TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
AREA WELL-REPRESENTED AT STATE FAIR
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County 4-H officials say more than 150 local kids are competing at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus this week. 4-H coordinator Barb Airgood with the Tuscarawas County Extension office says the students are presenting projects from photography to sewing to nutrition. But she says many are also showing their companion animals, which is a first time category. Airgood says only the top 10-percent of the thousands of entries win the top prize of a clock trophy. Airgood says the event runs through August 3rd in Columbus. But she says livestock deadlines to enter the Tuscarawas County Fair are coming up a just a week later.
DOVER APPROVES K9 UNIT
DOVER - The Dover Police Department is now positioned to add a drug-sniffing dog to the force after years of discussions. City Council has authorized the formation of a Dover Canine Unit that follows an agreement between the city and police union. Safety Director Tim Tarulli says this also establishes a fund to begin accepting donations for the purchase of the dog and training, expenses that can total about $12-thousand. Tarulli says the department’s K-9 officer will be Bill Nedrow, who spearheaded the effort to bring in a dog and has been researching different options. Tarulli says the goal is to have the dog available in time for a training session that starts later next month.
COUNCIL OVERCOMES CONSTRUCTION DELAY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - This summer’s Community Development Block Grant project for improvements around West Elementary School will now begin with only a slight delay. The work was unable to start as intended Monday after council member Cheryl Ramos last week voted against legislation accepting the project’s contractor. She says she objected to that portion because it was presented to council so late in the process. Ramos was absent from a special meeting Monday night where council approved the ordinance on its second reading, and Mayor Dave Johnson says the project can now get underway Wednesday. Council member Darrin Lautenschleger, who was absent last week, says he found the holdup and the need to gather again to decide on the legislation odd because Ramos voted in favor of the project in committee. Construction along north Tuscarawas Ave., which will include sidewalks and a bus lane, should take about two weeks to complete.
POST OFFICES HOPE COMMUNITY CAN DELIVER
TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Post offices in two area villages could reduce their hours or even close depending on the outcomes of community meetings later this summer. The US Postal Service sent out surveys to residents in the villages of Dennison and Tuscarawas asking how often they use the local office. Spokesman David Van Allen says mail volume across the United States has dropped by 50% forcing the USPS to make adjustments. Van Allen says the overall plan is to just reduce hours and preserve the rural post office. The Tusky post office meeting is set for July 30 at the Community Center and Dennison residents can attend their meeting August 21 at the First Presbyterian Church.
PHILA SCHOOLS ATTEMPTING LEVY RENEWAL
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The New Philadelphia School District is looking to keep its momentum going with voters following the slim levy victory from this past spring. District treasurer Steve Sherer says the school board has agreed to place a 5.9-mill renewal operating levy on the ballot this November. Sherer says if the district is unable to pass this renewal, which brings in about 660-thousand dollars a year, it would wipe out the progress made during the spring levy victory. Sherer says this levy would not be an additional tax and was first approved in 1994 and renewed every five years since then.
MEASLES OUTBREAK NEARING END
DOVER - Tuscarawas County Health Department officials are starting to relax their offensive against the measles epidemic. Nursing Clinic Director Judy Tornabene says the last case of the recent outbreak was confirmed in Holmes County at the end of June, with the incubation period ending August 11. Tornabene says after giving 112 free doses of the MMR vaccine in June, her office has only administered about a dozen of the shots so far this month. However, Tornabene says measles could still reappear here with smaller outbreaks continuously happening all around the country. The recent epidemic started when an unvaccinated Amish group traveled to the Philippines and brought the measles back to Knox County. The outbreak grew to 368 cases in nine counties.
PAC SEASON FEATURES COMEDIAN, BROADWAY SHOWS
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The secret is out for the musicians and acts that will be coming in for the fifth season at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. General Manager Mike Morelli says the season gets underway with comedian Rodney Carrington August 29 followed a week later by a sing-a-long performance of the musical Grease. Morelli says the schedule also includes some returning favorites such as Mannheim Steamroller and Stomp. But Morelli says he expects some more names to be joining the schedule later in the season. Broadway performances include Flash Dance and Sister Act, and tribute bands will honor Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin. A complete list is available on the PAC website http://www.tusc.kent.edu/pac/event/index.cfm.
AMERICORPS WORKERS TO ARRIVE
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Tuscarawas County commissioners say they are welcoming a conservation worker to help restore the environment over the next year. Commissioner Belle Everett says AmeriCorps worker Laura Davis is set to arrive in August to focus on county properties, including the Norma Johnson Center area. She will join three other annual AmeriCorps workers designated for the Huff Run and Mud Run Watersheds, as well as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
MANDEL SINGLES OUT SUPERB WORKER
SUGARCREEK - State officials are recognizing a local worker for pursuing a skilled trade. Sugarcreek resident and SUPERB Industries technician Amy Cappon was personally awarded an Ohio Strong award Thursday by state Treasurer Josh Mandel. Cappon says she was just hoping to better her knowledge when she entered the company’s in-house training program. Mandel says he’s presented 50 awards since March as he encourages young people to enter the skilled trades workforce because jobs remain unfilled as baby boomers retire. Mandel says he is also pushing for schools to reinstate shop classes as nearly 48% of college graduates are working jobs that lack degree requirements. Mandel says the state legislature must allocate more money to public high schools to help fill the skills gap.
TEENS CHARGED IN ROCK-THROWING ON PERRY TEACHER
MIFFLINBURG, PA (AP) - Three Pennsylvania teenagers now stand charged as adults in a highway rock-throwing incident in Pennsylvania that left an Stark County teacher critically injured. 17-year-old Milton resident Tyler Gregory Porter appeared in court Monday on charges including aggravated assault and conspiracy. Court records say Porter told police another boy threw the rock that hit the car. Two other teens were previously arrested. A fourth participant has been charged as a juvenile. State police say the teens drove to an I-80 overpass July 10 to throw rocks. One large rock blasted through a car windshield and hit 52-year-old Uniontown, Ohio, resident Sharon Budd in the face. The Perry Schools teacher remains in critical condition.
POPULATION BALANCE SHIFTS
COLUMBUS (AP) - New census data show working-class whites now make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, a demographic change that has both parties expanding their efforts to reach other voters. Unpublished 2014 census figures show about 4.1 million, or 48%, of eligible voters in Ohio are working-class whites. That's down from 50.5% in November 2012. In response Democrats are trying to paint themselves as the party of diversity with a 2014 statewide ticket that features three white men, two white women and one black woman. Republicans meanwhile are trying to reach more female voters and college students as they try to widen their appeal. Longtime Democratic strategist Greg Haas says Ohio is too balanced for either party to ignore any segment of voters.
DEATH OF BABY KILLED BY DOG IS RULED AN ACCIDENT
DAYTON (AP) - Authorities say a 7-month-old boy attacked and killed by a dog in southwestern Ohio was from Indiana. The Montgomery County coroner's office in Ohio said Monday that autopsy results showed Jonathon Quarles Jr., of Indianapolis, died of multiple injuries from the attack. Police say the baby's step-grandmother was watching him for the day in Dayton when her dog attacked and killed him yesterday afternoon.
VA NOMINEE UP FOR KEY VOTE
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama's pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department appears headed to easy confirmation. Robert McDonald goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today. Veterans Affairs has been plagued by treatment delays and falsified appointment records to cover up long wait times.
NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED TO BORDER
AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tired of what he calls "lip service" from the federal government. He says the National Guard will provide additional support to a state-funded border surge that is costing an additional $1.3 million a week. Much of the area has been overwhelmed in recent months by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the US.
PLANE CRASH REMAINS HEADED HOME
HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) - Russian-backed separatists have allowed a train packed with bodies from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane to leave eastern Ukraine. They've also agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes. The head of the Dutch National Forensic Investigations Team says seeing the wreckage was chilling as most of the 298 victims were from the Netherlands.
MLB: Right-hander Danny Salazar has been recalled from the minors and will start for Cleveland tonight at Minnesota. He was in the rotation from opening day until he was sent to Columbus May 16, going 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA.
NBA: The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly close to signing No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign Wiggins in the near future. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans. There has been speculation the Cavs might trade Wiggins to Minnesota as part of a deal to get Kevin Love.
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