WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
PERPLEXED OFFICIALS SEEK ANSWERS TO PAVING PROBLEMS
NEW PHILADELPHIA – City officials say they are working to remedy the W. High Ave. paving project shortcomings. Service Director Jim Zucal says the administration is disappointed with last fall’s work downtown that lasted into November. He says some problems became apparent right away and only escalated during winter salting and snow-plowing. His office has been fielding several complaints in recent weeks, as well. Zucal says state transportation inspectors agree and are in talks with the project contractor, the Shelly Company of Twinsburg, to correct the problem. Zucal says the city wants to get the downtown paving fixed in the next few weeks ahead of the W. High Ave. expansion project this summer.
VILLAGE RECEIVES CASH FOR RECYCLING
SUGARCREEK - Sugarcreek leaders say village residents have stepped up their recycling habits this past year. Mayor Clayton Weller says Kimble collected 186 tons of reusable material in 2013, up from just 76 tons in the programs first year. Weller says the village received a check for $3,700, just before Earth Day, for the recycling efforts. He says that money will be used for park and downtown enhancements. Weller says he’s proud to see the community working to protect the environment. Weller says in addition to the village-purchased 65-gallon recycling containers, residents can also put one large article on their curb a month, which is then also disposed of by Kimble.
EARTH DAY BRINGS RECYCLING AWARENESS
BOLIVAR - Recycling officials are reminding local residents to reduce their waste every day but especially Tuesday as we celebrate Earth Day. Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District Director David Held says the awareness effort began back in 1970 by a Wisconsin U.S. senator and is now recognized across the world. Held says New Philadelphia residents recycled the most last year in Tuscarawas County through the city’s curbside pick-up program and community sites, which are also open to the public.
Held says the district accepts various paper and plastic products one through seven, though hard plastics used to make garbage cans and lawn chairs are not accepted.
VALLEY WELL REPRESENTED AT BOSTON MARATHON
BOSTON - Some of the area’s most elite runners have had a chance to be at the center of this year’s emotional Boston Marathon. New Philadelphia Council member Rob Maurer says he ran the premiere racing event for the seventh time Monday morning, which began with a moment of silence for the victims of last year’s bombing attack. Maurer says the most noticeable difference this year was security. Jacquie Triplett of New Philadelphia says the circumstances motivated her to participate in the marathon for the first time this year. Dover Historical Society Director Matt Lautzenheiser says the massive crowds were inspirational as he ran the race for the second time. Results are now posted at http://www.baa.org/searchable-results.html.
ALLERGY SEASON HITS TUSCARAWAS COUNTY
DOVER - Area specialists say patients are beginning to feel the side effects of allergy season. Dr. David Hartman, with the ENT Allergy and Sinus Cnter in Dover says his clients are sneezing more than usual and complaining of watery or itchy eyes this week. Hatman says he believes the Tuscarawas Valley will experience an intense spring allergy season following such a long winter. Hartman says over-the counter medications or nasal steroids can sometimes ease mild allergy symptoms but he says continued congestion should be addressed by a doctor. Hartman says patients are sometimes confused about the difference between the common cold and allergies but he says most allergies result in a clear nasal discharge.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS STRESS LEVY IMPORTANCE
ZOARVILLE - Tuscarawas Valley School leaders are spreading the word about the district’s operating levy request while also celebrating student achievement. Superintendent Mark Murphy says "Continue the Excellence" cookouts are planned for this week to highlight the school’s state status but he says town hall meetings will follow to discuss the 8.9 mill levy. Murphy says the evenings should be relaxed but informational. Murphy says following the November ballot attempt failure by just 152 votes, bussing and educational hours were reduced. Murphy says defeat again would require additional cuts and the loss of 15 more teaching positions. Wednesday’s event begins at 6:30 PM at the Warren Township Community Center with Thursday’s starting at 6:30 PM at the Wilkshire Banquet Center.
KUESTER MOVES FROM MIDVALE TO DOVER
DOVER - City officials are welcoming a decision by one business to relocate its operations to the city. Mayor Rick Homrighausen says Kuester Implement will be moving its John Deere dealership from Midvale to the former Baker Hi-Way Express property at the city’s South Industrial Park near I-77. Homrighausen says the relocation has been in the works for more than a year, but the city had to offer no tax abatements or other incentives to facilitate the move. He says the company could add a job or two when the transfer is complete. He says council will still have to review signage plans and utility extensions to the site where construction could get underway next month and be complete later this year.
TWO FIRES DAMAGE HOMES ON EASTER
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Fire fighters in New Philadelphia and Dennison were called out for two separate fires early Easter morning. A two-story house on S. 5th St. in Dennison attracted a crowd about 1:15 AM Sunday. The two-story wood frame Lewis Segee home was engulfed when fire fighters arrived. The fire apparently started in a bedroom. No one was injured as neighbors woke Segee in time. The state fire marshal will help determine the cause. In New Philadelphia, the Mindy Tomkins trailer in the ShelMar mobile home park sustained $50,000 in damage from a fire that also apparently started in a bedroom. No one was injured in the 12:30 AM blaze, but the flames did scorch the trailer next door on Driftwood Dr. The fire has been ruled accidental.
ODOT OPENS NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - ODOT officials say drivers traveling from Stark County into Tuscarawas County are noticing a travel pattern change this week. District 11 Spokeswoman Becky Giauque says crews constructed a new bi-directional traffic flow to finish a major resurfacing project and bridge replacements. Giauque says the southbound lanes are now split with one lane of traffic crossing over to the northbound side. Giauque says she expects the recent congestion complaints to cease now that the crossover is built. Giauque says the operation is similar to what was in place in that same area last year and is currently being built south of New Philadelphia but she says the location makes this work a little more complicated. Giauque says the construction zone between Fohl Road and the county line should be finished this October.
MUSIC HIGHLIGHT ANNOUNCED FOR COUNTY FAIR
DOVER – Tuscarawas County Fair officials say they are spending a little more money on entertainment this year to bring country music star Kix Brooks to perform. Fair Board President Steve Cronebaugh says the singer is well-known for being part of the duo Brooks and Dunn and will appear as the Wednesday night headliner. He says the traditional Tough Trucks, motocross, tractor pulls and demolition derby are also on the schedule for the fair, which starts September 15.
PANGRAZIO INDUCTED INTO SECOND HALL OF FAME
DENNISON - A Dennison man is joining the ranks of the greatest contributors to the game of basketball in the state’s history. 89-year-old Joe Pangrazio has been selected to this year’s class to the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony May 17th in Columbus for serving as a referee for more than 50 years. Pangrazio says he can look back on countless highlights over his career, including a span of working 12 state basketball championships. Pangrazio was also part of the first group inducted into the Ohio High School Officials Hall of Fame in 1989.
BAD WEATHER FACTORS INTO FATAL PLANE CRASH
CEDAR GROVE, WV – The National Transportation Safety Board says stormy weather may have influenced small private plane to deviate its course and crash, killing a Holmes county couple two weeks ago. 50-year-old Lazarus Sommers and his 56-year-old wife Mary Ann Sommers of Benton died in the April 11 crash. The NTSB says the plane received permission to make a 30-degree turn to avoid precipitation but instead took a 270-degree turn and crashed.
VISITORS TO DECIDE PARK IMPROVEMENTS
COLUMBUS (AP) - State officials are preparing to invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's 74 state parks over the next two years. Park visitors will help decide through a website which camp sites, cabins, lodges, restrooms, shower houses, trails, roads and wastewater treatment facilities see improvements. A more detailed announcement is expected today. Ohio's is one of only seven park systems nationally that charges no entry fees.
COACH PLEADS NO CONTEST
STEUBENVILLE (AP) A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players has pleaded no contest to two charges. The Ohio attorney general's office says Matt Belardine entered no contest pleas today in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking.
FALSE DISTRESS CALL LEADS TO FINE
CINCINNATI (AP) An appeals court says an Ohio man whose false distress call triggered a massive, 21-hour search on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 to the US and Canadian agencies involved in the needless rescue effort. In a 2-1 opinion today, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati says a lower court properly ordered 21-year-old Danik Kumar of Sandusky to pay back all costs associated with the March 2012 search for a boat in distress.
OBAMA BEGINS ASIAN TOUR
TOKYO (AP) - President Obama has arrived in Japan, the first stop of a four-country Asian tour. He's headed straight for a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before bilateral talks Thursday. The president will also visit South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, where police have been clashing with protestors.
JINDO, South Korea (AP) - Divers will have to rip through cabin walls to retrieve the bodies of more victims of a sunken ferry off southern South Korea. So far 150 people are confirmed dead, but about 150 people are still missing. Officials say divers have recovered bodies from open areas of the vessel.
PLANE SEARCH METHODICAL
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Officials plan to search deeper in the Indian Ocean for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8. Australia's prime minister says officials plan to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the ocean. A US Navy robotic sub has scanned most of the 120-square-mile area it's supposed to cover, but as of yet, officials say it's found nothing related to the plane. Meanwhile, unidentified material that's washed ashore in southwestern Australia is being examined.
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