DOVER - The kids sound like they’ve been having a good time at the Tuscarawas County Fair this week. A group of Newcomerstown pre-school students was touring the fairgrounds today, learning about the different animals and exhibits as part of the fair’s Old McDonald’s Farm experience. They’ll all have something to remember it by. Fair Board Director Dan Widder is in charge of the Old McDonald’s Farm display, which allows the kids to come up close to see mother barn animals with their young ones. Widder says you’d be surprised at how the students pay attention. As far as the fair schedule, tonight is the concert with Erica Dawn, the Joseph Sisters and Chris Higbee. Thursday it’s the open class draft horse hitch show and drag race.

DOVER - Tuscarawas County fairgoers were getting to share thoughts and concerns directly with their congressman Tuesday.  7th
District Representative Bob Gibbs was at the GOP’s booth under the grandstands to hear from constituents. Gibbs tells WJER he was hearing a lot about healthcare, and he is hoping the Senate can pass an overhaul bill soon so it can head to conference committee. He also expects there to be tax reform legislation drafted in the next couple weeks.    

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A familiar name has been nominated to join the New Philadelphia School Board. The board will vote Monday night whether to appoint New Philadelphia Fire Chief Jim Parrish to fill the vacancy left by Steve Jenkins’ resignation. Board president Don Kemp says the school board members are the ones who first nominate the candidate to fill a vacancy, and then they officially vote on it. Kemp says they had 21 people send in letters wanting to join. The board then interviewed seven of them. Kemp hopes Parrish is a popular pick because he says Parrish’s fire safety background would be a benefit to the school buildings, while his EMT training gives him knowledge about the drug epidemic. Parrish also has labor-management experience. 

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A New Philadelphia financial advisor says it is another example that no brick-and-mortar retailers are safe anymore. Paul Gorgas is talking about the announcement by Toys R Us to file bankruptcy, joining 18 other businesses such as Payless and Gymboree to do the same since the start of the year. He calls it another side effect of the internet and online sales. Gorgas says the biggest culprit is Amazon. He says Toys R Us will remain open through at least the holidays, while they re-negotiate with their creditors and suppliers.  

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A once-loved event at the Kent State Tuscarawas campus is making a return as the school approaches its golden anniversary. Spokesman Chad Conrad says the university will once again host its Distinguish Speaker Series, which is now being called “Tusc Talks” with a featured speaker every year starting this October. Conrad says the program offers a unique opportunity to hear from people we may otherwise never have a chance to meet. Conrad says they will split the focus between students and the public for each series installment. The first Tusc Talk is October 12th at 7:30pm and is free for the community. He says there will also be a book signing by that speaker, astronaut Scott Parazynski, following the talk. 

DOVER - Tuscarawas County Fair officials are aiming to create a new feel inside one of the barns this year. Senior Fair Board member Jacque Peters says the Fine Arts barn is a chance for people who are not in 4-H to showcase their skills by submitting entries in photography, scrap booking, quilting, and even baking categories. She says they have rearranged the exhibit to appear more like an art gallery this year. They have been busy collecting, judging, and displaying the projects inside the barn, which is just down from the Clover Café. The fair runs through Sunday.  

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Health department officials are letting us know it is not too early to start thinking about getting a flu shot. Nursing Director Nicole Bache says they have been offering the vaccine for a few weeks already. It is better to act now instead of waiting for flu season to pick up in October and November. Bache says you can get the shot now without having to worry about it losing effectiveness at the end of flu season. Bache says any flu cases around Ohio have been very sporadic so far. Kentucky has had some confirmed cases near Louisville.   

- The 2017 edition of the Tuscarawas County Fair begins today. Tuscarawas County 4-H Program Coordinator Kiersten Heckel says visitors might notice some changes, such as a new booth in the commercial building showcasing the different community service projects done locally by 4-H members throughout the year. The fair board has also made some landscaping improvements around the fairgrounds, and some of the barns and buildings also have new roofs this year. 

DOVER - A recent Day One tradition at the county fair continues today. The fair board is showing its appreciation by letting veterans in free today. Holly Lane with the Tuscarawas County Veterans Services office says all they have to do is show proof they served. Lane says the veterans will also be receiving free food vouchers today, good to use at a few of the stands. The fair schedule today is highlighted by the tough truck show at the grandstands at 7:30pm.  

DENNISON - An important piece will be added to the Dennison Depot as work begins to restore the Chesapeake & Ohio Steam Engine No. 2700 it acquired 20 years ago. It is being paid for by an ODOT transportation enhancement grant and other matching funds. Director Wendy Zucal says the steam engine will be a focal point as visitors enter the historic Center Street district. Project head Jason Johnson will create an accurate but cosmetic restoration using both original and replicated pieces of the train.

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The three suspects who allegedly admitted to being involved with the shooting death of 19-year-old Luke Cabbage of New Philadelphia are in the Tuscarawas County Jail. They are 22-year-old Kyle Boyd, 20-year-old Jordan Robinson, and 19-year-old Arnoldo Moreno, all of the Jefferson County area. The initial holder charges against them include aggravated murder, robbery, and conspiracy. Cabbage was found dead in a Newcomerstown front yard Monday morning.   

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The county’s dog warden is making progress on his goal of cutting euthanasia rates in his department. Terry Warner says they are down 50% since he started partnering with six other shelters across county and state lines to find temporary homes for lost animals. Warner expects to lower euthanasia numbers even more by finding additional shelters to partner with, and he hopes more owners will be getting dog licenses thanks to a new mailing system. Licenses can help reunite lost dogs with owners as well as reduce shelter populations.   

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County health officials are reminding us to follow tips to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate breeding sites. The county has had its first probable human case of West Nile reported for 2017. Health Commissioner Katie Seward says the man went to get checked earlier this month after experiencing some of the symptoms that can include a fever and joint pains. However, he did not require hospitalization. Seward says the county has also had its first horse of the year test positive for West Nile, in the northwest part of the county. That horse is expected to be OK.     

STRASBURG - The Strasburg man determined to mow 100 lawns for free has wrapped up that project and is immediately starting up the next. Good Neighbor Project Founder Andrew Wilsterman says he now wants to walk 100 miles of Tuscarawas County picking up litter and even some followers along the way. Wilsterman says you can find him on Facebook at the Good Neighbor Project page to find out how you can become a part of the movement. Wilsterman says since finishing his first goal he has been inspired to keep finding ways to help out and give back. Wilsterman says there will also be potluck at Tuscora Park to get the Good Neighbor supporters together and plan for the projects to come.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge says the physical reaction of an Ohio inmate being put to death wasn't enough to stop the execution under current law governing lethal injection in the state. Judge Michael Merz also says it was likely too late for him to act by the time attorneys for inmate Gary Otte reached him by phone. An attorney who reached Merz after the execution started said there were signs Otte was crying, clenching his hands and that his stomach was heaving.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio lawmakers are looking at cutting the penalties for concealed-carry permit holders who don't tell police that they have a weapon when they're detained by authorities. A House committee on Tuesday approved lessening the penalties. The proposal would reduce the penalty for not alerting police about the guns from a misdemeanor that carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to only a $25 fine.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland has asked the FBI for help in reducing the number of unsolved homicides. Police Chief Calvin Williams on Tuesday announced the formation of a homicide review task force that will include FBI agents and Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies. Mayor Frank Jackson last month called the low clearance rate for homicides "unacceptable." About half of the city's 85 homicides this year remain unsolved.
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - A prosecutor in Ohio says the mother of a 15-month-old girl who died after she was left inside a car by her mother as the woman worked nearby will not be charged in the death. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said Wednesday that the mother of Sofia Aveiro made a "horrible mistake." But he said there is no evidence that she acted with "heedless indifference," required by law for charges. Fornshell says the mother was late for work and forgot she hadn't dropped Sofia at day care.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexico City government says 52 people have been rescued from the rubble of collapsed buildings in the capital following Tuesday's powerful earthquake. The city's Social Development Department tweeted the number Wednesday afternoon and added: "We won't stop."
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - An official at the U.S. Virgin Islands Emergency Operations Center says there are no immediate reports of deaths or injuries on St. Croix from Hurricane Maria but a full assessment hasn't been completed. Spokeswoman Nykole Tyson says the storm tore many roofs off of buildings and downed threes across the island.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Expect a Senate vote on a GOP health care bill next week. That word comes from a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The bill would repeal central elements of former President Barack Obama's health care law. McConnell has been short of votes for the legislation and it remains unclear if he has the votes in hand to pass the measure.
NEW YORK (AP) - A group of Democratic senators is pressing the Trump administration to comply with a law that requires the administration to tell Congress of potential breaches by Iran of the landmark nuclear deal. The senators say the executive branch must share with Congress any Iranian violations within 10 days of receiving that information. The lawmakers say they've received no such notifications so far.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Japan's leader is urging international unity in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the U.N. General Assembly the "gravity of this threat is unprecedented." Two North Korean missiles have traversed his nation in the past three weeks.

MLB: Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled four times, and the incredible Cleveland Indians rolled on by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 for their 25th victory in 26 games. Roberto Perez added a solo home run for the AL Central champions to support a strong outing by Mike Clevinger.


TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, scattered showers possible, low 62
THURSDAY: Sunny, high 86
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, high 89  
SATURDAY: Sunny skies, high 86