LINE STRIPING WORK AIMS TO IMPROVE LOCAL ROAD SAFETY
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - A large portion of Tuscarawas County roads will be getting a safety upgrade yet this year. Assistant County Engineer Rob Lint says bids have come in for a centerline striping initiative that will cover just over 194 miles of road. Lint says it’s being funded through a $150,000 federal grant, as well as $100,000 from the commissioners for this specific purpose. And Lint says they have done their research to make sure a bulk of the work will last by using polyester based paint, rather than water based which fades sooner. Additionally, Lint says crews will also be repainting the street graphics and lines at railroad crossings along the 194-miles of road striping. The project was estimated to cost nearly $250,000, but both bids opened Monday came in below that. The commissioners are now taking both offers under advisement. 

TOURISM STILL MEANS BIG BUCKS FOR THE VALLEY
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau says tourism in the county is holding relatively steady. Director Dee Grossman says the latest tourism economic impact report shows the industry brought in just over $410,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, compared to nearly $398,000,000 for 2015. However she says this is short of their goal of having tourism revenue increase two-percent every year. She says a major indicator that tourism is flat is the bed tax revenue from hotel stays, which generated about $700,000 in this report compared to $656,000 in 2013. 

WATER SERVICE RETURNING IN NEWCOMERSTOWN
NEWCOMERSTOWN (WJER) – Newcomerstown officials have been asking for patience and cooperation from residents as they restore water service. Council member Heather Wells says the village had to shut off the water early Sunday afternoon due to a water main break at Main Street and Bridge Street. Crews had the valve fixed by late Sunday night, followed by hydrant flushing overnight. Village officials were able to get the water back on to homes this morning, with low pressure and discoloration to be expected at first. As a result, a boil alert will remain in effect indefinitely until further testing on bacteria levels can be conducted. The village pool is also closed because of the situation.    

BODY FOUND IN WOODS WAS A MALE
DOVER (WJER)  - Police say it could still take some time to identify a decomposed body found by children in a wooded area at the end of West 8th Street Wednesday. Detective Captain Chad Mowrer says preliminary autopsy results from Stark County only reveal so far it was a male. They still don’t know the race, approximate age or cause of death, though there were no signs of foul play. He says it’s still unknown how long the body had been in the woods, as it was out of sight in an area not commonly traveled.  Mowrer says police will work with BCI to follow possible leads including fingerprints, dental records and DNA to try and learn an identity.  

NEW CLAYMONT SUPERINTENDENT EXCITED TO START
UHRICHSVILLE 
(WJER) - Claymont’s new superintendent says he is humbled for this opportunity to lead the district. The school board made the hiring of Scott Golec official this week. Golec says he has worked for nine different superintendents during his 29-year career in education. He says he will apply those experiences to how he handle this new job. Golec replaces John Rocchi, who stepped down as Claymont superintendent for a position with the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

VOTER ROLL PURGING PROCESS EXPLAINED
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - Tuscarawas County elections officials are explaining how they maintain their voter rolls after the Supreme Court upheld Ohio’s purging practices. Deputy Director Sarah Kneuss says registered voters who have been inactive for two-years run the risk of being removed and having to re-register to vote. Kneuss says they do it to maintain an accurate database of voters’ registration information at the board of elections. But Kneuss says they do their best to give everyone a chance to keep themselves listed by warning anyone who is nearing the purge deadline. Kneuss says the purging rate in Tuscarawas County has remained low. She recommends updating your voter registration information when offered at the BMV, as she says that will keep your name from being flagged during the review process.  

LIBRARY CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOING STRONG
DOVER
(WJER) - The Dover Public Library keeps pushing closer to its capital campaign goal to modernize the building.  Director Jim Gill says the library is now at the $440,000 mark, putting them on pace still to reach the $500,000 goal by September or October. He’s thankful the library has been able to do this since kicking off the campaign publicly in late 2015. And Gill says the adult department will be closed starting July 23rd as they have to start putting books and materials away in short-term storage. The adult department will be temporarily located in the community room after that. Gill says this move is to also get ready for an auction happening at the library as part of the campaign August 4th.    

PHILA APPROVED FOR HANGAR LOAN
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - City leaders say funding will be in place soon for the $504,000 airport hangar project. Council member John Zucal says ODOT’s State Infrastructure Bank has approved the city for a 20-year, low interest loan to build the 12-bay hangar. The airport commission has already secured rental commitments for all the hangars. Those monthly rental fees of between $300-400 are expected to cover the total cost of the loan repayments without relying on any taxpayer dollars. The rental fees could be adjusted then after 10 years. The city has until the end of August to accept the loan. Construction on the hangar will likely begin after the winter. 

STATE NEWS:
CINCINNATI (AP) - Dozens of homeless people were given 72 hours to vacate a downtown Cincinnati encampment consisting of tents, furniture and blankets under an order issued by city officials Monday. Citing health and safety issues, city officials said they will close the site located under an overpass by the end of the week. Residents have until Thursday morning to gather their belongings and leave, before officials begin to sanitize the area Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state of Ohio has approved legislation that will create a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname "the Black Cyclone."  Republican Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation designating Feb. 3 as Charles Follis Day. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Follis was born on Feb. 3, 1879, and grew up in Wooster - helping to organize the first varsity football team at his high school in 1899.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A coroner's office says a 6-year-old boy pulled from a swimming pool last week and hospitalized in southwestern Ohio has died. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office says Niguel Hamilton died Sunday night. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police in Cleveland say skeletal remains have been found at a home in the Ohio city after a call from Michigan authorities. Cleveland police said Saturday that they were notified earlier by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office in Michigan about a body being buried at a Cleveland location. Cleveland police say they found skeletal remains buried under mulch and debris at a home around 8 p.m. Friday. Authorities haven't identified the remains.

NATIONAL NEWS:
HELSINKI (AP) - At a side-by-side news conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' conclusions Monday that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump's benefit. Putin said he did indeed want to Trump to win - because of his policies - but took no action to make it happen.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Director of National Intelligence is restating the U.S. intelligence community's assessment of Russian meddling in the 2016 election following a press conference where President Donald Trump openly questioned that conclusion. Dan Coats says: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security."

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration. The American Civil Liberties Union filed paperwork saying attorneys were concerned about rumors of "mass deportations" following reunification of children ages five to 17 with their parents. Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday he'd order a temporary halt to any deportations for a week.

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) - The Trump administration has made it harder for Central Americans fleeing gangs and domestic violence to travel to the U.S. and ask for asylum. Attorneys representing asylum seekers say their clients are being more frequently denied "credible fear" of bodily harm or death in their home countries since Attorney General Jeff Sessions tightened who can qualify. They also say immigration judges are reluctant to reverse those decisions on appeal.

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York state agency is investigating tenant harassment claims in a Brooklyn apartment building owned by the Kushner Cos. The probe by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Tenant Protection Unit comes after a report by The Associated Press uncovered allegations that noisy construction was used to harass tenants. On Monday, 20 tenants and former tenants filed suit against Jared Kushner's family firm for allegedly making living conditions in their building intolerable. The firm had no immediate response.

SPORTS:
MLB: All-Star Michael Brantley homered leading off the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians went into the break with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. Brantley connected off Chad Green and the Indians added two more runs in the inning. Carlos Carrasco earned his first win in relief since 2014 as the Indians split the four-game series. Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion homered, but was hit on the right hand by a pitch in the eighth and left the game. Neil Walker homered for New York.

WEATHER:

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, showers and storms likely, mainly before midnight, Lo 70
TUESDAY:  Gradually becoming sunny, Hi 82
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 77 
THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 82