State of Emergency in Perry County

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Perry County is now under a state of emergency. EMA Director Rita Spicer said the declaration was made by the County Commissioners and is due to the number of power outages and ice storm damage.

Spicer said the southern part of Perry County is without power and cellphone service in some areas. She said all county’s township roads and county roads have problems. She said the state highways are now open and free of debris.

The American Red Cross will have a shelter open starting at 4:00 pm located at the New Lexington High School, for those residents of Perry County who are affected by the winter storm. Limited transportation will be available to those in need provided by Perry County Transit by calling this number, 740-721-0700



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Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.