CLAYMONT’S AD FIRED
DENNISON (WJER) - The Claymont School Board has fired the district’s athletic director after a tumultuous year. The board followed the recommendation of a legal referee’s report to terminate the contract of Scott Beckley. The report claims Beckley was unprofessional and disrespectful to Superintendent John Rocchi during a heated meeting last December when Beckley was pushing to fire the football coach. The report also claims Beckley mishandled athletic department funds by keeping the money in a safe in his office instead of depositing it in the time required by law. Beckley’s Attorney Brandon Trent reacted to the board’s decision through a prepared statement. Beckley started on the job in August of 2016. He was put on paid administrative leave that December. In February, the board moved to fire him, and he went to unpaid leave. That is when he requested the September hearing, which lasted three days and produced the referee’s report. Rocchi declined further comment. Meanwhile, Beckley’s father Austin was voted to the school board this month. He will join in January.

DOVER’S LIGHT PLANT IS GETTING AN UPDATE
DOVER (WJER) - Dover leaders say a new gas turbine for the city’s light plant will end up saving money in the long run. Mayor Rick Homrighausen says council approved the purchase of the $560,000 piece of equipment, which will replace the plant’s current aging turbine. Homrighausen says it will take some time before it is delivered to the light plant. He says the turbine will be used at specific times throughout the year to offset the amount of power being consumed through AMP. Homrighausen says the city’s budget already accounted for the more than half-million-dollar purchase, which council passed during Monday’s meeting. 

DOVER OFFICIALS PLANNING FOR SCHOOL SAFETY
DOVER (WJER) - Officials are getting some help from the design crew in charge of drafting the new Dover High School to help them craft preliminary safety measures before the district makes the switch. Service Director Dave Douglas says they are working on a plan to extend a new waterline into the grounds where the new school will be built that will be used for fire suppression once the high school is completed. Douglas says that line will be located under what will become the new bus lane for the school, which also has to be widened. Douglas says they have had to work alongside the design crew for the new school to help navigate the planning and construction process. Douglas says a timeline is still in the works, but he says work on building the new school should not interfere with progress on the waterline or street widening. 

TRIAL DATE SET FOR TWO NEWCOMERSTOWN MURDER SUSPECTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County’s prosecutor says a trial date has been set for two of the three men charged in the murder of a 19-year-old New Philadelphia resident. Prosecutor Ryan Styer says Judge Edward O’Farrell has set the trials for both 22-year-old Kyle Boyd and 20-year-old Jordan Robinson to begin March 13th. Boyd is facing two counts of both involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy, while Robinson faces a 10-count indictment, the most serious being aggravated murder, for the shooting death of Luke Cabbage in Newcomerstown in early September. Styer says the date is within the last date to try. Meanwhile, the third suspect, 19-year-old Arnoldo Orduno, remains in the Tuscarawas County Jail awaiting a trial date, after waiving his right to a speedy trial. Styer says Orduno’s trial must begin by April 10th

CITY PREPARING FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL
DOVER (WJER) - City officials are getting ready to accommodate construction of the new high school. Service Director Dave Douglas says they are working with the design team to run a new 8-inch waterline to the school. It will go under the lane currently known as Hickory Alley, which will be widened into a standard public street and used as a bus lane. Douglas is unsure of the price of the work, but he anticipates the school district will help with the costs.  

HEAVY WEEKEND RAINS CLOSE MULTIPLE ROADS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Tuscarawas Valley is starting to dry out, but the cleanup continues from the weekend rain. Between two and three inches fell in different areas Saturday locally, bringing the Tuscarawas River up a few feet in spots. County Engineer Joe Bachman says they had 14 roads closed at one time or another Saturday, including some on the corridor between Sugarcreek and Ragersville as well as Stonecreek Road at the intersection with Crooked Run Road. Bachman says he had eight employees working Saturday to keep up with the road closures. Bachman says the water has receded on all but three of the roads. Those still closed are the usual ones behind the Dover and Bolivar DamsDeuber, Somerdale, and Sandyville Roads. 

LAST CHANCE AT FARMERS MARKET PRODUCE THIS SEASON
DOVER (WJER) - People who prefer buying locally grown produce are getting another shot to do that before winter hits. The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market has its annual Holiday Market Tuesday from 3:00 to 7:00pm at the Tool Shed at Breitenbach Winery outside Dover. Chair Mark McKenzie says it will be a lot like their weekly market at the fairgrounds in the summer and early fall. McKenzie says this will be their second time hosting this Holiday Market. He says some of the cold season crops that will be available include broccoli, potatoes, leafy greens, onions, and carrots, but they will also have food trucks as usual along with live music and products from local artists.   

TURKEY DAY GUIDELINES
DOVER
- The Tuscarawas County Health Department has some tips for people hosting Thanksgiving dinners this week so no one gets sick. Sanitarian-in-training Mike Kopko says the two biggest things they stress are knowing the proper temperatures for perishables and handwashing. He says do not leave turkeys out any longer than a couple hours where it is warmer than 40 degrees or cooler than 140. Kopko says that means thawing the turkey in the refrigerator and not on your kitchen counter. When you are done preparing the turkey, wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, and make sure the turkey and stuffing are cooking at least at 165 degrees internally.

SOCK COLLECTION TO SERVE THE NEEDY
DOVER
- An initiative to supply those in need with something most people may not think about every day is underway. Organizer Brenda Gee has started something called the Sock Drop program. She is calling on residents to donate new socks to the less fortunate. Gee says there is a need, with nearly 67,000 homeless people in Ohio alone. You can drop off those socks at WJER Radio. McInturf Realty on Tuscarawas Avenue also has a collection box outside so anyone can drop off donations at any time. 

OSHP FINDS CORRELATION IN SPEED CHANGE AND CRASHES
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Law enforcement officials are taking a new study under advisement that clues officers in on how to keep drivers safe on the highway. The Associated Press shows a recent State Highway Patrol study found highway crashes jumped 24% after the speed limit was increased to 70 miles per hour in 2013, with a 22% increase in fatal or injury crashes. State Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Lt. Robert Sellers says the data from the study gives them a roadmap on how to approach highway safety. Sellers says the study goes on to show crashes fluctuated in all directions once the speed limit was increased, so troopers will now work to pinpoint problem areas. Sellers says drivers could now see an increase in warning signs as well as patrol saturation in highway corridors that have seen an increase in traffic accidents that have been linked to the speed limit change.

WINDMILL COMES DOWN FOR NOW
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Police say things are now moving in the right direction after a building permit discrepancy escalated into a court proceeding. Police Chief Mike Goodwin says a windmill being erected outside the Schoenbrunn Inn on West High Avenue did not have the proper permits to be constructed. He says the city issued numerous warnings, mandating the company file the necessary paperwork before putting up the windmill. Goodwin says the company attempted filing a temporary protection order against the city, but the court ultimately ruled in the city’s favor. He says the city then had to take their own safety measures to make sure the structure, which is currently standing unfinished, could not fall and injury anyone or damage private property by closing Garland Drive SW until the structure is removed. Goodwin says the company is now filing for a temporary permit to deconstruct the windmill until the proper paperwork can be filed to finish the structure. He says the company owner was charged for failing to obtain a permit and is due in municipal court next week.


STATE NEWS
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URBANA, OH (AP) - A 15-year-old Ohio boy accused of killing his father's longtime girlfriend will be tried as an adult. The Springfield News-Sun reports defense attorney Darrell Heckman says a judge ordered the case transferred to Champaign County Common Pleas Court. The boy was 14 when Heidi Fay Taylor was slain in April. He told a 911 dispatcher an alternate personality killed Taylor. He pleaded not guilty to an aggravated murder charge in juvenile court.

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - A proposed bill in the Ohio House would create exceptions for the release of police body camera footage, including video shot inside a home. The bill would also prohibit release of video if it is considered a confidential investigatory record, taken inside a business, or records the victim of a sex crime. The legislation was supported by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. He pushed for an initiative that will outfit 1,300 Columbus officers with body cameras by the end of next year.

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Officials in an Ohio school district have voted to reinstate a ban on religious music at graduation ceremonies. The Columbus Dispatch reports the Columbus Board of Education voted unanimously on the ban Tuesday. The district previously had the ban in place, but officials say it was accidently left out when the board updated their policies two years ago.

MUNCIE, IN (AP) - Gus Ragland threw three touchdown passes and Miami (Ohio) controlled Ball State from the outset to hand the Cardinals their ninth straight loss in a 28-7 contest that served as the season finale for both teams. Ragland threw first-quarter touchdown passes of 11 and 7 yards to Sam Martin and Jared Murphy.


NATIONAL NEWS
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has hailed the conviction of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic as a "momentous victory for justice." In a statement, he said Mladic is "the epitome of evil, and the prosecution of Mladic is the epitome of what international justice is all about."

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - The Zimbabwe ruling party's chief whip says new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in Friday at 10:30am at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. Lovemore Matuke says until then Mnangagwa will not speak to the media. Cheering crowds are gathering at a military air base in Harare for Mnangagwa's arrival. He fled the country shortly after his firing earlier this month by Robert Mugabe, who resigned Tuesday amid impeachment proceedings.

PALM BEACH, FL (AP) - A feud between President Donald Trump and the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China is intensifying. Trump has complained that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, has not given him credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China. The social media exchanges are going forward unabated.

TOKYO (AP) - The U.S. Navy says eight people who were recovered from the crash of a transport aircraft in the Pacific are in good condition, and the search continues for three other missing personnel. The Navy says in a tweet the eight are on board USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he is putting his resignation on hold following a request from the Lebanese president to reconsider. In surprise conciliatory comments from the presidential palace Wednesday, Hariri says he is putting Lebanon's interest first and is looking forward to a "real partnership" with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.


SPORTS:
NCAA: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett will start his last regular-season game on Saturday against rival Michigan. Through five years of extreme highs and lows in Columbus, Barrett has proved he is undeniably a winner. Statistically, he is the best quarterback ever to play at Ohio State. He has a chance to get the Buckeyes to the College Football playoff again if he can beat the Wolverines and then No. 5 Wisconsin in the conference championship game.


WEATHER:
TODAY: Mostly sunny, high 35
TONIGHT: Clear, low 25
THANKSGIVING: A mix of sun and clouds, high 40
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, high 49

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