Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

TENNIS COURTS PROJECT FUNDED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Park officials have secured the final piece of the funding puzzle to upgrade the tennis courts at Tuscora Park.  The city will be getting the last $25,000 through a grant from the Timken Foundation.  Park Board Chair Don Kemp says that now gives the city enough for the local share to receive a matching grant from omega for the $392,000 project. Kemp says the work will now be complete by mid-September, in time for the high school girls’ team season to begin their home matches. The work includes removing the eight tennis courts, and replacing them with six courts that will have brand new surfacing, fencing and lighting.   

TUSC LIBRARY’S MINI COMIC CON
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Tuscarawas County Public Library is jumping on the popularity of “Comic Cons” with its own scaled down version again. The New Philadelphia location has its 3rd annual Mini Comic Con starting at 1:30 pm Wednesday. Public Relations Associate Molly Calhoun says it’s free and for anyone between 6th grade and the age of 20 who enjoy comic books. And like the big ones, they want attendees to get in the spirit. Public Relations Associate Megan Kovalaske-Grimm says one of the guests they are bringing in is an Ohio native who had a hand in films including despicable me and enchanted. The library’s comic con is also featuring art classes, comic con panels, gaming, food, and contests.

SPACE ENTERS STATE AUDITOR’S RACE
COLUMBUS - Tuscarawas County’s former U.S. congressman is attempting to make a political comebackthis time for an office in Columbus. Tuscarawas County Elections Board member Democrat Zack Space of Dover has filed to run for state auditor next year. Space spent two terms in Washington before he was unseated in 2010 by Bob Gibbs. Space now also works as a lawyer at a Columbus law firm.

PHILA SIDEWALK REPLACEMENTS APPROVED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – The city’s sidewalk replacement program is benefitting 17 residents this time around. Service Director Ron McAbier says all but four applicants were accepted this year as they are judged on a point system that helps determine which sidewalks will be replaced. The work totals nearly $30,000 this year, with the city and the homeowners splitting the cost evenly.  

FATAL CRASH DEATH TOLL RISES
NEW PHILADELPHIA - State troopers are again hoping for more cooperation from drivers as this month has become one of the deadliest on the roads ever. There have been six fatal accidents in Tuscarawas County so far in June. There were six fatal accidents in all of 2016. New Philadelphia Post Commander Lt. Mark Glennon says these could almost always be prevented. Glennon says four of the six fatalities this month involved motorcyclesa troubling reversal as trends had been getting better. The most recent one was a motorcycle crash Saturday that killed passenger Jeanene Indermill of New Philadelphia. The operator, 48-year-old Matthew Indermill, was taken to an Akron Hospital in critical condition. He has since been transferred to a Cleveland Hospital for his burn injuries. 

CONCRETE TRUCK OVERTURNS
DOVER - It took three tow trucks and nearly four hours to upright a Stocker Trucking concrete truck that was overturned on Deis Hill Road in Dover. Police had to close down the road from the top of Deis Hill to 15th Street while crews were on scene. Officer Brian Dessecker says no one was hurt during the 11:30 a.m. incident when the driver backed up too far and rolled into the ditch. There is no word on what will happen with the concrete left inside the truck, which was idle when crews arrived. Any other cleanup will be handled by the city street department.

NEW FIRE STATION UNVEILED
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The community has celebrated the completion of the city’s new fire station with the Marching Quaker Band and many others. Hundreds of people were part of the large crowd there for the open house of the new $5 million, voter-approved fire station. Resident Renee Parker called it the best she has ever seen. Council members Rob Mauer and Kelly Ricklic were also very thankful. The firefighters were planning to make the move from the old fire station to the new one Monday and Tuesday.   

ALCOHOL BLAMED FOR FIERY CRASH THAT KILLED NEW PHILADELPHIA WOMAN
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The State Highway Patrol says an SUV driver was apparently drunk when he went into the opposite lane of traffic and killed a New Philadelphia woman on a motorcycle. The victim is 54-year-old Jeanene Indermill, who was a passenger riding on Crooked Run Road in Dover Township, near May Valley Road, at 6:11 p.m. Saturday. Motorcycle operator 48-year-old Matthew Indermill of New Philadelphia was taken to Akron City Hospital in critical condition. 31-year-old Paul Grove Jr. of Baltic, the driver of the SUV, was not injured. A second motorcycle, driven by 38-year-old Mark Preston Jr. of New Philadelphia, wrecked trying to avoid the accident. He was taken to Akron City Hospital in fair condition. Troopers say the Indermills were not wearing helmets. This was the sixth fatal crash in Tuscarawas County just this month. In comparison, there were six deadly wrecks in the county in all of 2016.

UHRICHSVILLE POLICE SEARCHING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT
UHRICHSVILLE - Police say a man walked into the Trenton Avenue Save-A-Lot with a knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of money from the safe Saturday morning. Police are following leads on the robber, who had clothing concealing his identity. He is between 5’4” and 5’6” with a thin build and is described as having a boyish physique. He was involved in a short struggle with employees and a patron before running off toward Herrick Street.  

FIRST TOWN DAYS FESTIVAL RETURNING
NEW PHILADELPHIA –A Fourth of July tradition starts back up this week. The First Town Days Festival begins its 40th year at Tuscora Park Friday. Publicity chair Julie Courtright says some of the highlights that day include the midway opening at 4 p.m., the grand parade at 6:30, and the plate auction at 8:30, which features the Dominic Greco Band centennial this year. The festival concludes Tuesday, July 4th, with family day contests and fun.  

COMMISSIONERS HOLD OUT FOR MCO DOLLARS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County leaders are holding onto hope after the Senate also left Governor John Kasich’s changes to the Medicaid sales tax collection in their version of the biennial budget. Commissioner Kerry Metzger says there is only one other option that could reverse the decision, which would create a $700,000 shortfall in Tuscarawas County’s yearly budget. He says an amendment was added to the MCO sales tax proposal, which means the House must now review the legislation before it can be approved. Metzger says the continued reductions in funding from the state level have been disheartening. The House must now approve the Senate's version of the budget in time for the June 30th deadline, and Metzger says that is when we will find out if they restored the funding to the counties. However, he says we will not feel the effects of that decision until 2019.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER LOOKING AHEAD
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County’s small business owners can continue receiving free help growing their business through a local non-profit resource. Wednesday, the commissioners agreed to partially fund the Kent State Small Business Development Center with a $3,000 contribution in the 2018 fiscal year. Director Steve Schillig says the money helps pay experts in various fields who act as consultants for businesses in the area. Schilling says those specialists are paid $50 an hour through the SBDC and can offer a range of services both general and in-depth. Schillig says the development center has helped start 45 businesses locally, all free to the clients, paid for through contributions from a number of entities.

PHILA SCHOOLS PURSUE REPLACEMENT LEVY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The New Philadelphia School District wants to replace and increase an existing permanent improvement levy in November, and school officials are telling voters they will actually be paying less if the issue is approved. Treasurer Julie Erwin says this replacement levy in the fall would be for 1 mill, but even with passage, property tax bills are still estimated to be lower by an average of $20 a year because the district’s fixed value 1-mill bond issue that was passed to remodel the high school after the 1992 fire is coming off the books in December. The replacement levy would collect about $460,000 a year. The expiring bond issue is costing about $469,000 annually. The November levy would replace a permanent improvements levy originally passed at .8 mills, but its effective rate has dropped to .3 mills over time.      

STATE NEWS:
TENSING JUDGE STAYS SILENT
CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio prosecutor is delaying comment on the case of a white police officer whose trial following the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist ended with a hung jury for the second time. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has not said whether he'll try the case for a third time but plans to comment the week of July 10. A mistrial has been declared twice in the murder and voluntary manslaughter case of Ray Tensing.

PORTMAN UNDER PRESSURE DURING HEALTHCARE UNCERTAINTY
COLUMBUS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Rob Portman faces intense pressure from back home to oppose the Senate's GOP health care bill. The Republican is being subjected to baseball game flyovers, demonstrations, television ads and a verbal onslaught by Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

CLEVELAND MAYOR PROMISES TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's mayor says he plans to raise the minimum wage for city-paid employees to $15 an hour by next spring. Cleveland.com reports that could affect roughly 500 employees, such as police and fire cadets, custodial staff and lifeguards at city pools. Completing that change will take time because it must be negotiated into the city's labor agreements with nearly three dozen unions.


NATIONAL NEWS:
HEALTHCARE VOTE DELAYED
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes. He says they are "still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place." Republican senators are headed to the White House Tuesday afternoon to talk to President Donald Trump about the future of the bill.

UKRAINE TAKES BRUNT OF CYBER ATTACKS
NEW YORK (AP) - The head of a top Ukranian cybersecurity firm says it's too early to say if his country was singled out as the prime target but that its institutions, long a target of Russian hackers, may have been compromised through attrition. Victor Zhora, CEO of Infosafe IT in Kiev, says he believes the ransomware, which attacks Microsoft operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10, was previously seeded and time-activated. .

REFUGEES SHOULD BE UNAFFECTED BY TRAVEL BAN
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's decision to allow part of President Donald Trump's travel ban to go forward is likely to have only a minimal impact on refugees, for now. A State Department spokeswoman says refugees who have been vetted, approved for a move to the U.S., and scheduled to fly to the U.S. through July 6 will be allowed in.


SPORTS:
MLB: Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Carlos Santana each had three RBIs to help the Cleveland Indians rally from a seven-run deficit and beat the Texas Rangers 15-9 last night after manager Terry Francona left the game because he was not feeling well. The Indians came back after trailing 9-2 in the fourth inning to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2015. Cleveland did not provide any other details about Francona.

WEATHER:
TONIGHT: Clear skies, low 51
WEDNESDAY: Sunny, high 78
THURSDAY: Partly sunny, high 87 
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, rain likely in the afternoon, high 89


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