FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
FAIR DISCOUNT, AUCTION HELP ATTENDANCE
DOVER - The Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds attracted crowds as $2 family day admission teamed up with the Junior Fair Livestock Auction night. Paid attendance for Thursday totaled 7, 935, up by 69 people over the same day last year. For the week, attendance figures are still 1,302 behind last year. Meanwhile, 4-H members corralled their animal projects into the arena to collect their payoff from the year’s work. The grand champion steer sold for $8/lb or $10,776 to Cargnel Cleaning; the grand champion hog sold for $12/lb or $3,240 to Hanhart Insurance; and the grand champion lamb sold for $14/lb or $2,114 to Sugar Valley Meats. Buyers also donated 19 animals to the local Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry effort to benefit local food banks.
FORMER BAND DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A former Garaway band and choir director could be facing prison time after pleading guilty to sexual battery this morning. 28-year-old Ryan McPeeks now of New Philadelphia resigned in February as an investigation was underway in connection with a Facebook incident but authorities say the new sexual battery charge stems from a separate incident allegedly involving a relationship with a different student in 2013. Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison, but a judicial release after nine months along with a sex offender treatment and a tier-three sex offender status. McPeeks’ sentencing date is scheduled for October 29 when the judge will decide whether to accept the recommendation.
SENIOR FAIR ENTRIES DRAW A CROWD
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Entries in the Tuscarawas County Fair are evolving with the changing times. New Philadelphia resident Peggy DeNicola says she and her husband entered the senior photography division this year but she says the prints were actually taken with a cell phone rather than a hand held camera. Susan Demuth of New Phialdelphia says she enjoys looking through the horticulture exhibits. Demuth says the “fairy gardens” that are gaining popularity locally are also present at the fair. Gnadenhutten resident Laura Dennis says she likes to check out the farm produce section, which is full of fruit, vegetables and even large sunflower heads. Top winners in each category also take home cash prizes.
DENNISON SUBMITS PRELIMINARY BUDGET
DENNISON - Officials say the village’s financial forecast for the next year appears sound. Fiscal Officer Kathy Norman says she is submitting the temporary budget to the Tuscarawas County auditor Friday, which would commonly reflect numbers for the first few months of 2015 but Norman says she went a step further and mapped out the entire year. Norman says she expects to slightly revise the numbers at least two more times before the official budget is passed in 2015. Norman says Dennison will likely have about $1.2 million in the general fund. Meanwhile, council also agreed to purchase a new heavy-duty multi-use ford truck for $66,000 to primarily help with snow removal.
WEEKEND OF EVENTS FOR AREA RESIDENTS
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Tuscarawas County residents have a variety of ways to step back in time or spend a few hours outdoors this weekend. The New Philadelphia Quaker Foundation’s annual homecoming banquet is Friday at the Elk’s. Committee Chair Bill Weisgarber says numerous graduates will be in town, reminiscing on their days at New Phila. Camp Tuscazoar is the site of the annual Storm the Stockade Outdoor Fest Saturday. Dirtline Group member John Kelly says they plan to crown a new Tuscazoar Champ. Central Catholic Elementary and Immaculate Conception Principal Matt Ritzert says students will get a workout in early Saturday as they walk in their communities to bring awareness to hunger while also raising money. Ritzert says all proceeds will benefit area food pantries.
COMMISSIONERS APPROVE TAX ABATEMENT FOR NCT COMPANY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County commissioners put the finishing touches on a plan to bring a new company to the area. Carbo Ceramics plans to build a $16- million plant in the Newcomerstown industrial park. The company makes ceramic beads used in the fracking process. Commissioner Kerry Metzger says the company will provide 17 jobs to Newcomerstown but will also help the county in general. Metzger says the property sale is where the CIC will earn money to make another payment toward the loan. Commissioners approved the enterprise agreement for Carbo Ceramics providing 25% tax abatement for five years.
SENATE PRESIDENT VISITS DOVER
DOVER - One of the big three lawmakers in Columbus is learning more about the issues of significance to area business leaders and voters. Republican Senate President Keith Faber spoke with supporters at a fundraiser for senate candidate Jay Hottinger at Dover Hydraulics Thursday. Faber says topics addressed include oil and gas developments, power plant regulations and the economy. Faber says campaigning for other candidates also gives him the chance to become familiar with each district. And Faber says he is optimistic about his party’s chances in November with all state office seats up for grabs since Republicans have added more than 260,000 private sector jobs since taking over Columbus four years ago.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES POSSIBLE TB CASES
DOVER - The Tuscarawas County Health Department wants people to keep an eye out for the symptoms of tuberculosis. Director Katie Seward says the department is currently investigating the origin of several suspected cases active tuberculosis currently in the county. Seward says a few patients have had positive skin and chest X-ray tests come back for the illness, and the department is taking measures to limit their activities and initiate treatment as well as confirm each diagnosis. Seward says the department is still trying to locate the source of the potential cases but in the meantime is telling people to get checked out if they are experiencing unusual weakness, weight loss, fever and night sweats. Tuberculosis bacteria are spread by tiny droplets in the air, usually to people with weaker immune systems, when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
RAINBOW CONNECTION BENEFITS FROM T-R ALL-STAR GAME
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Rainbow Connection is again giving thanks to the valley for its continued support of the charity. Director Carmel Haueter says the latest example came in the form of a check this week from the Times-Reporter for more than $10,000 from its 27th annual All-Star football game in July, now that all the bills have been paid. Haueter says she feels blessed to be able to count on the game year after year. Haueter says contributions like this can make all the difference for struggling families that receive medical services and equipment through the Rainbow Connection. Haueter says the T-R All-Star Game and their annual telethon in March serve as the two primary fundraisers the Rainbow Connection relies on each year.
MONDI BAGS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS BY YEAR'S END
NEW PHILADELPHIA - City officials say they are still hoping working to convince a company to remain in town. Mayor Dave Johnson says Mondi Bags, USA is planning to shut down its Reiser Ave. plant by the end of the year. Johnson says the 175 hourly and 26 salaried workers will be transferred to the other locations as much as possible. Johnson says the city is doing everything it can to change some minds at the company, which mostly produces bags for the food, animal feed and building material industries. Mondi has confirmed the closing through a press release citing economic challenges. The plant was formerly owned by Graphic Packaging up until being acquired by Mondi earlier this year.
DEPUTIES RAID MARIJUANA OPERATION
DOVER TOWNSHIP - Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Deputies say a marijuana growing operation is off the streets in Dover Township. Detective Phil Valdez says units raided 3577 Crooked Run Road Tuesday night and arrested 45-year old Gregory Scott on two outstanding warrants. Valdez says deputies also confiscated grow lights, fertilizer and up to 1,000 grams of marijuana, which is being sent to BCI for further testing. Valdez says despite the popularity of meth in the area, marijuana is still pretty common. Valdez says Scott is being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail, while his father, who was also home at the time remains free. Valdez says both will likely face grand jury indictments upon completion of the investigation.
FAIR ATTENDANCE SLIPS
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Fair officials say attendance has some catching up to do after Wednesday’s showing. Paid admission totaled 5,782 people coming through the gates for the third day of the fair. That’s down by 1,571 from Wednesday last year despite country music star Kix Brooks at the grandstands. Overall attendance is down by 1,371 from this time last year with many more events to come. Today, the turkey show takes the main show arena and the junior fair livestock auction starts at 3 PM. Antique tractor pullers entertain at the grandstands tonight.
FITZGERALD CAMPAIGNS AT COUNTY FAIR
DOVER - The Tuscarawas County Fair continues to be a must-visit destination for candidates appearing on the ballot this fall. The latest to make a campaign stop at the fairgrounds in Dover was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald Tuesday evening. He met with supporters under the grandstands as Motocross racing was starting. FitzGerald says he remains upbeat despite trailing Republican Gov. John Kasich in the polls and fundraising. FitzGerald says Kasich has also remained below 50% in the polls, which he feels shows most people still want change. FitzGerald says he seeks out opportunities like the fair where he can explain his plan for addressing state cuts and giving more funding back to communities.
ANIMAL BUYERS ABLE TO HELP THE HOMELESS
DOVER - Area residents in need will likely benefit from the Tuscarawas County Fair auctions this year. Animal buyers can now choose to send their purchases directly to the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry organization to benefit area food banks and the Salvation Army. Happy Homesteaders 4H club advisor Jamie Beaber says the processing fees are waived and even the 4Hers are getting involved by donating their spar show animals. Beaber says she has high hopes for Tuscarawas County auction-goers as buyers at the 2013 Coshocton County Fair sent over 1,300 pounds of meat to the needy through FHFH. The first of three livestock auctions is Thursday. Meanwhile at the fair, Brock Zwick of the Tusky Valley Stars 4-H club won Grand Champion Steer and Reserve Grand Champion went to Marcus Hursey of the Buckhorn Tribe 4H club.
PHILA HI-TECH PARK LANDS 1ST TENANT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A New Philadelphia company has become the first to make the move and choose to locate in the Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park. County Community Improvement Corporation Director Gary Little says AquaBlue Incorporated, with its seven employees, is now operating out of the first floor of the Tolloty Technology Incubator that opened in June. Little says this gives the company that develops industrial water treatment chemicals the ability to grow and possibly move into a building of its own at the park after a few years. Little says the CIC also hopes to make an announcement soon about a second company considering a move into the incubator.
MOSQUITOES STILL BITING
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Health Department leaders say despite the fall like weather, mosquitoes are still biting area residents. Environmental Health Director Myra Pancher says she believes a new hatch was birthed recently due to last month’s rainfall but Pancher says she sees a light at the end of a mosquito filled tunnel. Pancher says her department is still out spraying in communities across the county for $3.50 a minute but she reminds residents to take their complaints to their local government. Pancher says those spending large amounts of time outside should continue to wear long clothing and use mosquito repellant.
COUNCIL CAUTIOUS TO SUPPORT WATER STATUS
DOVER - The Tuscarawas River Buried Valley Watershed Council will have to try harder to get Dover Council to join its cause. Council unanimously rejected an ordinance that would have supported the group as it seeks a sole source aquifer designation from the EPA for portions of the underground water supply. Council Service Committee Chair Greg Bair says he has concerns about the proposed legislation until more could be learned about the watershed council. Mayor Rick Homrighausen says the sole source protection status could also complicate future economic development projects.
FORMER MISS CLAYLAND KEEPS SHINING
UHRICHSVILLE - Local pageant organizers say Miss Ohio and former Miss Clayland Mackenzie Bart is still a winner for finishing in the top ten for Miss America contest. Miss Clayland Director Martha Campbell says she attended Bart’s winning performance last week at the preliminaries in Atlantic City. But watching her advance in the finals Sunday was even more thrilling. Campbell says Bart won a total of $14,000 in scholarship money for the week, including one of the first ever Miss America awards for promoting STEM education. Bart is next set to appear on the Today Show to sit in for her idol Al Roker and deliver the weather this morning.
SHARE A CHRISTMAS NEEDS WAREHOUSE
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Share A Christmas program is turning to the community to help come up with a place spacious enough to sort and distribute this year’s toy drive collection. Tuscarawas County T-4-C Director Louise Worsham says her group is looking for a warehouse with at least 10,000 square feet to take what is collected at the WJER Toy Drive December 3rd. Worsham says this is where the dozens of volunteers will do all the work to get the toys ready for pick-up by participating families the week before Christmas. Worsham says she is unsure what they would do if no warehouse is found, but it would drastically alter the toy distribution. Worsham says the vacant warehouses used by Share A Christmas in recent years are now occupied with tenants.
PHILA POLICE CHASE HITS 80 MPH
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A Sherrodsville man is in the county jail after leading New Philadelphia police on chase that reached speeds of 80 miles per hour. Officer Kyle Kelley says he first tried to pull over 29-year old Edgar Arbogast Jr. for a suspended license after a routine check of his plates about 5 p.m. Sunday on Beaver Ave. Arbogast then led a pursuit lasting close to nine minutes, at one point striking a vehicle stopped at an intersection. A small bag appearing to contain a white powder was also thrown from the vehicle but never recovered. Arbogast eventually stopped along a gravel drive off Johnstown Rd. and was apprehended with a passenger without incident. Arbogast appeared in Municipal Court Monday on charges of failure to comply and fleeing and eluding, while additional charges are pending. The passenger was interviewed and released without being charged.
WEST HIGH CLOSING DELAYED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – State transportation officials say waterline work on either side of W. High Ave. is delaying plans to completely close off both directions of the section of road until Thursday. The two-month long closing was supposed to start today. ODOT Project Engineer Jerred Giauque says traffic congestion will be alleviated by the time the work is completed in June 2015. The road will re-open to traffic in both directions by mid November.
BREAK IN SUSPECT SURRENDERS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Police say social media users helped identify the suspect accused of breaking into a number of cars at a local bowling alley Tuesday night. Detective Captain Shawn Nelson says the department posted surveillance video from Wabash Lanes on Facebook this week and received numerous tips on the man’s identity. He says the suspect eventually turned himself in Friday. Nelson says the man, who remains unidentified, is free pending a grand jury indictment.
ROSENBERRY GRANTS SUPPORT AREA PROJECTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Harold and Marjorie Rosenberry Foundation is again assisting a variety of organizations with expenses they might otherwise be unable to afford. The foundation recently awarded its semi-annual grants totaling nearly $222,000 to 16 area non-profit groups for equipment and capital improvements. Dover Public Library Director Jim Gill says the $13,745 grant is being used to install a security camera system this fall as a precaution. The Tuscarawas County Humane Society will receive $39,550 towards its new shelter opening this fall. Campaign co-chair Dan Hershberger says the money will pay for drywall and specialized flooring. The following organizations are also receiving Rosenberry gifts:
Dover Historical Society $ 3,000 Purchase scanner
Claymont City Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Indian Valley Local Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
New Philadelphia City Schools $ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools$ 10,000 Project Lead the Way
Village of Tuscarawas $ 9,800 Fencing in the village park ball fields
Dennison Railroad Depot Museum$ 20,000 Matching money for restoring Steam Engine 2700 & Pullman Exhibit Car
Union Hospital Association $ 23,877 Pulse Volume Recording System
Dover City Schools $ 21,222 Security cameras for all five school buildings
Kent State University – Tuscarawas $ 25,000 Equipment and outfitting for Tolloty Technology Center Incubator
Immaculate Conception School $2,000 Sound System
Quaker Digital Academy (QDA) $ 6,000 Computers for Learning Lab
Village of Barnhill $ 8,367 Purchase a tractor/mower
Trinity Hospital Twin City $ 9,406 Purchase of a HI-Lo Traction Table & a Bariatric Power Mat Platform
NTSB RULES BROKEN RAIL CAUSED DERAILMENT
COLUMBUS (AP) Federal investigators have determined a broken rail probably caused a 2012 train derailment, explosion and spectacular fire that damaged a bus depot and led to evacuations in Ohio's capital city. The Columbus Dispatch says a report adopted this week by the National Transportation Safety Board concludes the broken rail was the probable cause of the Norfolk Southern train's derailment a little north of downtown Columbus in July 2012.
OHIO GUARD LEADER PLACED ON LEAVE
COLUMBUS (AP) An aide to Ohio's top-ranking military official has been placed on forced leave pending an investigation into his alleged misuse of a government computer. A spokesman for Ohio's adjutant general's office says Mark Wayda, the Ohio National Guard's vice chief of the joint staff, was placed on leave Friday for accessing inappropriate material.
DETAINED AMERICAN LOOSES OHIO JOB
DAYTON (AP) An American detained in North Korea since May and charged with "anti-state" crimes there has lost his job in Ohio. The Dayton Daily News reports the decision to terminate 56-year-old Jeff Fowle from his job with the city of Moraine was effective yesterday and includes severance pay and reinstatement ability.
HARDER TO TARGET ISLAMIC STATE
WASHINGTON (AP) As the U.S. and other nations carry out airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, it's going to be increasingly difficult to target them without also killing innocent Iraqi civilians. That warning comes today from the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno. He says the targets that have been hit so far have largely been out in the open and "clearly identifiable." But increasingly, he says, the militants are starting to infiltrate the Iraqi population -- amid reports that they are using children and others as shields.
THREE CONVICTED IN SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) A federal jury has convicted three people in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia. His brother Michael Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy. And quality assurance manager Mary Wilkerson was convicted of obstruction.
HUMIDITY SLOWS WILDFIRE
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) Higher humidity is helping to slow the growth of a massive Northern California wildfire that has forced the evacuation of about 2,800 people. It's burned through nearly 120 square miles of timber and vegetation east of Sacramento. Authorities say the fire was deliberately set. The suspect is in custody, and is making a court appearance this afternoon.
NFL:By the end of the current NFL season, Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league wants some new personal conduct policies to be in effect. Goodell today made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He didn't announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.
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