TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

 

 

 

 

COUNCIL OVERCOMES CONSTRUCTION DELAY

NEW PHILADELPHIA - This summer’s Community Development Block Grant project for improvements around West Elementary School will now begin with only a slight delay. The work was unable to start as intended Monday after council member Cheryl Ramos last week voted against legislation accepting the project’s contractor. She says she objected to that portion because it was presented to council so late in the process. Ramos was absent from a special meeting Monday night where council approved the ordinance on its second reading, and Mayor Dave Johnson says the project can now get underway Wednesday. Council member Darrin Lautenschleger, who was absent last week, says he found the holdup and the need to gather again to decide on the legislation odd because Ramos voted in favor of the project in committee. Construction along north Tuscarawas Ave., which will include sidewalks and a bus lane, should take about two weeks to complete.

 

POST OFFICES HOPE COMMUNITY CAN DELIVER

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Post offices in two area villages could reduce their hours or even close depending on the outcomes of community meetings later this summer. The US Postal Service sent out surveys to residents in the villages of Dennison and Tuscarawas asking how often they use the local office. Spokesman David Van Allen says mail volume across the United States has dropped by 50% forcing the USPS to make adjustments. Van Allen says the overall plan is to just reduce hours and preserve the rural post office. The Tusky post office meeting is set for July 30 at the Community Center and Dennison residents can attend their meeting August 21 at the First Presbyterian Church.

 

PHILA SCHOOLS ATTEMPTING LEVY RENEWAL

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The New Philadelphia School District is looking to keep its momentum going with voters following the slim levy victory from this past spring. District treasurer Steve Sherer says the school board has agreed to place a 5.9-mill renewal operating levy on the ballot this November. Sherer says if the district is unable to pass this renewal, which brings in about 660-thousand dollars a year, it would wipe out the progress made during the spring levy victory. Sherer says this levy would not be an additional tax and was first approved in 1994 and renewed every five years since then.

 

MEASLES OUTBREAK NEARING END

DOVER  - Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are starting to relax their offensive against the measles epidemic. Nursing Clinic Director Judy Tornabene says the last case of the recent outbreak was confirmed in Holmes County at the end of June, with the incubation period ending August 11. Tornabene says after giving 112 free doses of the MMR vaccine in June, her office has only administered about a dozen of the shots so far this month. However, Tornabene says measles could still reappear here with smaller outbreaks continuously happening all around the country. The recent epidemic started when an unvaccinated Amish group traveled to the Philippines and brought the measles back to Knox County. The outbreak grew to 368 cases in nine counties. 

 

PAC SEASON FEATURES COMEDIAN, BROADWAY SHOWS

NEW PHILADELPHIA -  The secret is out for the musicians and acts that will be coming in for the fifth season at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. General Manager Mike Morelli says the season gets underway with comedian Rodney Carrington August 29 followed a week later by a sing-a-long performance of the musical Grease. Morelli says the schedule also includes some returning favorites such as Mannheim Steamroller and Stomp. But Morelli says he expects some more names to be joining the schedule later in the season. Broadway performances include Flash Dance and Sister Act, and tribute bands will honor Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin. A complete list is available on the PAC website http://www.tusc.kent.edu/pac/event/index.cfm.

 

AMERICORPS WORKERS TO ARRIVE

NEW PHILADELPHIA – Tuscarawas County commissioners say they are welcoming a conservation worker to help restore the environment over the next year. Commissioner Belle Everett says AmeriCorps worker Laura Davis is set to arrive in August to focus on county properties, including the Norma Johnson Center area. She will join three other annual AmeriCorps workers designated for the Huff Run and Mud Run Watersheds, as well as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.

 

MANDEL SINGLES OUT SUPERB WORKER

SUGARCREEK - State officials are recognizing a local worker for pursuing a skilled trade. Sugarcreek resident and SUPERB Industries technician Amy Cappon was  personally awarded an Ohio Strong award Thursday by state Treasurer Josh Mandel. Cappon says she was just hoping to better her knowledge when she entered the company’s in-house training program. Mandel says he’s presented 50 awards since March as he encourages young people to enter the skilled trades workforce because jobs remain unfilled as baby boomers retire. Mandel says he is also pushing for schools to reinstate shop classes as nearly 48% of college graduates are working jobs that lack degree requirements. Mandel says the state legislature must allocate more money to public high schools to help fill the skills gap.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

STATE NEWS

 

 

 

TEENS CHARGED IN ROCK-THROWING ON PERRY TEACHER

MIFFLINBURG, PA (AP) - Three Pennsylvania teenagers now stand charged as adults in a highway rock-throwing incident in Pennsylvania that left an Stark County teacher critically injured. 17-year-old Milton resident Tyler Gregory Porter appeared in court Monday on charges including aggravated assault and conspiracy. Court records say Porter told police another boy threw the rock that hit the car. Two other teens were previously arrested. A fourth participant has been charged as a juvenile. State police say the teens drove to an I-80 overpass July 10 to throw rocks. One large rock blasted through a car windshield and hit 52-year-old Uniontown, Ohio, resident Sharon Budd in the face. The Perry Schools teacher remains in critical condition.

 

POPULATION BALANCE SHIFTS

COLUMBUS (AP) - New census data show working-class whites now make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, a demographic change that has both parties expanding their efforts to reach other voters. Unpublished 2014 census figures show about 4.1 million, or 48%, of eligible voters in Ohio are working-class whites. That's down from 50.5% in November 2012. In response Democrats are trying to paint themselves as the party of diversity with a 2014 statewide ticket that features three white men, two white women and one black woman. Republicans meanwhile are trying to reach more female voters and college students as they try to widen their appeal. Longtime Democratic strategist Greg Haas says Ohio is too balanced for either party to ignore any segment of voters.

 

DEATH OF BABY KILLED BY DOG IS RULED AN ACCIDENT

DAYTON (AP) - Authorities say a 7-month-old boy attacked and killed by a dog in southwestern Ohio was from Indiana. The Montgomery County coroner's office in Ohio said Monday that autopsy results showed Jonathon Quarles Jr., of Indianapolis, died of multiple injuries from the attack. Police say the baby's step-grandmother was watching him for the day in Dayton when her dog attacked and killed him yesterday afternoon.

  

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

 

VA NOMINEE UP FOR KEY VOTE

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department appears headed to easy confirmation. Robert McDonald goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today. Veterans Affairs has been plagued by treatment delays and falsified appointment records to cover up long wait times.

 

NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED TO BORDER

AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of what he calls "lip service" from the federal government. He says the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week. Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the US.

 

PLANE CRASH REMAINS HEADED HOME

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Russian-backed separatists have allowed a train packed with bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane to leave eastern Ukraine. They've also agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes. The head of the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team says seeing the wreckage was chilling as most of the 298 victims were from the Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS:

MLB: Minnesota Twins 4 - Cleveland Indians 3

 

NFL: Johnny Manziel is No. 2 on Cleveland's depth chart but No. 1 as the NFL's top-selling jersey. The league said Monday the rookie quarterback's No. 2 jersey outsold all others from April 1 to July 17 on NFLShop.com. Manziel is followed on the list by three quarterbacks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, San Francisco's Colin Kapernick and Denver's Peyton Manning. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is fifth followed by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player. The league did not say how many Manziel jerseys - priced at $99.95 a pop - sold during the period. The Browns drafted the former Texas A&M star with the No. 22 pick. He'll enter his first training camp as Brian Hoyer's backup.

 

 

WEATHER:

TODAY: Mostly sunny and hot, Hi 88

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, Lo 70

WEDNESDAY: Morning sun, 70% chance of afternoon rain or thunderstorms, Hi 85

THURSDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 78 

 

 

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