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WJER News

NEWS HEADLINES

8:23 AM - July 21st, 2017

 

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FOOTBALL REFEREES WANTED 
DOVER
 - The Tuscarawas Football Officials Association is on the lookout for a few good candidates willing to become referees.  The association’s Steve Rippeth says they will have a tent set up at the Times-Reporter All-Star Game tonight, trying to recruit people to become officials. The association is again offering a summer short course starting August 7th, and participants can be licensed for their first games by August 23rd. New officials spend the first two years working junior high and middle school games. Those pay about $30-$40 dollars a game.  The refs are then evaluated and can move up to high school games after that, which pay $60-$70. Rippeth says there are about 3,500 football officials in Ohio, and many are aging, which is why the association is in trying to get more people to participate. More info is available at TuscFootballOfficials.Com.   

 

 

 

INDSAY’S LAW SLATED FOR AUGUST 1ST
DOVER
- Tuscarawas County health officials say youth athletes will have a new step to take before playing in any organized sports around Ohio. Health Commissioner Katie Seward says Lindsay’s Law is set to go into effect August 1st, which requires athletes under the age of 19 to watch an informational video about sudden cardiac arrest, also known as SCA. Seward says the law also requires coaches to sit their players out if they start showing signs of SCA, something they never had to do until now. Again, the law goes into effect August first of this year. Seward says coaches, parents and guardians are also required to watch the video, which can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website.

 

 

 

FARMERS’ MARKET TOURS RETURN
DOVER
 - Shoppers who frequent the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market can get a closer look at where their food originated. Chair Mark Mckenzie says the market will have another Drive-Your-Own Farm Tour Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  People on the tour will get to check out four of the market’s weekly vendors. McKenzie says the participants drive themselves to the farms. A map of their locations is up on the market’s Facebook page. The farms participating are Bosler’s Honey Bees in Dundee, Cattle Creek in Dover, Green Grace Gardens, Kneuss Family Farms in New Philadelphia and Shady Grove Greenhouse in Sherrodsville. 

 

 

 

UHRICHSVILLE CONSIDERING LANDLORD REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT
UHRICHSVILLE
 – City officials are getting to the bottom of an issue that has stalled citywide cleanup efforts. Mayor Rick Dorland says council is considering an ordinance that would require landlords to register their properties with the city to make it easier to send cleanup notices. He says tracking down the rental landlords is often a challenge because many live out of state. If council passes the ordinance, landlords would have to pay a one-time $25 registration fee, no matter how many properties they own.  

 

 

 

PORTMAN STILL FIGHTING FOR NEW HEALTHCARE PLAN
WASHINGTON D.C 
- Some top republicans aren’t giving up yet after senators fell short of the votes needed to pass a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell intends to have the senate vote next week on advancing a straight-up repeal. Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman believes the senate made progress with its health care overhaul, but McConnell’s proposal does not seem to be something he would support. Meanwhile governor John Kasich says he believes a lot of people were breathing a sigh of relief when the senate didn’t vote on its bill. Congressman Bill Johnson issued a statement saying he is frustrated with colleagues not committed to reform.  He added that he’s extremely disappointed some of our republican senators decided to sit this one out.  

 

 

 

ALIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO ATWOOD
ATWOOD
 - The nation’s biggest Christian music concert series has returned to the valley. It’s day one of the Alive Music and Outreach Festival at Atwood Lake, running through Saturday.  Park Spokesperson Adria Bergeron says it attracts about 15,000 visitors there each day. The lineup has speakers, seminars and a mix of musicians. This is the 30th year for the Alive Festival, which moved to Atwood Lake Park in 2010.   

 

 

 

OLD FIRE STATION’S FUTURE CONSIDERED
NEW PHILADELPHIA 
- There may still be some life left in the old fire station. Mayor Joel Day says he has been in talks with Buckeye Career Center about using the old station to host the school’s EMT training course. Any lease agreement could bring in new revenue to the city, with a final decision expected by next week.  Engineers deemed the building safe since it no longer has to support the weight of multi-ton emergency vehicles moving in and out every day.

 

 

 

PHILA CITY AUCTION TOO BIG FOR ONE SITE 
NEW PHILADELPHIA 
– Some changes are coming to the city auction this year. Council member Rob Maurer says it will start at the old fire station at 5 p.m. on August 28th to sell off items left behind in that building.  The auction then shifts to the city garage on Commercial Avenue later that evening with cars, bikes and other large items to bid on.  Maurer believes this location split will attract new buyers and save the city trouble with having to collect everything at one site.  

 

 

 

TRUCK IN HOUSE
NEW PHILADELPHIA 
- That pickup truck is still partially sticking out of the house in the 400 block of Canal Street on the south side of New Philadelphia. The crash happened just after midnight Saturday night. The driver, 26-year-old Trent Slider of Canton was charged with driving under the influence and failure to control. Officer Chad Dorsey say they are waiting until it’s safe to remove the truck. Dorsey says the couple living at the home were in bed, just a wall away from where the truck entered the house. They are now staying with family members. Dorsey says slider remains in Aultman Hospital under observation for the injuries he suffered in the crash. 

 

 

 

SEMI CRASH SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL, STOPS TRAFFIC
NEWCOMERSTOWN 
- State Troopers believe a West Lafayette man was at fault for the Monday morning crash that closed down US 36 East for about a couple hours near Newcomerstown. Trooper Shawn Walters says it appears 20-year-old Brandon Able was the driver of a car sitting at an intersection that turned into the path of an oncoming semi. Walters says able had to be extricated from the vehicle and taken to the hospital in Coshocton for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. The semi driver was not injured.  Able was not immediately cited for the crash, which remains under investigation.  

 

 

 

PROGRESS ON DOVER ICE RINK PLAN
DOVER
 - Build a Winter Dream committee members are unveiling some specifics on their plan to install an ice rink at Dover City Park. Member Pam Dummermuth says the 80 by 40 foot rink would be constructed every year next to the tennis courts at the park, and can hold up 125 people at a time. Dummermuth says they can still expand that size if needed. Committee member Jodi Nicklaus says the group has been doing their due diligence in trying to make sure the ice rink they build suits the community. The group has planned more quarter auctions to help reach their $200,000 goal. The first is slated for September 10th at Dover Memorial Hall. They hope to have the rink installed by mid-November, 2018. 

 

 

 

FATAL FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION 
NEW PHILADELPHIA
 - Firefighters still do not know the cause of the Sunday morning house fire in Goshen Township that killed 78-year-old William West. Fire chief Jim Parrish says William’s wife, Connie, awoke to smoke filling the home at 265 Goshen Hill Road and ran to a neighbor’s to report the fire. She was treated for minor injuries. William was sleeping in the living room where the fire had started. He died at the scene, and the fire was contained to that living room. There were no working smoke detectors in the home. No damage estimate has been determined.    

 

 

 

TRUCK STILL PARTIALLY IN HOUSE
NEW PHILADELPHIA 
- Police say they hope to get the home that had a truck crash into it on the south side of town cleaned up as soon as possible. 26-year-old Trent Slider of Canton is charged with driving under the influence and failure to control for wrecking into the home in the 400 block of Canal Street just after 12 a.m. Sunday. Officer Chad Dorsey says the couple living at the home was in bed a wall away from the wreck when it happened. They were not injured and are now staying with family.  The truck is still partially sticking out of the house, which was moved a few feet off its foundation and could be considered a total loss. The insurance company will determine when it is safe to remove the truck. Slider has been in Aultman Hospital for treatment since the crash.

 

 

 

FATAL CRASHES TO GET A CLOSER LOOK
DOVER -
 The Tuscarawas County Safe Communities program is trying to get a better understanding of the conflicting crash statistics locally this year. Through mid-July, 674 crashes were investigated in the county, down 59 from a year earlier, but program coordinator Kelly Snyder says there have been 11 fatal crashes, compared to six in all of 2016. Snyder says the coalition will meet August 23rd to discuss those fatalities from the second quarter of this year, which included seven deadly wrecks in June alone.   

 

 

 

DIFFICULT SUMMER FOR WATER PARK SO FAR
UHRICHSVILLE
 – City officials are still trying to recoup from a couple of rough weekends at the water park. Mayor Rick Dorland says a pool pump motor went bad over the July 4th holiday weekend, forcing the park to be closed for a day. Then just over a week ago, workers began finding a number of electrical issues one morning that ended up being caused by a lightning strike.  Insurance should cover the cost of replacing equipment that was damaged. Dorland says in addition, they have also been plagued by bad weather and storm closures this summer.  

 

 

 

PHILA MAYOR BLASTS CENTRALIZED TAX COLLECTION OPTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA
 – The city’s mayor is voicing his frustration over a provision in the new two-year state budget. It allows businesses to file their local income tax returns through a centralized state collection process. The state would redistribute the money back to the cities but retain 1% as a service fee. Mayor Joel Day says it is unclear how much money the city could lose by this, but any reduction in funding is a problem, and he is not even confident the state system will work well. Day hopes having enough people voicing opposition can persuade legislators to scrap the provision and keep all income tax collection at a local level.