the 2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year reporting periods. During the 2017 Christmas reporting period, beginning December 22 and ending December 25, five crashes resulted in five fatalities. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 Christmas reporting period when 14 individuals lost […]

Aqua Ohio offers tips to help avoid and deal with frozen pipes

Aqua Ohio (Aqua) is encouraging its customers to take steps to prevent frozen pipes inside their homes during cold weather. “With the recent cold snap, we’ve started receiving calls from customers with frozen pipes,” said Aqua’s Area Manager Scott Ballenger. “Aqua wants to make sure they know what they can do to prevent pipes from […]

Patrol focusing on impaired drivers during the 2017 Holiday Season

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding everyone to drive sober this holiday season. Troopers will focus enforcement efforts to remove impaired drivers from our roadways to reduce fatal and injury crashes. In the first 11 months of 2017, there were 321 OVI-related fatal crashes resulting in the deaths of 341 people. This was a […]

Tips offered on avoiding common, costly holiday mishaps

‘Tis the season of joy but also common mishaps that can dampen your holidays, especially if you are without adequate insurance protection. Ohio Department of Insurance director Jillian Froment is sharing how to avert danger and assess your insurance protection. “First and foremost review your insurance and evaluate the appropriate coverage amounts with an agent,” […]

ODOT gears up for season’s first “winter blast”

To prepare for this weekend’s first winter blast of ice and snow, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is pre-treating interstates, state and US routes, ramps and bridges in between peak travel times. Forecasters are calling for between one and two inches of snow in Marion County on Saturday. Pre-treating is a mixture of water […]

Reminder: Caution urged for open burning during fall wildfire season

Ohioans are reminded to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris this fall, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Ohio law states outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of November. Burning is […]

Wandering and dementia: Tips offered to keep your loved one safe

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or some sort of dementia continues to grow. About 5.3 million people aged 65 or older suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia nationwide, or roughly 1 in 10 seniors. A person with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can wander out of their home and may not remember his […]

Sheriff’s Office conducting extra traffic patrols for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey announced his office will be participating in a countywide traffic detail targeting speed and alcohol related violations for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday. Deputies will be conducting extra traffic enforcement and patrol through November 26th. In an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s office will be […]

Patrol reminds motorists to wear safety belts this Thanksgiving holiday

In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, nine people were killed in nine fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Five of those fatalities were the result of an […]

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center: This Winter, La Nin᷈a is a potential ‘wildcard’

Will Ohio have another mild winter like the last two, or will Mother Nature deal the Buckeye State a cold, cruel blast of winter weather? The experts are not sure. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, La Nin᷈a may emerge for the second time as “the biggest wildcard” in […]