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WJER News

JUVENILE ATTENTION SYSTEM TO SEEK MORE MONEY

11:12 AM - July 27th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA  - Tuscarawas County commissioners should know soon how much more money they will need to contribute to the juvenile attention system. Multi-county system Superintendent Clay Riker told commissioners recently that it is time to reinstate a few detention facilities that were closed, especially in Stark County, so the budget will change this coming year. Riker says some of the 30% of services cut over the last decade have been requested for reinstatement by the juvenile courts in the five-county system. Tuscarawas County is slated to pay its nearly $137,000 share for 2015 and the increase could be determined after more budget meetings this week. Riker says he approached commissioners now to keep them prepared for the new budget numbers.

TEST DRILL SEEKS ADDITIONAL WATER SOURCE

11:12 AM - July 27th, 2015

DUNDEE - Tuscarawas County Water District officials says they are hopeful an attempt to find a third drinking water well for the Dundee area will be successful. Director Mike Jones says one of the two wells serving the area needs some rehabilitation, but it is difficult to shut down the one that produces 72,000 gallons a day and still meet demand. Jones says contractors will first dig a test well later this summer to make sure the location is right. Earlier this month, Tuscarawas County commissioners approved spending $45,000 to drill the test well. 

BROWN PROFESSES TO BE PART-TIME ADVOCATE

11:11 AM - July 27th, 2015

WASHINGTON - Ohio’s democratic US senator says first it was overtime and now it’s part time. Sherrod Brown says he wants companies to coordinate with their part timers’ lives after hearing anecdotes about unexpected work schedules causing problems. Brown says he is concerned that schedule conflicts is a widespread issue and researching whether government should get involved. He says a letter-writing campaign he was involved with led to the president issuing an executive order that salaried employees making fewer than $50,000 annually will be allowed to claim overtime hours starting in 2016.

SUSPECT CHARGED IN ROBBERY

1:25 PM - July 25th, 2015

STRASBURG - Authorities say a Canal Fulton man has been charged with the hold-up at Fro’s Drive Thru in Strasburg earlier this week. 28-year-old Joseph Russ is being held in the Stark County jail on unrelated drug charges after his arrest Thursday. New Philadelphia Municipal Court officials say he has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery.  Police say surveillance video from other businesses in the area apparently shows Russ driving an SUV similar to the one used in the armed robbery Tuesday when the suspect put a gun to the clerk’s head and demanded she open the safe. When she could not, he got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. No one was injured.

COUNCIL TAKES NEXT STEP

1:24 PM - July 25th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - City leaders say they are a little closer to placing a bond issue on the November ballot seeking money to build a new fire station. Council passed a resolution on its third reading to send the proposal to the county auditor to set its millage. Council member John Zucal says despite disagreement among council, which failed to have enough votes to suspend the rules and pass the legislation quickly, he feels residents support the bond issue to generate $5 million for the new station construction. Zucal says he says he feels confident council will meet the August 5th filing deadline by finalizing the ballot language through a series of special council meetings next week.

TWIN CITY FIREFIGHTERS TO HOLD LIVE BURN SUNDAY

1:24 PM - July 25th, 2015

DENNISON - Firefighters are reminding residents that a house fire all day Sunday is only a live training drill. Fire Chief Dave McConnell says the structure at 910 Stillwater Avenue was donated to the fire department by a local business to help new and existing firefighters learn the ropes of a real fire.  McConnell says trainers from other local fire departments will supervise the burn and set small fires throughout the structure for both Dennison and Uhrichsville firefighters. McConnell says the live burn is expected to begin at 7 AM Sunday morning and last through at least 5 PM. 

WEEKEND EVENTS FILL THE VALLEY

1:23 PM - July 25th, 2015

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Tuscarawas County residents have a number of opportunities this weekend to get outside and enjoy the weather. Strasburg Corn Festival Co-Organizer Jennifer Mahoney says the popular corn eating contest is Saturday at 12:30. She says the event draws quite the crowd of contestants and observers. The annual Noah’s Hope Family Fun Day is also Saturday at Shoup’s Cleaning to raise awareness about local child abuse. Larry Karroll lost his grandson Noah in 2006 and Karroll says the family wants to prevent future deaths and financially support the Tuscarawas County Child Advocacy Center and the Akron Children’s Hospital CARE Center. Also this weekend is the St. Mary’s Festival in Dennison, which runs through Saturday and the Times Reporter Charity All-Star Football Game is tonight in Dover.

DOVER RECEIVES GRANT FOR STREET RECONSTRUCTION

1:23 PM - July 25th, 2015

DOVER - The city of Dover is nearly ready to reconstruct two deteriorating roads. Dover Service Director Dave Douglas says the city recently received a $381,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission to improve Oxford and Prospect Streets. Douglas says that area is in dire need of attention as truck traffic continues to increase. Douglas says the city previously reconstructed a portion of Oxford to the Economic Development and Finance Alliance’s building but he says work on the remaining stretch is overdue. Douglas says he hopes to start the project this fall.

T-R ALL-STAR GAME TODAY

11:24 AM - July 24th, 2015

DOVER - Organizers with the Times Reporter All-Star Charity Football Game say they are expecting another large crowd this year as the game moves to Dover’s Crater Stadium. The proceeds benefit Rainbow Connection of Tuscarawas County, and Director Carmel Haueter says the game usually brings in $10,000 after the bills are paid. Haueter says the funds directly benefit Rainbow Connection’s mission of serving local families who need help paying medical bills or purchasing supplies and equipment. Tonight's Times Reporter All-Star Game kicks off at 7 p.m. from Crater Stadium. You can catch all the action on 1450 with Coach’s Corner beginning at 6:15 p.m.

GATED AREA IGNITES DEBATE

11:24 AM - July 24th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County commissioners say a locked gate allowing only the six property owners access to land in Warwick Twp. should remain in place despite one landowner’s opposition. Jack Robinson of Blizzard Ridge Rd. in Uhrichsville is seeking to remove the gate because he believes State Dam Rd. is a public road and disagrees with having to use a key to unlock it. Property owner Dan Heter of Anderson Hill Rd. in New Philadelphia claims Robinson put his own lock on the gate out of spite. During the sometimes heated debate at the commissioners’ meeting Thursday, Robinson says he wants unobstructed access. County Commissioner Kerry Metzger says the gate protects the isolated rural area that includes Trenton Heritage Park. The gate has been in place since at least before 2007 when the park was established.