EMA ESTABLISHING WARMING CENTERS
NEW PHILADELPHIA
(WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Agency is letting people know where they can head for a temporary escape from the cold. Director Alex McCarthy says having wind chill factors possibly dip close to 20-below can create some threatening situations such as frostbite or hypothermia. So they are partnering with area libraries and other agencies to serve as warming centers where people can come in during normal operating hours. A list of participants is posted on the WJER Facebook page. McCarthy says people can also call the sheriff’s office at 330-339-2000 to find out if there are any overnight emergency warming centers in their community.

CLAYMONT, DOVER TEAMS WIN MOCK TRIALS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Area high school students have been putting their knowledge of the law up against each other in court.  The Claymont Gold, Orange and White teams along with Dover Crimson captured the top four spots in the recent mock trial contests at the Tuscarawas County Courthouse to move on to regional competition next month.  Magistrate and event coordinator Jason Jackson says the students acting as attorneys and witnesses gain credible thinking skills and confidence in public speaking.  The mock trials focused on 4th Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizures as it applies to technology, specifically the use of drones.  

LOCAL WATERSHED COORDINATOR MAPS OUT NEW BOAT RAMPS 
MINERAL CITY
(WJER) - Local watershed officials are offering some advice before paddlers start using the new boat ramps being installed in New Philadelphia. Huff Run Watershed Coordinator Marissa Lautzenheiser says the ramps at the Coniglio property behind Waterworks Fields and the Carlisle Canoe Livery will both increase accessibility and make paddling even more versatile in our area. But she says there will be some new hazards to watch out for, like a spillway behind Buehler’s and the mall that will make traveling south from the Coniglio ramp tricky. She says the southern ramp gives paddlers a chance to make longer trips south to Tusky, Gnadenhutten and beyond, while the other ramp gives boaters coming from the north another place to get out. Lautzenheiser says these boat ramps will nearly complete their list of requirements to have this section of the Tuscarawas River designated as a state water trail. 

DOVER HIRES NEXT HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
DOVER (WJER) - The new Dover high school will have a new principal to fill its office once they make the move over in 2020. Brooke Grafe will fill the vacancy being left by retiring principal Teresa Alberts. Grafe says she’s been with Dover for 16 years now, serving as a language arts teacher for 10 years, and then spending her last six years at the district learning the administrative side of education. The school board approved Grafe’s three-year contract Monday, effective August 1st.

NEW PHILA FIRE DEPARTMENT ADDS SEVEN NEW MEMBERS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Firefighters have some extra man power now thanks to an $800,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fire Chief Jim Parrish says they have sworn in seven new firefighter EMT’s in response to an increase in call volume to try and cut yearly overtime hours. Parrish says those firefighters will now go through a two-week orientation to become familiar with every vehicle and piece of equipment they will eventually begin using. Parrish says this was only possible through the support for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant, and council for helping him pursue it. Parrish says the $800,000 will be paid out over the next 3-years, with the city picking up more of the cost every year.

STATE NEWS:

CINCINNATI (AP) — Now a half ton of fun, the Cincinnati Zoo's famed prematurely born hippo will soon turn 2 years old. The zoo says a variety of activities will celebrate Fiona's latest milestone. The hippo was born Jan. 24, 2017, at a dangerously low 29 pounds (13 kilograms). Round-the-clock critical care and outside help including from the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Cincinnati Children's hospital enabled Fiona to not only survive, but to thrive as a social media sensation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say two employees at an internet cafe in Ohio were shot and killed during an armed robbery. Police responded to the shooting at Players Paradise Internet Cafe in Columbus at 4:06 a.m. Sunday. Paramedics pronounced a 38-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman dead at the scene. Police have not released the names of the victims.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Aging is seeking nominations for the statewide Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors current or long-time Ohio residents age 60 and older who have made and continue to make a lasting impact on their communities, professions or vocations. Past inductees have included business and industry leaders, community planners, educators, scientists, volunteers and artists among others. Nominations must be received by Feb. 11 for inclusion in the hall this year.

NATIONAL NEWS:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create a total lunar eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear, and all the way across the Atlantic to parts of Europe, weather permitting. There won't be another total lunar eclipse until 2021. It also was this year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting criticism from both sides in his latest offer to end the partial government shutdown. Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily extend protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and those fleeing disaster zones in exchange for $5.7 billion for his border wall. Democrats said the three-year proposal didn't go nearly far enough. Conservatives accused him of embracing "amnesty" for immigrants in the country illegally.

BOSTON (AP) — The National Weather Service is warning that temperatures across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic will drop 10 to 20 degrees below average Monday, with wind chills as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit hitting the Northeast. The weather is creating dangerously icy conditions that could complicate efforts to clean up snow from the winter storm. One meteorologist calls wind chills in upstate New York "life-threatening."

UNDATED (AP) — Some 400 young offenders who originally had been sentenced to life without parole have been released nationwide, following a Supreme Court ruling in 2016. And hundreds of others have been given shorter terms. But many other offenders sentenced as juveniles remain behind bars as the justice system wrestles with difficult cases. And the group Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth says there are still some jurisdictions that "are refusing to comply with the court's mandate."

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's brilliance. The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead's 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship.

SPORTS:
NCAA: Fifth-ranked Gonzaga and No. 6 Michigan State won Thursday's only top-25 men's basketball games. The Bulldogs earned their eighth straight win since falling from the top of the poll, and the Spartans ran their school-record Big Ten winning streak to 19 games. 

WEATHER:

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON...

TODAY: Partly sunny and cold, HI 13, wind chill values as low as -14
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, Lo -2
TUESDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 34, wind chill values as low as -6
WEDNESDAY: Rain showers, Hi 44

 


...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS
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