WJER News

BRAND’S HIRE BECOMES OFFICIAL

7:11 AM - February 28th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The New Philadelphia School District now has its next superintendent in place.  The school board Friday hired South Central School District of Huron County Superintendent Dave Brand to fill that same role in New Philadelphia with a three year contract running August 1st through July 31st of 2018.  But Brand says he intends to stay put along with his wife and two young daughters long beyond that. Brand says there was much that attracted him to the job opening, including the district’s academic reputation and the hospitality of the community.  Brand’s contract will pay him $120-thousand a year plus any raises the school board awards the administrators during that time.   Brand was chosen this week after a lengthy selection process that involved the help of a search committee and input from community focus groups.

FRED HOWER BRINGS LIVE SHOW TO PHILA

7:10 AM - February 28th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - WJER listeners are getting a chance to have all their gardening questions answered by the “Ohio Nurseryman” in person again this weekend.  Fred Hower is appearing at the New Towne Mall food court for a special extended version of his weekly radio show “Plant Talk Live” live from 8 to 10 AM Saturday, airing exclusively on WJER.  This will be the 10th year of hosting the show at the mall, and Hower says he carries on because he enjoys educating people about the hobby. Meanwhile Hower says this snow is doing no harm to the lawns and gardens out there, as most questions now are about whether spring will ever arrive. Tickets are required to attend plant talk live in person tomorrow

CITY FRUSTRATED OVER PARKING VIOLATORS

7:10 AM - February 28th, 2015

UHRICHSVILLE Police have been ticketing dozens of vehicles violating the 24-hour parking ordinance. Council President Mark Haney says the winter weather makes the problem even more apparent as service trucks leave cars plowed under snow piles. Then initial fine is $15, but Haney says ongoing problem vehicles will be towed.

CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS GARAGE A TOTAL LOSS

7:09 AM - February 28th, 2015

WASHINGTON TWP - Newcomerstown firefighters say a garage used for a housing construction business was destroyed in an overnight fire.  The blaze was reported by a neighbor about 2 a.m. at the Tim Kees Construction garage located off State Route 258 in Washington Township.  Fire Chief Bobby McGarry says nobody was injured, there has been no cause ruled and no damage estimate yet for the garage and its contents, including equipment and a couple vehicles, that were left a total loss. McGarry says firefighters from six surrounding departments responded and remained on scene for about three and a half hours.  

BRAND NAMED AS NP’S NEXT SUPERINTENDENT

8:12 AM - February 26th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - School officials say they are ready to hire a new superintendent. The school board agreed Wednesday after two focus group sessions in two days that current South Central Schools Superintendent David Brand will take over the district. Interim Superintendent Doug Spade says the Huron County man was the clear choice. New Philadelphia School Board President Dave Frantz says he was impressed with Brand, who emerged from seven finalists with the last two evaluated by the 40-member community group this week. Spade says Brand has been superintendent at the Greenwich area district for three years, but also has experience as a high school principal, curriculum director and an athletic director. Frantz says details on Brand’s contract will be finalized Friday afternoon.