TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014
CEMETERY BOARD RESURRECTED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – A city council committee is taking another look at dwindling burial space by reinstating the city Cemetery Board. Citing lack of progress by the council cemetery committee, the assignment was shifted to the public works committee. Chair Darrin Lautenschleger says he supports resurrecting the board to include funeral home representatives and others. He says he is concerned that local residents are seeking plots outside of town because there are no more spaces side by side. Lautenschleger says he expects the newly named cemetery board members to meet within a couple months to identify potential cemetery space.
WINDOW ADVERTISING BEGINS AT AIRPORT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A window advertising partnership at the city airport is underway. Airport Commission Chairman Tom Farbizo updated council on the plan it approved earlier this year to generate revenue for Quaker Digital Academy scholarships and the city airport fund by using the hangar windows as advertising space. Farbizo says the first ad purchased by the QDA is now up, which also pays for the purchase of new energy efficient windows. Farbizo says he is also in contact with a few other businesses that could be interested in buying the next windows to advertise on.
VOTER SUBPOENAED TO CORRECT ELECTION ERROR
COSHOCTON - Coshocton County officials say a few Tuscarawas County residents could be required to reveal how they voted on a ballot issue in the May election. Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given says 87 people, who voted on the Coshocton County Career Center (JVS) permanent improvement levy, actually lived in a school district outside of the county and never should have received the option to vote on the Career Center tax, but were given the wrong ballot. Given says because the issue failed by just 12 votes, the Common Pleas Court has subpoenaed residents from six other districts, including Newcomerstown and Garaway to reveal their votes to a judge. Given say the election error must be corrected. Given says the process will be privately conducted August 15th in the judge’s chambers and the results will be re-calculated to determine the Career Center levy’s fate.
RED CROSS SEEKS DONATIONS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - American Red Cross leaders say a nationwide blood shortage is impacting northeast Ohio. Muskingum Lakes Chapter Director Kim Kroh says the organization is down by 80,000 donations nationwide this summer compared with previous months. Kroh says busy schedules, vacations and need in other communities all contribute the large decline. Kroh says the number of donors has also declined over the year as many people shy away from needles or believe they are unable to give but Kroh says the process is quick and generally painless. Kroh says blood drives are planned in Sugarcreek and New Philadelphia within the next week. Kroh says you can visit the organization’s website at http://www.redcross.org/blood for more information.
LOCAL CSEA PROMOTES PAYMENTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Child Support Enforcement Agency officials are spreading the word about child support the services offered by the agency. Director Traci Berry says her employees serve nearly 25,000 people in just Tuscarawas County. Berry says the individuals range from children to custodial and non-custodial parents and the process usually involves setting monthly payment amounts based on both parents’ incomes. Berry says the agency collects 70% of all money due locally, though 72% of people fall behind by at least a month at times. Berry says August is National Child Support Awareness Month and the CSEA is planning events over the next few weeks, along with extended hours for residents to visit the agency or receive assistance.
ENGINEER REQUESTING SURPLUS DOLLARS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County’s engineer says he has a plan for a new projected county budget surplus. Joe Bachman says he would like the total $1.1 million estimated for 2014 to be used in his department for infrastructure improvements, since the commissioners are making the same request for leftover state money to be used for roads in all 88 counties. Commissioner Belle Everett says funding ideas for roads last year were all defeated but she is hesitant to spend money based solely on projections, and commissioners may discuss the issue again at their regular meeting later this week.
HOSPITAL PREPS FOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
DOVER – Union Hospital officials are preparing for the $17 million emergency department construction project to begin. Spokesman Carey Gardner says crews will soon start to cut away at the hillside in the back of the hospital to expand the ER out and add a lower level. But he says the 18 months of work will change parking and arrival locations for patients as the ER will remain open. He says free valet parking at the ER entrance will keep problems down.
CHURCH CONTINUES BACK TO SCHOOL TRADITION
DOVER - Dover Foursquare Church leaders are preparing to give 400 students new school supplies this weekend. Associate Pastor and Program Coordinator Phyllis Sweitzer says the 12th annual giveaway this Saturday at 9AM is open to children grades K-12 and will include basic supplies like pencils, paper, book covers and more. Sweitzer says a personal experience many years ago inspired her to create the event and she hopes families will benefit for years to come. Sweitzer says the program has no income requirements and is open to any area residents, though she encourages parents to bring their children along to pick out their supplies. Sweitzer says donations from church attendees and fundraiser proceeds support the annual giveaway.
TCBDD STRATEGIC PLAN IN THE WORKS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Area developmental disabilities leaders are working to comply with state and federal regulations by improving local policies. Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Natalie Lupi says the strategic plan draft, that will run through 2017, focuses on person-centered thinking while also informing the public of available services. Lupi says the board is also trying to improve community integration to better ease disabled individuals into the working world. Lupi says the local strategic plan is up for review and should be passed in August following the public comment period. She says the document also contains other goals and policy amendments.
SAFETY DIRECTOR TO TAKE ON HUMAN RESOURCES
DOVER – City council is expected to approve a plan that will make the safety director position full time and eligible for benefits. Chair Don Maurer says the committee of the whole agreed to send the idea on for a full vote next week. The job will also include duties as the human resources director as well as administration for the police and fire departments. Maurer says Safety Director Tim Tarulli is qualified and combining the two positions makes a "good fit."
VA CLINIC SUPPORTS CALL FOR DIGITAL RECORDS
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Local Veterans Services officials say they are looking forward to improved speed to process medical claims. New Philadelphia Veterans Services Director Debbie Cook says claims take months to process while vets wait for medical records to become available. She says the several months could be reduced if the local clinic could access the records over the Internet. Ohio US Senator Sherrod Brown is co-sponsoring a bill requiring the military to upload medical records, which he says now take more than a year. Cook says while the local clinic has been able to avoid wait times plaguing VA hospitals nationwide, the claims process remains slow.
GRAVESITE DIRT TO BE SOLD
TOLEDO (AP) An Internet site devoted to selling memorabilia from notorious killers is selling dirt said to be from the gravesite of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun in Ohio. The lot for sale on a website also includes a photo of the Rev. Gerald Robinson in his coffin. Robinson was serving a life prison sentence for strangling Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980 at a hospital where they worked.
BROTHERS CHARGED FOR KILLING TEEN
CLEVELAND (AP) Police say two Cleveland brothers were charged with felonious assault after using their cars to hit and kill a 17-year-old boy who they claim had stolen a dirt bike from them. Tracy Philpott Jr., from the Cleveland suburb of Warrensville Heights, died Saturday at a hospital, two days after being struck by cars police say were driven by 24-year-old Aaron Trail and 28-year-old Alfonso Trail on Cleveland's east side.
BASE PRESSURED TO FILL HOSPITAL
DAYTON (AP) Ohio's largest military base is under pressure to fill more beds in its hospital. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton needs to boost the use of 62-bed in-patient hospital, where the occupancy rate has been about 45 percent. The hospital has set a 70-percent occupancy rate as a new benchmark.
NEW ECONOMIC SANCTIONS
WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is announcing new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy, in the latest move by the U.S. to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Obama says the sanctions target Russia's energy, weapons and finance industries, including big banks. The U.S. penalties follow tougher sanctions that European Union leaders agreed to earlier in the day.
PRIVILEGES LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A federal appeals court panel has ruled that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional. The three-judge panel ruled today in a case involving the law requiring physicians at the clinic in Jackson to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. They weren't able to obtain those privileges. Attorneys for Mississippi argued that if the clinic closed, women could get abortions in other states. But the appeals panel says Mississippi may not shift its obligation for established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.
CEASE FORE REFUSAL
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) The shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing says in an audiotape that his group will not cease fire until its demands are met. Mohammed Deif's remarks were broadcast late today on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of Hamas. Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift a border blockade they imposed on Gaza after Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
NFL:Josh Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. The Cleveland receiver is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy.
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