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Chumney family issues statement
The Chumney family would like to extend our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to everyone for their prayers and encouragement as we go through this very difficult time.  The many ways in which you have reached out to our family has been heartwarming and comforting.  We are especially grateful for the many prayers that we know surround our entire family.  
We encourage anyone with information regarding the ongoing investigation to please contact your local law enforcement agency. 
We also want to extend our gratitude to the many local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel for their continued tireless efforts.  We also appreciate the efforts of the news media in respecting our privacy.
We would be most grateful if your family would continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.  
Ron Chumney, Diane Enama, Ed Chumney and Wesley Chumney 

Authorities from Tuscarawas and Coshocton Counties have formed a task force along with BCI investigating the murder of Doyle & Lillian Chumney of Strasburg. Photo courtesy of the Chumney family.

Review: Sister Act at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
A review of a musical about nuns is probably a decent place to make a confession: When I really love a musical, I cry during the curtain call. I think it takes me back to my theater days, seeing the audience's appreciation and knowing you've created a magical moment that will never exist in exactly the same way ever again. When I watch a cast take its bows, I know how proud the actors are of their work, and it totally chokes me up. So now you know my secret, and that's why I was crying last night even though I'd just seen a totally fun, exciting, happy, hilarious musical!

Sister Act the Musical is the stage adaptation of 1992's Whoopi Goldberg movie of the same name. When an aspiring singer witnesses a murder, she goes into witness protection at a financially-struggling convent. As the sisters find their big voices, the offering plates overflow, saving the church from ruin. Everything about the show was perfect. The cast had fantastic chemistry, the pit orchestra was well-polished, the set was simply amazing, and the glitzy, glittery, blingy costumes sparkled and shined as brightly as the performers wearing them. I even noticed a scene in which a nun played the piano (actually being played in the pit), and her hands were spot-on. I LOVE DETAILS!

Theater people (said with my nose juuuusst slightly in the air) know the term "non-equity tour." Non-equity casts are sent out once a production has nearly reached the end of its touring life. Sometimes non-equity productions aren't as polished as the original. Not the case with this version of Sister Act. It was Broadway-worthy in every way. I'm sure the Pope would agree, as I saw him in the 5th row. Wait, I've just received word from my sources who say that it was only Jerry Marlowe, sneaking in by posing in his Pope hat.  But I'm sure Jerry would agree that the show was a hit!

As we left the theater, everyone happily chatted about how much they'd loved the show. After two recent sold-out performances of Stomp, the PAC is hitting home runs out of the park with this season's lineup of entertainment. Sister Act was divinely entertaining, fully worthy of my tears of joy. Bravo!

-Amy Smith

Red Cross Seeks Hometown Hero Nominations

The American Red Cross of Stark and Muskingum Lakes, in partnership with WJER Radio, WTUZ Radio, and the Times-Reporter, is accepting nominations for its annual Hometown Hero Awards. Winners are chosen by a panel of civic volunteers and community leaders and honored at the Hometown Hero Awards Breakfast on April 24th. Additionally, the Red Cross will hold a “Hometown Heroes” youth (K-12) writing/coloring contest, presented by The Times-Reporter.

Click here to nominate an individual. Nomination forms are also available at the Red Cross, public libraries, and area businesses.

Each year, the Hometown Hero Awards honor local individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or have demonstrated the values of courage, character, humanity, or personal initiative. Nominees must reside or be employed in Carroll, Harrison, or Tuscarawas County. The heroic event must have occurred in 2014 but may have taken place outside of Carroll, Harrison, and Tuscarawas Counties.

“This event is the perfect opportunity to honor the everyday heroes in our own communities,” said Kim Kroh, Executive Director of the Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter. “There are so many stories of individuals who have risked their lives to save that of another, or used a skill, like CPR, to help a stranger or loved one. The Red Cross believes that it is important for our community to recognize those individuals and their great works.”

The Stark and Muskingum Lakes Chapter will honor and celebrate the selected stories at a Hometown Hero Awards Breakfast at 8:30 a.m on April 24th at the Tuscora Park Pavilion (161 Tuscora Avenue NW, New Philadelphia). Tickets are available on the website or by calling 330-343-8633.

For more information about the youth writing/coloring contest, click here.

The deadline for both the hero nomination and the writing/coloring contest is March 13th.

Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo Coming Soon

The 2015 Tuscarawas County Bridal Expo will be held on Saturday, January 31st from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas. Brides-to-be can meet with more than 40 wedding specialists during this FREE event! Speak with bridal consultants, caterers, DJs, florists, photographers, cake experts, hair stylists, and more to plan a reception to remember. Don't miss mini style shows throughout the day featuring bridesmaid dresses and tuxes, and enter to win one of several $250 door prizes!

Michael Roberts will broadcast live from the event from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., so stop by and say "hi" as you take in all the wonderful wedding displays.

For more information, contact Baker Florist at 330-364-5521.

Big Chuck Visits WJER

On January 21st, Big Chuck Schodowski stopped by the WJER studios to chat with Kelly Kyle about his lifetime in television. Since 1960, Chuck has been on and behind the camera as well as in the director’s chair. He collaborated with Ernie Anderson on the groundbreaking Ghoulardi show and continued to host a late-night show across four decades. He also wrote and directed 2,000 hilarious sketches! Chuck was in the Tuscarawas Valley for a program put on by the Dover Public Library and the Historic Canal Dover Association, and everyone at WJER would like to thank him for paying a visit to our radio station!

Locals Making a Splash in Ball State Basketball

A big 1450 WJER congrats to Moriah Monaco, a 2014 Dover graduate, and Ryan Patterson, a '91 Claymont grad, both of whom were in Akron on January 21st to help lead Ball State to a 77-73 win in Mid-American Conference women's basketball over Akron.

Monaco, a freshman, played a key role off the Cardinals bench in the victory, scoring 6 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, and dishing out an assist. On the season, Monaco is averaging 5.5 points and 2 rebounds per game while shooting 33% from 3-point range.

Patterson is in his 3rd season as an assistant coach at Ball State and has had an important role in leading the Cards to a 5-1 record in the MAC. BSU is currently in first place in the conference's West division.

Tuscarawas County Community Food Pantries

The food pantries located throughout Tuscarawas County rely on continued support from churches, businesses, and individuals to donate food and/or monetary contributions. Please contact your local food pantry regarding items for which they currently have the greatest need. Clients needing assistance are asked to go to the food pantry located within their ZIP code area.

Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry
Church of the Harvest, 420 W. 3rd Street, Dover

Open to everyone
Thursdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m.-noon

Bolivar United
Methodist Church

560 Poplar Street, Bolivar

Emergency pantry that serves Bolivar, Mineral City, New Cumberland, Somerdale, Strasburg, Zoar, Zoarville, and the Tusky Valley school district
By appointment only (office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Carpenter's Cupboard
Strasburg United Methodist Church, 206 2nd Street NW, Strasburg

Serves Strasburg, the "878" area code, 44680 ZIP code, and the Strasburg school district
3rd Thursday of the month from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.
*Please bring your photo I.D. and a current bill or bank statement with your name and address for proof of residency

Gnadenhutten United Methodist Church
220 N. Walnut Street, Gnadenhutten

Serves the Gnadenhutten area with non-perishable food items and paper products
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church Soup Kitchen
613 N. Tuscarawas Avenue, Dover
Open to everyone
Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center

The Journey's End Ministries
205 River Street, Newcomerstown
Open to everyone
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Union Hospital Intensive Care Unit Wins Subway Tray

The Intensive Care Unit at Union Hospital in Dover is this week's winner of the Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway! WJER's Hannah Hubbard and Bob Scanlon delivered the goodies to the staff.

Here's what they got: two Subway party trays each with 15 portions of mouthwatering sub sandwiches, a box of Subway cookies, Coca Cola and Diet Coke, balloons from the Balloonatique, WJER T-shirts, Radiograms, and more all delivered just in time for a fabulous lunch!

If you'd like your office to win this awesome prize package, visit our Subway Hump Day page under "Contests" for details.

Pictured: Bridget Yurkovick, Kristen Heston, Ashli Yenni, Cindi Glenn, Allen Bache, and WJER's Hannah Hubbard

Hot Job of the Week

Tune in to 1450 WJER every Monday during the afternoon show as we chat with Amy Miller of OhioMeansJobs about the “Hot Job of the Week.” Not only will Amy give details about a specific job each week, but she'll also discuss tips, strategies, and helpful hints for job seekers.

Hot Job of the Week:
r seeking
: Customer Service Associate

Job Code #: T-309-10

Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills; effective oral/written communication skills (proper spelling is absolutely necessary); computer application knowledge including Microsoft Office (Word and Publisher, Photoshop experience is a plus but not required); knowledge of internet applications is preferred; ability to work well with others; able to problem solve and work independently; must have a customer-oriented attitude; physical requirements include the ability to stand for several hours at a time and lift 50-75 pounds; at least 18 years old; pre-employment testing will include a criminal background check, drug testing, and a reference check

Job Description: Retail store customer service for shipping, postal services

Worksite Location: New Philadelphia, OH

How to apply: If you are applying at OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas or Stark, *fill out a referral form, attach it to your résumé, and turn it in to the Customer Service Desk. Out-of-area applicants can fax their résumés to 330-602-2858 or email them to Please address it to ATTN: RC4 and include the job code reference #, your name, and either the job title or the T# for this position.

For more information, visit OhioMeansJobs online at

Dover Featured on "Today in America"

The City of Dover was recently featured in a segment on "Today in America" hosted by Terry Bradshaw. Click here to watch the 5-minute video and see why Dover truly is a great place to live!

Upcoming Shows at the Kent State Performing Arts Center

The Kent State Performing Arts Center recently unveiled their 2014-2015 season lineup, and you can expect lots of great performances this year!

Scheduled performances include:
Thursday, January 22nd at 7:30 p.m.: Sister Act
Thursday, February 5th at 7:30 p.m.: The Southern Fried Chicks' Cage-Free Comedy Tour
Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m.: Flashdance the Musical
Wednesday, February 18th at 7:30 p.m.: Million Dollar Quartet
Thursday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.: Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid
Sunday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m.: Get the Led Out - the American Led Zeppelin
Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m.: Memphis
Friday, March 27th at 7:30 p.m.: Peter and the Starcatcher
Tuesday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.: The Mikado
Saturday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.: Night Ranger
Saturday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m.: Franc D'Ambrosio with the Tuscarawas Philharmonic

Tune in to 1450 WJER on Wednesday afternoons for ticket giveaways and updates from Mike Morelli, General Manager of the Performing Arts Center, to find out what's happening at the PAC throughout the season.

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1/25/15 1:00p Ohio State vs. Indiana
1/25/15 3:30p Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
1/25/15 6:00p Dick Bartley's Classic Countdown
1/31/15 2:00p Bridal Expo