(WJER) (Sept. 30, 2020) - Six Uhrichsville businesses adversely impacted by the Covid-19 shutdowns and accompanying restrictions are getting a financial boost from the city. Council member Eric Harmon says the Economic Development Committee received a half-dozen applications for the small business grant program and each applicant will get the maximum $2,500 grant to help with cleaning and sanitation costs, rent and utility payments, and other pandemic-related expenses. He says the Tuscarawas Broadcasting Company, The Pindrop Shop, and 311 Wine Room were among the recipients along with Raya’s Tanning, S&W Appliance and Stillwater Outfitters. The city used part of its federal CARES Act allocation to fund the grant program.

DOVER (WJER) (Sept. 29, 2020) - Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital is again harnessing the competitive spirit of Dover and New Phila football fans to replenish its supply of blood donations. The Tornadoes and Quakers have their 23rd-annual Rivalry Blood Battle Wednesday from 11:30 to 6:30 at the Tuscarawas County YMCA. Hospital Spokesman Darrin Lautenschleger says patients are the real winners in this pre-game battle that invites fans to roll up their sleeves and contribute toward their team’s donation total. Lautenschleger says fans are encouraged to schedule their appointment at vitalant.org, as walk-ins may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Tornadoes came out on top last year, collecting 58 units of blood compared to 39 for the Quakers. Lautenschleger says Dover has more wins overall, but Phila fans can help close the gap with a victory this year. The winning team will be announced at the game Friday. 

NEWCOMERSTOWN (WJER) (Sept. 29, 2020) – Newcomerstown is set to become the next local stop along the Ohio’s newest water trail. Mayor Pat Cadle says the village has been awarded a $75,000 Paddling Enhancement Grant covering half the cost to build a ramp into the Tuscarawas River on the former Simonds property. Cadle says it’s part of a larger effort to transform part of the more than 20-acre industrial site into a new community park. He says the ramp should be ready to use by late spring or early summer, giving canoers and kayakers easier and safer river access and another place to get out a stretch on longer journeys. The village is covering the other half of the $150,000 project. Once completed, the ramp will be the southernmost launch point on the nearly 113-mile stretch of river that was designated in August as Ohio’s 15th water trail.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Sept. 29, 2020) – The city’s service director says they still have several projects to tackle before the weather turns bad. Ron McAbier says the new sidewalks and curbs have been installed as part of the Community Development Block Grant project at Poplar and North avenues. He says the city is waiting to find out if that project was under budget, and if so, they could continue with curb work on 2nd Street from Poplar to Minnich. He says they will also be upgrading the water line from 2 to 6 inches along Poplar yet this year, which is why it’s not paved yet. Meanwhile, McAbier says the new cemetery maintenance garage at Delaware Drive is coming along, with bridge installation also beginning at the Southside Community Park.


NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Sept. 29, 2020) - Area municipalities have joined together on a plan for trick-or-treating this year. New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day says the mayors in Tuscarawas County have agreed to all host it from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st  to minimize travel between communities. Day says he encourages parents to read the Covid-19 safety guidelines being posted on the city’s website and Facebook page. They’re also available as flyers at the city health department’s customer window.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Sept. 28, 2020) - Tuscarawas County voting officials are getting aid to cover some of the additional and unknown expenses that COVID-19 will have on this election. Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says the board is receiving a more than $42,000 grant from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a non-profit out of Chicago that strives to make elections more modernized and accessible. Garbrandt says the grant money can be used to pay the polling location hosts, precinct election workers and temporary helpers. She says it can also be used to more PPE and pay the college students or high school seniors to wipe down voting machines in November. Garbrandt says the board was expecting to receive the grant check sometime this week.  

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Sept. 28, 2020) - The founder of The Scarf Project is putting out a call for donations ahead of next month’s distribution. Toni Kaltenbaugh says they’re anticipating a greater need for handmade scarves and other warm winter items this year with many residents still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns and accompanying job losses. But Kaltenbaugh says they’re not going to be able to meet the additional demand unless donations pick up. She says last year they handed out more than 1,600 scarves, but this year she’s not sure if they’ll even get to a thousand. Kaltenbaugh says they can take handmade or store-bought scarves, hats and gloves, as long as they’re new and warm, as well as yarn that can be transformed into warm winter items by the scarf project’s network of volunteer knitters. She says people can bring their donations to 730 Tuscarawas Ave. NW in New Phila and leave them on the back porch, or they can take them to Uhrichsville and drop them off in the collection bin at 114 Washington St.

DOVER (WJER) (Sept. 28, 2020) - One of the OBGYNs at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital is encouraging women to visit their doctor annually to increase their odds of surviving the disease known as the silent cancer for women. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Dr. Jerome Chelliah says early detection is our best defense against the disease that claims the lives of more than 13,000 women in the U.S. each year. Chelliah says it’s called the silent killer because women who develop it typically don’t experience any symptoms, or the ones they do have mimic other, less serious conditions. He says unlike other types of cancers, there’s no diagnostic screening for ovarian cancer, so the only way to catch problems is with a pelvic exam. Chelliah recommends women age 21 and over schedule one with their doctor annually. He says women ages 40 and up are at a higher risk for ovarian cancer, but he has diagnosed it personally in women in their twenties.  

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY (WJER) (Sept. 28, 2020) - Dover and New Philadelphia school officials say they’re working their hardest to make it feel like a normal spirit week even if it’s about a month early . The pandemic-shortened regular season comes to an end Friday, bumping the usual week 10 rivalry games to week six. New Philadelphia High School Principal Eric Jurkovic says the student council members put together a week of activities to get everyone ready. Dover High School Principal Brooke Grafe says the tradition with the costume days and hallway decorations now continues in the new building. The schools won’t get to host in-person pep rallies this week, so they’ll be presenting virtual alternatives online instead.

(WJER) (Sept. 28, 2020) - The charitable organization dedicated to meeting the needs of disadvantaged children and adults in our county has been using its resources to help schools make in-person learning as safe as possible during the COVID-19 threat. Rainbow Connection Director Carmel Haueter says funding requests stopped coming in during the early months of the pandemic, so they decided to redirect what they would typically spend meeting those needs into a grant program to help school districts with cleaning and sanitation expenses. The Dover Board of Education recently accepted just over $9,000 from the organization, as the district has been having to replenish its stockpile of cleaning supplies and sanitizer frequently.  Haueter says they provided a least one of these grants to every district in Tuscarawas County, handing out $150,000 total.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state's ban on alcohol sales after 10 p.m. is under review. The Republican governor says he understands the hardship the ban has meant to bars and restaurants. The ban was implemented in July to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting late-night socializing. The governor said Tuesday several big city mayors have asked that it stay in place but acknowledged one mayor asked that it be lifted. DeWine also said without providing details that he's talking with state lawmakers about aid for small businesses hurt by the economic slowdown.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are painting a very different picture of the reliability of the upcoming election. Biden urged voters to cast their ballots and not be intimidated by Trump's suggestions he might not accept a loss. Trump has been groundlessly casting doubt on the reliability of mail ballots and elections in general. He alleged massive fraud in mail voting, but Biden told viewers not to worry about his scare tactics. "I will accept it, and he will, too. You know why?" Biden said. "Because once the winner is declared once all the ballots are counted, that'll be the end of it."

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos Tuesday night. Trump in particular repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry — and personal — comments that sometimes overshadowed the sharply different visions each man has of a nation facing historic crises. There were heated clashes over the president's handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden's family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation's health care. Trump also refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." 

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a man who had just been released from a county jail in western Pennsylvania stole a vehicle and eventually led police on chase that went into West Virginia before he was finally captured in Ohio. The chase began shortly before noon Monday, when a work truck was reported stolen from a construction site in Pittsburgh. The vehicle was soon stopped by police, but authorities say the driver, 24-year-old Shad Bocella, soon drove off. Authorities say an officer fired their weapon during the stop, though no one was hit by any shots. Bocella eventually drove into West Virginia and Ohio. 

BEIJING (AP) — "Chaos, interruptions, personal attacks and insults," one outspoken Chinese newspaper editor said of the U.S. presidential debate. An Australian counterpart said it was "swamped" by the "rancor engulfing America." The first debate pitting Republican President Donald Trump against Democratic challenger Joe Biden was not a highlight of political oratory in the eyes of many overseas. Yet interest ran high for its potential impact on what may be the most consequential U.S. election in years, now just over a month away. Observers looked for possible impact on financial markets and currencies, although the reaction was muted overall. 

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos Tuesday night. Trump in particular repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry — and personal — comments that sometimes overshadowed the sharply different visions each man has of a nation facing historic crises. There were heated clashes over the president's handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden's family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation's health care. Trump also refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by." 

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Europe to seek a dialogue with Russia to enhance the continent's security rather than relying primarily on the NATO military alliance. Speaking in a news conference in Riga, the capital of Latvia, Macron said Europeans should be able to rethink their relations with Russia despite recent tensions after the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.  Macrons says Europe's geography means "we need to discuss with Russians." During his three-day visit to Lithuania and Latvia, Macron sought to reassure that his goal was to build up Europe's defense capabilities as a complement to NATO, not to replace it. 

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell says it is planning to cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2022 following a collapse in demand for oil and a subsequent slide in oil prices during the coronavirus pandemic. The oil giant said Wednesday that around 1,500 employees have already agreed to take voluntary redundancy this year and that it is looking at a raft of other areas where it can cut costs, such as travel, its use of contractors and virtual working. Overall, it said it expects the cost-cutting measures to secure annual cost savings of between $2 billion and $2.5 billion by 2022.

ROME (AP) — European anti-money laundering evaluators are beginning a periodic visit to the Vatican amid a mounting financial scandal that has cost a half-dozen people their jobs, including one of the Holy See's most powerful cardinals. For the next two weeks, the Council of Europe's Moneyval team will be checking the Vatican's compliance with international norms to fight money laundering and terror financing. Moneyval has generally given the Holy See positive to mixed reviews in its periodic evaluations. Its main criticism in recent years has been directed against the Vatican's criminal tribunal, which it has faulted for failing to prosecute many cases despite receiving dozens of suspicious transaction reports from the Vatican's financial watchdog.  



MLB: The New York Yankees pounded Cleveland ace Shane Bieber and opened the AL playoffs with a resounding 12-3 win over the Indians. Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the first inning to set the tone against Bieber, baseball's best pitcher during the condensed regular season. Gleyber Torres, who went 4 for 4, hit another two-run shot in the fifth to chase Bieber. The right-hander gave up a season-high seven runs and nine hits. Gerrit Cole struck out 13 without a walk in his playoff debut for the Yankees, who signed him to a $324 million free-agent contract this winter. The Yankees can win the best-of-three series Wednesday night. 

TODAY: Partly sunny and breezy, a chance of showers, mainly after 5pm, High 66
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THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, a slight chance of showers after 2pm, High 63
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, High 59