TENNIS COURTS COMING TOGETHER ON SCHEDULE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscora Park officials say work continues on the six new tennis courts being installed at the park. Board Member Tom Farbizo says contractors found some dips and soil inconsistency in the base that supported the eight old courts, but he says they corrected the problem and leveled the ground that will hold the new, updated courts. Farbizo says all signs point to having the new courts ready in time for the girls’ tennis season this fall. He says some of the old courts were virtually unusable before crews removed them, so reducing the total number of courts to six shouldn’t make a big difference. Finishing construction on time will depend on the weather conditions over the next two months, but Farbizo says New Philadelphia has already prepared for delays by making an agreement with Dover to practice on their courts, and they have also scheduled a slew of away-tournaments to begin their season with.  

PHILA WEST END BRINGS OPTIMISM
NEW PHILADELPHIA – City officials are excited about what the growth on the west end of town could mean. Mayor Joel Day says the new Chipotle restaurant on Bluebell Drive has its grand opening Saturday. He expects it to draw a lot of cars off the interstate. Construction has started on the Smoke the Burger Joint restaurant in that same building with Chipotle. Its opening date has yet to be announced. Menards is still set to have construction begin in the spring. Day says these are all more reasons why it is crucial to re-engineer the West High Avenue–Bluebell Drive intersection to accommodate the increased traffic flow being projected.    

HARSH RAINS FLOOD AREA ROADS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The storms and flash flooding from the weekend left quite the mess on some area roadways. Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office Manager Martha Campbell says several county roads, including Oldtown Valley Road, Kinsey Road, Stone Creek Road, and Edie Hill Road all had to be closed temporarily Sunday for cleanups. Campbell says the road hit hardest was Mathias Raceway Road, south of New Philadelphia, where crews are making repairs today. Campbell says all of those roads are open today.

STRONG TURNOUT FOR UH “PLANT STRONG”
DOVER - Union Hospital is seeing a lot of interest in the concept of a plant-based diet. The hospital has a program on this topic called “Plant Strong,” with two-hour weekly meetings for six weeks starting August 22nd. Spokesman Darrin Lautenschleger says they are already out of room for a special introduction and kickoff dinner event for the program the hospital, which had room for 60 guests, but Lautenschleger says people can still sign up for the 6-week course. Registration for the plant strong program is $10, which covers the cost of materials. You can sign up at the Union Hospital website or by calling the community relations department.   

NATURE PARK PLANS PROGRESSING 
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The city is making progress on a green space development project that will give local students a place to extend their education beyond the classroom walls. Service Director Ron McAbier says the city will put the Crider Avenue park up for bid sometime in the next few months. The $170,000 project will give residents another place to enjoy nature within the city, while also providing an outdoor classroom for students to use during the school year. Most of the cost is being covered through a Clean Ohio Grant. The New Philadelphia School District is also providing about $20,000 for the project, with the city covering the rest. 

NEWCOMERSTOWN CUTTING BILLS THROUGH GREEN ENERGY
NEWCOMERSTOWN - The village of Newcomerstown is turning to alternative energy sources for big savings. Mayor Pat Cadle says Verde Solutions out of Chicago will be installing solar panels at two sites near the village’s wastewater treatment plant and water well field. Cadle says under the deal, Newcomerstown will have to pay only $116,000 in electric costs a year at the treatment plant for 20 years, compared to the $135,000 it pays now. He expects this to save $1 million over those 20 years.   He hopes to install the solar panels this fall. Cadle is also in talks with the company to use the village’s landfill to generate electricity to sell to American Electric Power to create an additional revenue stream for the village.

LINDSAY’S LAW SLATED FOR AUGUST 1ST

DOVER - Tuscarawas County health officials say youth athletes will have a new step to take before playing in any organized sports around Ohio. Health Commissioner Katie Seward says Lindsay’s Law is set to go into effect August 1st. The law requires athletes under the age of 19 to watch an informational video about sudden cardiac arrest, also known as SCA. Seward says the law also requires coaches to sit their players out if they start showing signs of SCAsomething they never had to do until now. Seward says coaches, parents, and guardians are also required to watch the video, which can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

UHRICHSVILLE CONSIDERING LANDLORD REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
UHRICHSVILLE – City officials are getting to the bottom of an issue that has stalled citywide cleanup efforts. Mayor Rick Dorland says council is considering an ordinance that would require landlords to register their properties with the city to make it easier to send cleanup notices. He says tracking down the rental landlords is often a challenge because many live out of state. If council passes the ordinance, landlords would have to pay a one-time $25 registration fee, no matter how many properties they own.  

OLD FIRE STATION’S FUTURE CONSIDERED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - There may still be some life left in the old fire station. Mayor Joel Day says he has been in talks with Buckeye Career Center about using the old station to host the school’s EMT training course. Any lease agreement could bring in new revenue to the city, with a final decision expected by next week. Engineers deemed the building safe because it no longer has to support the weight of multi-ton emergency vehicles moving in and out every day.

PHILA CITY AUCTION TOO BIG FOR ONE SITE
NEW PHILADELPHIA
– Some changes are coming to the city auction this year. Council member Rob Maurer says it will start at the old fire station at 5 p.m. on August 28th to sell off items left behind in that building. The auction then shifts to the city garage on Commercial Avenue later that evening with cars, bikes, and other large items to bid on. Maurer believes this location split will attract new buyers and save the city trouble with having to collect everything at one site.  

PROGRESS ON DOVER ICE RINK PLAN
DOVER - Building a Winter Dream committee members are unveiling some specifics on their plan to install an ice rink at Dover City Park. Member Pam Dummermuth says the 80-by-40-foot rink would be constructed every year next to the tennis courts at the park and can hold up 125 people at a time. Dummermuth says they can still expand that size if needed. Committee member Jodi Niklaus says the group has been doing their due diligence in trying to make sure the ice rink they build suits the community. The group has planned more quarter auctions to help reach their $200,000 goal. The first is slated for September 10th at Dover Memorial Hall. They hope to have the rink installed by mid-November of 2018. 

FATAL CRASHES TO GET A CLOSER LOOK
DOVER - The Tuscarawas County Safe Communities program is trying to get a better understanding of the conflicting crash statistics locally this year. Through mid-July, 674 crashes were investigated in the county, down 59 from a year earlier, but program coordinator Kelly Snyder says there have been 11 fatal crashes, compared to six in all of 2016. Snyder says the coalition will meet August 23rd to discuss those fatalities from the second quarter of this year, which included seven deadly wrecks in June alone.   

HOSPICE GARAGE SALE DRAWS NEAR
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Plans are coming together for this year’s Community Hospice Giant Garage Sale. Donations can be dropped off at different times at the fairgrounds from July 18th through the 29th. Co-Chair Stephanie Harris says it continues to grow. Harris says they have been working on this for over half a year now. Admission for the first day of the garage sale, Preview Night on August 3rd, has also dropped from $6 to $5 this year.  

STATE NEWS:
COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - A condemned killer in Ohio has arrived at the death house ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday as several requests for a delay are before the U.S. Supreme Court. A prisons department spokeswoman said Ronald Phillips got to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, about 24 hours before he is set to die in Ohio's first execution in more than three years.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (AP) - President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ohio on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Ohioans have mixed feelings about Republicans' efforts. Some who rely on government assistance say they're having trouble sleeping at night because they're worried about their medical expenses. Others are hopeful the Republican plan will make things more affordable for them.
 
COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - Regulators of Ohio's budding medical marijuana industry have received approval to spend an additional $6 million over the next two years on projects including a seed-to-sale tracking system. The funds for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program were approved Monday, adding to the previously approved $5 million. Officials say the program will repay the state using revenue from licensing fees.


NATIONAL NEWS:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Maine Republican Susan Collins has been captured on a live microphone ripping President Donald Trump and poking fun at a fellow lawmaker who had been critical of her on health care. She tells a Senate colleague that Trump's proposed 2018 budget is "incredibly irresponsible." And then she had thoughts about Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, who challenged her to a duel over health care. Collins says of her Republican colleague: "I don't mean to be unkind, but he's so unattractive it's unbelievable."

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says that he is "very disappointed" in Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he has not made up his mind as to whether to fire his longtime ally.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - After casting a crucial vote in the Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Arizona Sen. John McCain has delivered an impassioned speech pleading for Republicans and Democrats to work together. The 80-year-old McCain was given a boisterous welcome by senators from both parties as he entered the chamber for the first time since he was diagnosed with brain cancer
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats say the Senate parliamentarian has found additional parts of the Republican health care bill that Democrats can block because they violate Senate rules.  One provision would let insurers charge older people premiums at least five times greater than what younger customers pay. Republicans are trying to repeal much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, which limits that ratio to 3-1.
 
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says supporting the humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees as close to their home country as possible is the best way to help them. The president says the U.S. has helped Lebanese support Syrian refugees who are flooding into Lebanon by providing clean water, food, shelter and health care.


SPORTS:
MLB: Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice, and the Cleveland Indians won their fourth straight 6-2 over the tumbling Cincinnati Reds last night in the makeup of a May 25th rainout. Tomlin gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. Cleveland's bullpen did its part as well, with Andrew Miller working two innings and Cody Allen finishing up.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: Generally clear, low 57
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, high 85
THURSDAY: Cloudy with afternoon storms, high 78 
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, high 76

 

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