WJER News

GREEN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO INDICTMENT

9:17 AM - April 17th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A former Claymont Jr. High teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has returned to court briefly on new charges in the case.  29-year old Sean Green of Dover was arrested in December for allegedly exchanging nude photos over a cell phone with a 14-year old student, and later resigned in January.   Green plead not guilty Thursday in Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court to the felonies from a March indictment that includes one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor and two counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.  Green will remain out of jail on his own recognizance but must continue to stay away from Claymont school grounds. He is also prohibited from using a cell phone and must have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

JOB FAIR ATTENDANCE SLIPS

9:16 AM - April 17th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - The response to the most recent employment fair in the area is being interpreted as another sign that the job market is improving. Goodwill Industries hosted its 2015 spring Community Job Fair at New Towne Mall Thursday with 34 employers in attendance ranging from banks, nursing homes and oil and gas companies.  Goodwill Program Specialist Penny Martin says more than 200 people registered for the event to see what was available, a number that has seemed to drop along with the unemployment rate in recent years. However Martin says the turnaround is making it difficult on some of the companies that are trying to fill skilled jobs. Jobseekers told WJER they had a variety of reasons for turning out, but most walked away feeling optimistic about their chances of landing work. Martin says the employers were looking to fill a mix of jobs such as home health aides, office positions, engineering and more.   

COMMISSIONERS JOIN SUPPORT FOR FFA CAMP

9:16 AM - April 17th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - A campaign to raise money for a new facility at the FFA camp in Carroll County is well on its way. Camp Muskingum Director Todd Davis says they have $1 million toward the $2.5 million goal and construction should begin this fall. He says the Leesville Lake complex has been getting by with a temporary set up since a fire at the facility in 2011. Davis says he is collecting letters of support for the project from groups, including the Tuscarawas County Commissioners Thursday, to include with grant applications. The new nature center will also accommodate 350 people with a stage, and a welcome center highlighting the oil and gas and other energy industries in the area. 

ARTS COUNCIL RESEARCH PHASE COMPLETE

9:15 AM - April 17th, 2015

NEW PHILADELPHIA - An arts council in Tuscarawas County is one step closer to becoming a reality. The group researching the idea recently completed its information gathering attempt. Research sub-facilitator Diane Lautenschleger says volunteers looked into arts council’s across the nation and also took inventory of the local art scene. Lautenschleger says the research phase originally included 15 area professionals and community members but quickly grew to nearly 50 people, volunteering their time towards the effort. Lautenschleger says the group received approval from the Tuscarawas County commissioners last fall to conduct the feasibility study and she says the results will be presented in the coming weeks.   

UPDATED PIPELINE MAPS AVAILABLE

9:15 AM - April 17th, 2015

TUSCARAWAS COUNTY - Residents who might be impacted by the proposed ET Rover Pipeline have a chance to view the latest route changes made by the company. Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says updated maps reflect the results of surveying work and are now available at the Tuscarawas County Public Library and online. Granado says following all permit approvals, construction on the unit could begin next year but she says it would take a few years before the entire 711-mile natural gas unit is complete. Granado says the $4.2 billion investment is expected to run through 29-miles of Tuscarawas County, passing through Fairfield, Sandy and Warren Townships.