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Governor declares State of Emergency in 11 Ohio counties

Activates Ohio National Guard

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a proclamation on March 17, declaring a state of emergency across 11 counties impacted by last week's severe weather. 

EF 3 Lakeview tornado among seven March 14 tornadoes in this region

A Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service in Wilmington OH on Fri Mar 15 provided the following tornado confirmations from Thursday, March 14:

Numerous long-track tornadoes have occurred, and our continued analysis will work to determine if some of these long swaths of damage are the result of a single tornado or multiple separate tornadoes.

Seven areas of tornadic damage have been identified within the NWS Wilmington OH coverage area. This count may change as we continue to assess the continuity of the damage.

* EF3 beginning in southern Auglaize County OH near Fryburg, continuing through the Lakeview area in northern Logan County OH. (An EF3 tornado has estimated wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph.)

Plan a sober driver this St. Patrick’s Day

From Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States extend as far back as the American colonial period and is one of our nation’s most popular holidays, celebrated with festivals, parades and parties. These celebrations frequently feature themed cocktails and green pints, and the amount of alcohol consumed is higher than average.

Indian Lake area devastated by suspected tornado on March 14

UPDATED March 16

By Paula Pyzik Scott

Among tornado and severe thunderstorm activity in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky on Thursday, March 14, three deaths and devastating damage are reported from the Indian Lake area.

A joint statement with the Logan County EMA and Logan County Sheriff’s Office (3/15/2024 1909)

HEAP heating assistance reminder

The Area Agency on Aging 3 is located at 2423 Allentown Rd • Lima, Ohio 45805. Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The Ohio Department of Development and Area Agency on Aging 3 want to remind Ohioans assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills.

March 5 field reports from the Ohio Division of Wildlife

Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two
In June 2023, State Wildlife Officer Jason Warren, assigned to Lake Erie, and State Wildlife Officer Mark Williams, assigned to Franklin County, contacted three anglers aboard a boat in Vermilion Harbor along Lake Erie. All three subjects had Pennsylvania fishing licenses, but none had a valid Ohio fishing license. The officers seized 18 walleye from the boat and issued a citation to each subject for fishing without a license. The anglers paid a combined $420 in fines and court costs in Vermilion Municipal Court.

State Wildlife Officer Austin Dickinson, assigned to Defiance County, responded to a call of a river otter that had inadvertently been captured in a trap. Officer Dickinson removed the river otter from the trap and evaluated it for injuries. Finding no injuries, he released the river otter without incident into suitable habitat.