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Are Routine Physicals a Waste of Time?

In recent years, much debate continues regarding the usefulness of routine physicals. Some people argue that the Affordable Care Act will add a significant number of eligible patients, which will take away time from more critical health issues. Others argue that it is unnecessary for relatively healthy people to undergo an annual exam. A number…

Level 2: ROAD ADVISORY CANCELLATION

As of 11:00 a.m. on January 9, 2014, Sheriff Jason K. Landers has lifted the Level 2 Road Advisory for Paulding County. This doesn’t mean that all of the roads are in the best condition at this time. There are a significant number of roads that are still snow covered and icy. Please allow sufficient…

Road Conditions Improving, But Expect Slick and Slushy Spots

Warmer temperatures help INDOT crews melt ice pack, but conditions could get worse before they get betterIndiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews have been spreading salt and calcium chloride to attack the hard-pack snow and ice that remains on the roads across Northeast Indiana, left behind by the severe winter weather. In addition, crews are…

ODOT Update: Progress Is Being Made

-85 ODOT crews are currently operating on the highways within the eight-county area of ODOT District 1. -Crews resumed treating roadways today with salt and calcium chloride to take advantage of the sun. Treating was primarily concentrated on priority travel routes and at intersections. -Good progress was made today as some roadways now have bare…

UPDATE: Dropped to Level 2, Sheriff says

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office made a statement saying the roads conditions brought the Weather Emergency down to a Level Two. This means you may travel, but you must be very careful and should travel on if necessary. Original Announcement: WEATHER EMERGENCY – ROAD CLOSURE Sheriff Jason K. Landers has issued a Level 3 Weather…

Severe Winter Weather Update – 1-7-14

Northeast Indiana roads still extremely icy, conditions may worsen overnightAs of 4:30 p.m., INDOT has made progress plowing drifted and snow-covered roads in Northeast Indiana, but extremely hazardous icy conditions remain, and conditions may worsen overnight. Throughout the day INDOT crews have been successful clearing snow that forced traffic onto narrow driving lanes, due to…

Many Indiana Counties Remain Under Travel Restrictions

Bitterly Cold Temperatures, Strong Winds to Continue Through TuesdayThe Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises motorists that travel conditions tonight and tomorrow are expected to remain difficult, and they should abide by local travel advisories, avoiding travel if possible. All counties in Northeast Indiana remain under a “Watch” or “Warning” status, limiting travel to essential…

Ohio Department of Transportation District 1

Winter Operations Update-80 ODOT crews remain on the highways within the eight-county area of ODOT District 1. -North/south roads are the most affected by blowing and drifting snow. Crews will remain out through the night plowing to keep roads passable. -Extreme temperatures are beginning to affect the air systems of the fleet and mechanics are…

Road Conditions are Terrible!

The continuation of the Level 3 snow emergency was questioned by some people wondering if it was still necessary to continue this. The answer is wholeheartedly, YES. Do not assume because your road is clear the next road will be fine. Even the ODOT and INDOT plows are having problems due to the high winds…

Storm Related Outages – Be Aware

Down power lines can be still be live and extremely dangerous. Stay away and contact your local Emergency authorities.Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op is experiencing a loss of transmission service to their Herbert Monroe and Monroeville substations which is affecting approximately 1,000 of its members in the New Haven, Indiana area. Crews are working to transfer…

Loosen Your Way to Comfort

The Nurturing Well by: Jill Starbuck Have you noticed that it takes a little more effort to get moving in cold weather? Shorter days and colder temperatures make us want to hide under blankets next to a fire. Inactivity and blistery weather cause stiff muscles, which can make us feel twice our age. Muscle stiffness…

Travel in Many Indiana Counties Restricted to Emergencies Only

Subzero Temperatures, Strong Winds Monday Will Make Driving DifficultFORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises motorists that travel conditions tonight and tomorrow are expected to be difficult and to abide by local travel advisories, avoiding travel if possible. All counties in Northeast Indiana are currently under a “Watch” or “Warning” status,…