7:54 AM - March 29th, 2017
BUCKEYE NURSING STUDENTS REPLACING TOMBSTONES
UHRICHSVILLE – Buckeye Career Center nursing program students who are members of the school’s SkillsUSA organization chapter have been working the past couple years to replace 18 Civil War veterans’ weathered tombstones at Union Cemetery that are no longer legible. A 19th soldier there is getting a tombstone for the first time. The students showed off the progress Tuesday. The new tomb stones will be ready for Memorial Day. But before that, they will be showcased at a SkillsUSA competition in Columbus next month.
SPORTSMAN’S CLUB BUILDING DESTROYED IN ARSON
TIPPECANOE - The State Fire Marshal’s office has ruled an early Tuesday morning garage fire arson. A member of the Hey Jack Sportsman’s Club on Blizzard Ridge Rd. discovered the aftermath of the fire that nearly leveled the cinderblock building. Club President Bill McPeck says the 20-by-20 foot garage, which was not insured, stored landscaping equipment, archery targets and more. An ATV and other items from there appear missing. Investigators say there is evidence of breaking and entering. They are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. The total damage estimate is between $40-60,000.
PARK EMPLOYEE REMEMBERED
NEW PHILADELPHIA – City Council is honoring a longtime Tuscora Park employee who died in January with a resolution. Council President Sam Hitchcock spoke in depth Monday about the 46-year career of former carousel operator David Miller, which was longer than any other park employee there. Miller even married his wife Linda on that carousel. Miller’s popularity allowed him to serve as grand marshal for the First Town Days Festival parade in 2015.
TUSCORA PARK WORK BEGINS
NEW PHILADELPHIA – It is shaping up to be a busy spring and summer around Tuscora Park. Mayor Joel Day says construction on the New Philadelphia Rotary/RTY boardwalk got underway Monday. It should be finished in June. Also in June, the tennis court renovations should start up. New field turf will then be installed at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in July. Day asks visitors to please bear with the city during this work.
KAMBAN NAMED BDD SUPERINTENDENT
NEW PHILADELPHIA - County developmental disability officials are forecasting change over the coming years as new leadership moves in. Transitional Superintendent Nate Kamban was approved by the board for a three-year contract as the agency’s superintendent beginning July 1st. Kamban says the changes happening within Tusc BDD helped prepare him for this role since his time as community relations coordinator. Kamban says he plans to further expand the services offered through his agency around the county. Kamban will take over for Kellie Brown this summer. He has served as the transitional superintendent for the agency since May of 2016.
COMMISSIONERS RECRUITING FOR CAMPAIGN
NEW PHILADELPHIA - The Tuscarawas County commissioners are trying to recruit county employees to join the campaign for the sales tax renewal appearing on the ballot in May. The commissioners held a presentation today for the various county elected officials and department heads demonstrating how the sales tax affects their operations. Commissioner Chris Abbuhl pointed out the 1% sales tax collection represents about 57% of the county general fund. Abbuhl says without the revenue, it could jeopardize discretionary spending for programs such as the OSU Ag Extension Office and the Water and Soil Conservation District. Abbuhl says sales tax receipts have also been climbing, from about $9 million in 2009 to about $13 million last year.
IDEA TO ARM INDIAN VALLEY TEACHERS GAINS SUPPORT
GNADENHUTTEN - Indian Valley School District Superintendent Ira Wentworth says he expects the school board to pass a new policy at its next meeting that will arm certain faculty members in the event of an active shooter situation. Once the policy goes into effect, select teachers will undergo training to carry a gun on school property starting in the fall. Wentworth believes even the idea of staff members having a gun may be enough of a deterrent to prevent a tragedy. He says the public has shown support for the idea so far.
ZOAR EXHIBITS ON TOUR
ZOAR - Zoar is taking its bicentennial celebrations on the road. A traveling display representing the village in now up at the German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C. through May 26th. Historic Zoar Village Site Director Tammi Mackey-Shrum says it includes cases with Zoar items and artifacts and a miniature 3-D replica of the village gardens. Mackey-Shrum says the village also has a second traveling display that will be in Ambridge, Pennsylvania for most of April and May. Zoar officials and others from the area are traveling to the D.C. exhibit for a preview reception Thursday evening.
FAMILY CHARGED FOR DECOMPOSING BODY DISCOVERY
NEW PHILADELPHIA - A married couple and their adult daughter are facing felony charges after sheriff’s deputies discovered a decomposing body in their Wainwright home on March 21st. The corpse is believed to be 71-year-old Robert Harris, a Vietnam veteran. 49-year-old Brian Sorohan and 45-year-old Stacy Sorohan are accused of continuing to collect Harris’ Social Security benefits after his death from November up until last week. Charges include abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card. Charges against 18-year-old Brianna Sorohan include failure to report a death. Bond has been set at $20,000 for both Brian and Stacy. Brianna was released on her own recognizance.
LIGHT PLANT EARNS HIGH RANKING
DOVER – Officials are celebrating national recognition for the city’s ability to provide power to its citizens. Superintendent of the electric field division Charlie Stull says the RP3 diamond-level designation goes to cities who excel in record keeping, reporting, and safety training. Stull says Dover has come a long way to earn this honor. Stull says this achievement also acknowledges the proactive work of his employees. There are only 76 diamond-level public power communities out of over 2,000 nationwide.
RUN FOR HOME APPROACHING
NEW PHILADELPHIA - Planning and preparations for the 2017 Run for Home races are heading down the home stretch. It is all happening April 1st and 2nd, with the half marathon, 10k, a Kids Run, and the Wellness Fair centered around Tuscora Park. Miss Ohio and Miss Clayland will be involved again. Race organizer Matt Ritzert says about 1,400 people are signed up for the races so far, and volunteers are still needed. Anyone interested can head to the Run for Home website to learn more. Run for Home is again sponsored by Union Hospital and benefits Habitat for Humanity of East Central Ohio.
CHIEF SAYS HE WANTS TO HELP
WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE (AP) - The police chief of a small Ohio city that criminally charges drug users revived by emergency responders using an overdose antidote says the goal is to help addicts. Washington Court House Police Chief Brian Hottinger says his hard-hit community is grasping at straws like other municipalities when it comes to battling the epidemic.
TRUMPS EPA DEREGULATING TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
BILLINGS (AP) - President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations on climate change is unlikely to turn around the coal industry any time soon. Experts say coal's biggest problem isn't pollution rules but cheap and abundant natural gas. Also, mining has become more automated and needs fewer workers than it once did to extract a given amount of coal.
KASICH MAKES THE TRIP TO NH
MANCHESTER (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to New Hampshire in April to promote his new book on the road ahead for America. A Kasich spokesman says the governor will speak at Saint Anselm College on April 27, two days after "Two Paths: America Divided or United" is published. Kasich took second place in the Republicans' 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary and became a strong critic of Republican President Donald Trump.