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OHIO Southern open as warming station

OHIO Southern open as warming station

After tens of thousands of people were left in the dark following severe weather in the Tri-State, Ohio University Southern opened its doors as warming stations for those in need.

The week of Feb. 16, the OHIO Southern Ironton campus and Proctorville Center were available for families without power as a place to keep warm and charge their mobile devices. A few dozen families used the warming stations throughout the week.

“During the recent ice storms, we saw the need to try and help the community in whatever way we could,” said Nicole Pennington, Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education and Lifelong Learning and Dean of Campus and Community Relations at OHIO Southern. “We worked closely with Lawrence County Emergency Management and offered our support. It was the least we could do when so many of our community members were challenged by the impact of the weather.”

The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce also assisting in getting the word out that campus facilities were available.

The Ironton campus remains open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22-26 for those still without power. COVID-19 safety measures must be followed, including masks and social distancing.