TUSCARAWAS (WJER) - Well the woods are filling back up with hunter orange as wildlife enthusiasts get out for the start of Spring Turkey season. The youth hunting period started it all off for our northeast zone in the state. Tuscarawas County Wildlife Officer Michael Budd says popularity for the sport has boomed since beginning in the 60’s, in part because of the heightened challenge. He says turkey have some of the best sense of sight and sound in our native woods. Budd says the local population has been thriving the past few years thanks to the 17-year cicada, which helped the numbers grow, with plentiful food allowing more poults to reach adulthood. This year’s spring season bag limit is two bearded turkey. During the first part of the season through May 13 hunting hours are 30-minutes before sunrise until noon. From May 14 until the 27, hunting hours are 30-minutes before sunrise until sunset.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County officials are just about ready to begin a summer full of roadwork. Engineer Joe Bachman says his office plans to pave nearly 30-miles of county roadways this construction season, with a majority taking place on Old Town Valley Road just south of New Philadelphia as well as County Road 21, or Old Stone Creek Road. Bachman says he decides a year in advance which roads will be paved so preparations can be made ahead of time. He says elsewhere, the county’s roads have fared well through the winter thanks to their chip-seal strategy that helped roads stay intact through the freezing and thawing process. Without any specific numbers, bachman says this year’s round of paving comes in just a little lower than last year’s road work, so he says they were able to plan replacement work for a bridge out on Angel Valley Road. He says that work could have the road closed for as long as six weeks as county crews replace that 30-foot bridge.

DOVER (WJER) - A Democratic gubernatorial candidate stopped in Tuscarawas County Sunday along his campaign trail for Ohio Governor. Former Federal Watchdog Richard Cordray visited the United Steelworkers Union Hall in Dover, along with his running mate Betty Sutton, to meet with constituents and make his case for becoming Ohio’s next Governor and Lt. Governor. Cordray says he was determined to make a stop in the valley before voters go to the polls may 8th. He touched on a number of issues he hopes to address if elected, with a focus on the reversing the continued cuts to local funding that he says have forced counties and municipalities to raise taxes in response. Cordray is up against U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, former Ohio Supreme Court justice bill O’Neill, and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni in the Democratic Primary.

TUSCARAWAS (WJER) – Things have been more difficult than usual on area athletic directors. New Philadelphia Athletic Director Matt Dennison says the weather has canceled many spring games and rescheduling them hasn’t been easy. Dover Athletic Director Tim McCrate says it’s hard to find time that works for everybody to get makeup games in. Dennison says they are required to make up the conference games, which take precedence over the others. McCrate says they will always try to get in what they can. They say there are several factors to look at like field conditions and temperatures when deciding whether to cancel a game, with the top priority being the safety of those athletes.

(WJER) – City officials are reminding residents about an ordinance that regulates what can be on the curb strip in front of their homes with the election approaching. Council member Bob Mueller says aside from garbage cans on trash day, the areas by the road should be kept clear. The main problem for now seems to be “for sale” signs, but he expects to see more political signs as voting day gets closer. He says violators can actually be fined for this, although that’s typically reserved for repeat offenders. Mueller says it’s a matter of maintaining appearances.

DOVER (WJER) – The city is reviving another option for residents to get rid of yard waste. Dover closed its drop off site near the wastewater plant at the start of the year when the Stark-Tusc-Wayne Recycling District suspended funding during the off-season. City Service Director Dave Douglas says the district is now providing an $8,500 grant to reopen the site in early May. He’s unsure how long it will remain open because they are still finalizing a contract with a compost company to haul the yard debris away from the site, and they don’t want to use any city funds after the grant runs out. But Dover still does curbside yard waste pickups free for residents who request the service.  


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio police officer is sore but not seriously injured after he was hit by a pickup truck while investigating highway accidents. The accident involving a Miami Township police officer happened on Interstate 75 Saturday night near Dayton. The state highway patrol says the driver alleged to have struck the officer is suspected of drunken driving.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The Toledo Marathon says this year's winners have broken both the women's and men's course records for the 26.2-mile distance. Organizers of Sunday's Glass City Marathon say 28-year-old Maura Lemon from Dayton ran a new course record of 2:45:37 in the women's division. The race says 32-year-old men's winner Aaron Cooper of Sarnia, Ontario, in Canada, also ran a new record with a finishing time of 2:20:58.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio woman who provided alcohol to a 17-year-old boy whose body was found near her home has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Chillicothe Gazette reports that Sandy France, of Chillicothe, was arrested Friday after being indicted by a Ross County grand jury. Jason Bartley Jr. died of acute alcohol intoxication and abuse of benzodiazepines, a drug typically prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia last year. It's unclear whether France has an attorney.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The "Stop to Live" program is touted by its creators and other advocates as the first in the U.S. to address substance-abuse prevention for special-needs children. Born of the opioid epidemic, it was launched in March at LifeTown Columbus, an indoor village in New Albany that teaches life skills to visiting special-needs schoolchildren from around Ohio. Plans are to roll it out nationally next year.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - As an intensive manhunt continues for the suspect in a Waffle House restaurant shooting that killed four people, police are warning residents of a Nashville neighborhood to beware of the alleged killer. Authorities say more than 80 Nashville police officers continued to search for Travis Reinking early Monday. Police say Reinking was nearly naked when he opened fire outside in the parking lot and then stormed the restaurant. Four people were killed, four were hurt.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - James Shaw, Jr. says that when he snatched the gun from a man who had killed four people at a Nashville Waffle House Sunday morning, "It was life or death." The 29-year-old says he was thinking about self-preservation when he wrestled with the gunman who shot and killed two people in the restaurant parking lot, another two inside and wounded others. Waffle House CEO Walter Ehmer thanked Shaw for his bravery.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says it has halted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts on the border ahead of inter-Korean talks this week. The Defense Ministry says it turned off loudspeaker broadcasts Monday to try to ease tensions and establish an environment for peaceful talks. It had been broadcasting propaganda since the North's fourth nuclear test in early 2016. News reports said unspecified North Korean broadcasts were heard sporadically in the South on Monday morning.

SHANGHAI (AP) - Caught in an infamous corporate rivalry in China, major global brands tell AP they've been punished by Alibaba after refusing exclusive partnerships with the e-commerce giant. At stake is access to a $610 billion online marketplace in China. Alibaba says it gives perks for exclusivity, but has never punished anyone.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The panel may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation as all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him in Monday's vote. The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week.

NBA: LeBron James and Kyle Korver combined for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory at Indiana to even the series at 2. James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists - his 100th career playoff game with 30 or more. Korver made four 3s and wound up with 18 points. Indiana was led by Domantas Sabonis with 19 points. Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo each scored 17. Game 5 will be Wednesday in Cleveland.

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