Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Ohio Moments

Midwest got a taste of Antarctica's weather

The first major snowstorm of the season fell on Portsmouth and surrounding areas this week in 1978, wreaking havoc on the roads. It was the beginning of a month of almost daily statewide blizzards that kept most school kids home for the duration. Later in the month, additional blizzards knocked out power and telephone lines in Portsmouth, where the National Guard operated two front-end loaders around-the-clock to help the town clear the snow as temperatures plummeted below zero. Just before Gov. James A. Rhodes declared a state of emergency on the 26th, a storm brought howling winds and created 25-foot snowdrifts in some places in the state. "This is the worst blizzard in the state of Ohio," Mr. Rhodes said.

- Rebecca Billman

Ohio Moments will appear here daily during 2003. Have a suggestion? Contact Rebecca Billman at rbillman@enquirer.com or (513) 768-8361.

Girl, 17, killed while holding child
Lottery sales up, but profit misses goal
Boyles gets 13 years in ex-girlfriend's death
Buckeyes gear flies out of stores
Troops ship out by the thousands

PULFER: Helping kids early and often
RADEL: Second job was what he wanted

Mt. Healthy stops school bus service
Mom, daughter killed in crash
School board elects Warner president
New police oversight agency meets
Another local boy joins Vienna choir
Donation to pay for flags on firetrucks
Firefighters, police aid McDonald House

3 suing to stay can - for now
Class-action suit sought on Oxycontin
Obituary: Ruth Shaffer, 92, was organist
Obituary: Alfred Wilhelm, Diamond executive
Good News: Travel show partnering in coat drive

Perjury an issue in Butler courts
Deadly road gets rumble strips
Boil-water warning wasn't heard
Policeman hurt while questioning motorist
Fairfield laboratories focus on heart disease

Attempted murder added to charges
Rapist found slain in cell

Ohio Moments: Midwest got a taste of Antarctica's weather
Blackwell: GOP should boost black staffing
Village ponders ads on cruisers

Democratic strategy session moved
Another local auto business burgled
Patton outlines tax-hike targets
Voters get voice at town meeting
$10M grant to help Kentucky's jobless
Jackson to run for Ky. governor
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