WEEKEND NEWS HEADLINES
FRIENDS OF THE HOMELESS OPEN HOUSES RAISE AWARENESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A support group that assists people who are without a place to stay or battling addiction is showing how community dollars are being put to use. Friends of the Homeless held an open house at its homeless shelter and the Pathway to Wellness substance abuse recovery center for men next door on East High Avenue Thursday. Board President Jack Ream says the group needs about $150,000 a year more in local donations to no longer rely on government aid in any way and the rules attached to it. Spokeswoman Debra Handrich says one of those requirements with accepting state funding reduces the maximum time a person can stay at the homeless shelter from 90 to now 40 days. Meanwhile committee member Anita Davis says the addiction recovery center there has had positive outcomes for 6 of the 13 men entering the program in its less than two years of existence. Participant Ron Collins says he was able to get his family back and now has a great job and life thanks to the program. Day shift house manager Becky Gray says it is worth any struggles that may come with the job when she sees the men become contributing members of society. 33 people are currently living in the homeless shelter, which can house 36 people, and the Pathway to Wellness home is at its capacity with five men.
GARBAGE PROGRAM HITS MINOR SNAGS
UHRICHSVILLE - Uhrichsville’s service director says he believes the majority of city residents are satisfied with the new mandatory garbage provider. The city contracted with Kimble recently for trash and recycling after much debate with residents. Joe Bolon says he personally has taken advantage of the opportunity to go green. Bolon says a few residents are still lagging at putting their trash out on the right days and pulling their containers off the curb strips in a timely manor. Bolon says people in violation of the city’s garbage ordinance will receive a letter in the coming weeks before officers begin issuing citations.
ROAD PROJECT IN RIGHT DIRECTION
UHRICHSVILLE – City officials say they are well on the way to funding an improvement project along one of the city’s busiest roads. Council President Mark Haney says they have secured about $700,000 in grants toward the $2.8 million cost to fix up Eastport Ave. from N. Main St. to the Little Stillwater Creek. But he is also encouraging residents to write letter of support to bolster the city’s chances for additional grants. The work, which may start by next year, will include storm and sanitary sewers, curbs, sidewalks and street paving.
CREWS PREPARED FOR WINTER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Area road crews are reminding drivers to prepare for winter as much as possible. State transportation plow drivers and Tuscarawas County engineer’s office road crews had their plows out for inspection and a dry run Thursday. County Engineer Joe Bachman says budget cuts have left him with only one shift to clear roads, so the responsibility with be mostly on drivers to be careful. ODOT Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam says all his plow trucks now have flashing green and yellow lights to alert drivers and avoid crashes like the one in Tuscarawas County last year. Two ODOT trucks in Tuscarawas County have plows painted by students. One by Dover students and the other by Indian Valley High School students. He says the program increases awareness for young drivers about safety around the plow.
SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE SEEKS SUPPORT TO STAY
NEW PHILADELPHIA – City officials are being asked to help improve the chances of keeping a Social Security office in town. Mayor Dave Johnson says he has received a letter from the union representing the 10 workers at the office seeking the city’s support during a time when Social Security customer offices in smaller communities are in jeopardy of closing due to federal budget cuts. Johnson says he is personally in favor of the union’s efforts to preserve local jobs. He says closure would also force area residents to have to drive to Akron or Cleveland to meet with the nearest Social Security representative. But Johnson says this is all just precautionary as there are no plans for the New Philadelphia office to close. A city council committee will also discuss the union’s letter and possibly decide to introduce a resolution of support in retaining the local office.
ATWOOD TO BUILD WELCOME CENTER
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is getting ready to begin implementing improvements at Atwood Lake listed in the park’s master plan. Spokeswoman Adria Bergeron says the MWCD is planning to replace the gatehouse with a large welcome center building next year costing more than a million dollars, funded through the district’s oil and gas revenue. Bergeron says this building will also house offices, an information center for visitors and also cut down on the wait time for people checking in. Bergeron says the new Atwood welcome center should have construction begin in the spring and open by late 2015. She says construction on planned infrastructure and recreational upgrades around the park will then ramp up in the following years.
COUNTY RENEWS JFS BUILDING LEASE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services agency has a home for the next five years. The Tuscarawas County Commissioners renewed the building’s lease for just over $27,000 a year. Commissioner Chris Abbuhl says the county technically owns the building in New Philadelphia but requires JFS to pay a yearly fee to use the structure. Abbuhl says JFS pays for minor needs, while the county covers all major upgrades to the structure, including roof improvements and $82,000 recently to repave the parking lot. Abbuhl says depreciation also caused the JFS lease to decrease by $600.
POWER OUTAGE INCONVENIENT
NEW PHILADELPHIA – American Electric Power officials say a transformer malfunction most likely caused a power outage Wednesday evening. More than 3,000 customers in the New Philadelphia as well as Mineral City areas were left in the dark for several hours. Most had service restored before midnight. The utility also returned residents’ reports of the outage with estimated times for service restoration.
SANDY HOOK MOTHER TURNS TRAGEDY INTO LEARNING EXPERIENCE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A number of New Philadelphia teachers began Wednesday on a somber note with a new outlook on school safety. Michele gay spoke to educators about losing her 7-year old daughter Josephine during the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre. Gay now travels the country promoting the Safe and Sound initiative, which encourages schools to rethink their procedures. Gay says the gunman shot through the single glass entryway, by-passed the intercom system and entered her daughter’s classroom as the door locked only from the outside. New Phila Superintendent Doug Spade says Gay’s visit brought issues to light that still need addressed within the district. Gay says she also encourages teachers to take a proactive role in preparing for the unthinkable. Central Elementary Principal John Zucal says he believes Gay’s story inspired the staff, as students began arriving for class. Gay, who was previously a teacher, also encourages schools to form recovery teams to relay important information and reunite children with their families following any emergency. You can find more information about Gay’s initiative at http://www.safeandsoundschools.org/. Shyanne Carroll’s interview with Gay can be heard in its entirety during the noon report of news this Sunday.
DOVER WOMAN COMPETES ON GAME SHOW
DOVER – Ann Luers says a college reunion trip turned into a once in a lifetime experience. The Dover woman was chosen from the audience to play on the Price Is Right game show. She says she was with eight other college friends on a trip to California in August. The episode airs on CBS this coming Monday at 11 AM. Luers says she remembers the excitement and was able to give host Drew Carey a hug. She has to keep her outcome a secret, but says it was a thrill.
FORMER STUDENT PROMPTS SANDY VALLEY LOCK DOWN
MAGNOLIA - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s officials want to figure out what the motive was for a former student banned from Sandy Valley High School to return and cause commotion Tuesday. Sgt. Bruce Lowery says the 15-year old East Sparta boy who now attends the Massillon School District was dropped off at the Sandy Valley parking lot just before 9 a.m. Lowery says the school was placed under a brief lock down due to past issues where the boy made threats to other students and staff when he was attending there last year. Lowery says the boy never made an attempt to enter the school and he was found walking away a short time later by deputies about a half-mile down SR 800. The boy was taken to the county attention center and released to his mother. He faces possible charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and possession of paraphernalia.
DOVER OKs TWO BED TAX GRANTS
DOVER- The tax Dover has imposed on overnight hotel stays is helping two more groups with projects to spruce up town. Council has approved requests by the Historic Canal Dover Association and the Dover Exchange Club for grants from the city’s bed tax fund. Council Finance Committee Chair Don Maurer says the HCDA is getting $2,000 to put up signs marking an urban bike route along city streets this fall, after recently pitching the idea at a council meeting. Maurer says the Dover Exchange Club’s grant for $4,900 will be used to make improvements at the corner of Front Street and the Wooster Avenue bridge.
CITY STEPS UP PREPAREDNESS
DOVER - Mayor Rick Homrighausen says his lack of confidence in federal health officials is prompting him to step up employees’ preparedness to handle the Ebola virus. Homrighausen says he lacks confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and has city workers setting new policies to prevent the spread of disease from emergency first responders to the cemetery staff. City workers are also attending a seminar today at the county Emergency Management Agency.
PFCS ENCOURAGES POSITIVE CONVERSATIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Local mental health experts are reminding residents to keep the recent Ebola scare in perspective. Personal and Family Counseling Director Pam Trimmer says while exposure to a deadly illness is concerning, she recommends against forming conclusions based on myths and misinformation. She says the unknown factors cause most of the anxiety but she says it is unnecessary. Trimmer says people tend to worry less about the flu even though it kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. She reminds everyone to take a break from the Ebola conversation and focus on positive activities.
PACE U GIVES PARTICIPANTS EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Half a dozen Tuscarawas County residents are gaining work experience through a new developmental disabilities program. PACE U or Personal Achievement Community Employment gives individuals an opportunity to work at three retail stores in New Towne Mall, while also learning lessons in the class room. Job Coach Kim Chaney says the outcome-based program began in September. Bolivar resident Bernard Lockard explained to the county commissioners Monday that he feels appreciated by customers and fellow employees when he completes his daily tasks. Tuscarawas County Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Natalie Lupi says she’s looking for other local businesses that might be interested in hosting PACE U participants. The commissioners also passed a proclamation Monday acknowledging October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
CREATIVE FLOATS FIRE CAUSE UNDETERMINED
MIDVALE – Village firefighters say the cause of the fire that destroyed a building where parade floats are built and stored remains unknown. Chief Bill Eberly says the State Fire Marshal has been unable to rule what started the fire that caused about $250,000 in damage to the Creative Floats business late Sunday morning. Eberly says investigators believe the fire started in a storage area in the front left-hand corner of the 70 by 50-foot building, which is still being kept secure before cleanup begins. Thirteen floats and other items were destroyed in the blaze, but Eberly says the company does have another storage unit in Tuscarawas with some floats that will still be available for upcoming parades.
CHRISTMAS TOY PROGRAM SAVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Starlight Enterprises is opening its doors to assist the Share-A-Christmas effort. The program has been looking for warehouse space big enough to store and distribute toys with no luck. But SEI CEO Cassie Elvin has volunteered part of her building on Commercial Avenue in New Philadelphia. She says clearing a space will be no problem. She says the Starlight workers are also enthusiastic about the project. Share-A-Christmas organizers have talked with up to 50 business owners in the last few weeks hoping to find a warehouse before Elvin came forward to save the day.
SEWER DISTRICT CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN
NEW PHILADELPHIA - New contracts are on the horizon for a number of Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District employees. Director Mike Jones says he met with the county commissioners Monday to discuss the process. Jones says 15 AFSCME workers are involved with this contract but he believes the process will go smoothly as the current agreement expires December 31st. The previous AFSCME negotiations resulted in one and a half percent raises for bargaining employees in each of the last three years.
POLICE INVESTIGATE RECENT ROBBERIES
UHRICHSVILLE – Authorities are reminding area residents that crime can occur in any town, no matter the size. Police continue to investigate the August Rite Aid pharmacy robbery, a hold up earlier this month at the Short Stop Drive Thru and most recently and an armed robbery Sunday night at Circle K. Police Chief Vince Beal says he believes many of the local criminals are jobless and need money for their addictions. Beal says Uhrichsville is also experiencing property vandalism with many making off with small change and personal items. Beal says officers are reviewing surveillance tape of Sunday’s incident, which shows a 5’9 white male entering and leaving the store wearing a camo fleece jacket, black toboggan and jeans.
FARMERS INPUT NEEDED ON CAUV FORMULA
COLUMBUS - Ohio Farm Bureau leaders say they are asking local farmers to provide input on the state’s voluntary land tax formula. OFBF Legal Education Director Amy Milam says the current agricultural use value calculation has lead to significant increases in 41 counties this year with Tuscarawas County experiencing the hike last year. Milam says crop prices and low interest rates are creating the spike. Milam says OFBF is considering adjustments to the CAUV equation. She says local farmers can take part in the research by filling out an online survey with details specific to their land and past tax. Milam says the accumulated information could be used in policy proposals to be reviewed at the federation’s annual December meeting.
TWO BEGIN VOLUNTARY EBOLA QUARANTINE
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Health Department Director Katie Seward says two county residents could have potentially been exposed to the deadly virus while on the same Frontier Airlines flight as the Texas nurse. Seward reminds the public to stay calm as neither showed symptoms Thursday. Tuscarawas County health officials also tell the Times Reporter that the two people have agreed to a voluntary 21-day quarantine and will remain at home. County health officials will visit their homes once a day to monitor their temperatures and the people will also take their own temperatures at least once a day. If symptoms begin to manifest, they will be transported to a health care facility and Union Hospital will be notified. In the meantime, the county health department is setting up a meeting in the coming days to collaborate with the Tuscarawas County Commissioners, the sheriff’s office and the New Philadelphia City Health Department. Meanwhile, Seward says the health department has updated information about Ebola on its new website at http://tchdnow.org/. The Ohio Department of Health is also operating a 24-hour call center for questions at 1-866-800-1404.
LANE ESCAPES CHARGES
LIMA (AP) An Ohio prosecutor has decided against filing charges against convicted high school shooter T.J. Lane for escaping prison because he doesn't want to give Lane another chance to anger the victims' families. The Lima News reports that the Allen County prosecutor talked with the families of the three students killed in the 2012 school shooting near Cleveland before deciding not to charge the 20-year-old Lane.
KERRY RULES OUT APOLOGY
WASHINGTON (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry is ruling out a U.S. apology to North Korea to secure the release of two detained Americans. Kerry says North Korea should free Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae because they are being held "inappropriately." North Korea this week released another American, Ohio's Jeffrey Fowle, who had been held for six months after his arrest for leaving a Bible in a nightclub.
CLINIC RISKS LICENSE
CINCINNATI (AP) The Department of Health has warned that Cincinnati's last abortion clinic risks losing its license if it doesn't get a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital as required by Ohio law. The notification was sent this week to the facility run by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region.
TOUGHER RULES TO FLY
NEW YORK (AP) Airline passengers arriving in New York and New Jersey who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa are now subject to much stricter rules. The big one imposed by the governors of the two states is a mandatory, 21-day quarantine. It was spurred by the diagnosis of Ebola in a recently returned doctor who became ill. The first arrival subject to the quarantine is a woman who subsequently developed a fever and is being evaluated.
2 DEAD, 7 INJURED IN SCHOOL SHOOTING
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) Investigators in Washington state continue to puzzle over what might have motivated a well-liked, athletic, high school football player to open fire on fellow students in a cafeteria. Officials say Jaylen Fryberg killed one student and himself. Four students were wounded, three critically.
2 DEPUTIES KILLED
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A suspect described as a "one-man crime spree" is in custody in California after the shooting deaths of two sheriff's deputies. Another deputy and a civilian were wounded in the incident. Authorities say Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City eluded hundreds of searchers for several hours before being hunted down and forced to surrender.
WORLD SERIES:Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs and four hits before Kansas City's bullpen tossed four hitless innings of relief in a 3-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco. Alcides Escobar doubled on the game's first pitch and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Royals took a two-games-to-one lead in the World Series. Alex Gordon hit an RBI double and scored on Eric Hosmer's single to put the Royals ahead 3-0 in the sixth.
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