COMMUNITIES, SCHOOLS SALUTING OUR VETERANS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 11, 2019) -The Tuscarawas Valley is joining the nation today in honoring the men and women who have suited up to defend our country. Today is Veterans Day, which started out as Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the end of the first World War. Many schools and communities are hosting ceremonies today. Officer Jason Thornton, with the Tuscarawas County Veterans Service Office, says he encourages veterans to take advantage of the discounts being offered today by the different restaurants and businesses, with most requiring proof of service. Thornton says Veterans Day follows the birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, established November 10th, 1775.
ASTRONAUT TO SPEAK AT KENT STATE TUSCARAWAS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 11, 2019) - Kent State Tuscarawas is inviting the community to attend a talk at the Performing Arts Center from an out-of-this-world speaker. Director of Advancement Chad Conrad says Dr. Cady Coleman, a former NASA astronaut, will be at the PAC Thursday Nov. 21st to discuss her experience in space as part of their Tusc-Talks series installments. Conrad says they leave time for audience interaction with each guest for a more personal experience. The event is free, but tickets are required. Conrad says those can be reserved or picked up by calling the box office at 330-308-6400
DOVER SCHOOL BOARD FRONTRUNNERS READY TO COLLABORATE
DOVER (Tusco TV) (Nov. 8, 2019) - The three candidates unofficially voted onto the Dover School Board this week are set to get to work. Newcomers Kyle Stemple and Michael Studer join incumbent John Maxwell in leading the vote. Studer says his experience as an independent auditor will be useful for the district’s financial challenges. Maxwell is poised for his third term and says he welcomes the opportunity for fresh perspectives from the two new members. Maxwell beat out Doug Peterman by 49 votes for third place, so there’s still a slim possibility Peterman could overtake Maxwell when the elections board adds in provisional and absentee ballots during certification November 18th.
COMMISSIONERS UPDATE ON MANUFACTURING CORRIDOR PROGRESS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 7, 2019) - An effort to make Tuscarawas and some surrounding counties a hub for manufacturing education is showing progress two years into the program’s creation. Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce President Scott Robinson says the Multi-County Advanced Manufacturing Corridor has about 100-students involved between Kent State Tuscarawas and Buckeye Career Center where they are earning the qualifications to fill a variety of manufacturing roles. Robinson says to date, they’ve collected over $730,000 in grants and local funding. Robinson says they recently visited the Tuscarawas County Commissioners to let them know how far the program has come since it began. He says they want to start bringing the program into elementary and middle schools to get younger kids thinking about the possibilities in a manufacturing career so they can begin that path early on.
CLOSE RACES HINGE UPON ELECTION CERTIFICATION
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 6, 2019) - Voting officials say they still have work to do before this week’s election counts. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt says there are 118 provisional ballots and as many as 159 outstanding absentee ballots that could be added to the election night totals during certification November 18th, enough to possibly change outcomes or trigger automatic recounts for closer races. For example, Jack Robinson leads Fred Edwards by five votes for Rush Township trustee. Michelle Wolf has a three-vote lead over Kenny Trimmer for the second Claymont School Board open seat.
UNOFFICIAL 2019 GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 6, 2019) - There will be a mix of new and returning faces in office next year if the unofficial results of Tuesday’s election hold up. Kyle Stemple, Michael Studer and John Maxwell are the top vote-getters in the Dover School Board race, pushing out incumbents Jeannine Kennedy and Randy Longacher. Dave Frantz, Chris Weaver and write-in candidate Dan Fuller led the New Philadelphia School Board race. Voters approved the Sugarcreek Township fire and rescue levy but rejected the Port Washington income tax street maintenance levy and Barnhill operating levy. Winners of contested mayoral races include Scott Gordon in Zoar, Keith Ely in Baltic and Laurie Green in Mineral City. Steven Smith in Strasburg, Larry Kopp in Midvale and Rich Gilmore in Gnadenhutten defeated incumbent mayors. The elections board still must certify the results later in the month.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a sentencing date later this month for an Ohio man who killed two suburban police officers responding to a 911 hang-up call. Quentin Smith was found guilty Nov. 1 of two counts of aggravated murder for fatally shooting Westerville officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli in February 2018. A divided jury on Nov. 6 recommended life with no parole over a death sentence. A judge in Franklin County will formally pass sentence Smith on Nov. 21. The judge can't override the jury.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities are searching for a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal that was reportedly stolen from an Ohio newspaper's former office. The theft was discovered Thursday morning after The Akron Beacon Journal's staff moved from the paper's former building. The thief took the medal from a protective display case where it was stored in the former newsroom lobby. The medal was scheduled to be moved to the next office. Police say the medal was stolen sometime between Tuesday and late Thursday morning.
NEW CONCORD, Ohio (AP) — The Muskingum University Dam holds back what locals call "College Lake" on the campus of the private liberal arts college. It's among more than 100 dams in Ohio rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition that are classified as "high hazard" because lives could be lost if the dams fail. A two-year investigation by The Associated Press found that Ohio has the fifth highest number of such dams among the 45 states and Puerto Rico that complied with the AP's public records requests.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Services have been announced for an Ohio detective who died after being shot at a house while serving a drug-related warrant. Authorities say Dayton officer Jorge Del Rio was shot in the face Nov. 4 while working with a Drug Enforcement Administration taskforce. A public visitation will be held Monday at the University of Dayton Arena for Del Rio, with his funeral there on Tuesday.
HONG KONG (AP) — A man has been set on fire following an apparent dispute over national identity in Hong Kong, where police shot a protester on a day of escalating violence. The man set on fire and the man shot by police were both in critical condition at hospitals. Both acts were also captured on video as demonstrators blocked roads and trains to push their demands for democratic reforms.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil-and-gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. A spokeswoman for Perry denies he advocated for the business interests of any individual or company during his meetings with Ukraine's leaders.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia has entered a sudden era of political uncertainty with the resignation of President Evo Morales after a push by the military and weeks of massive protests. His jubilant foes celebrated in the streets, treating his ouster as a triumph of democracy after he claimed victory in a widely questioned October election. But the resignation of every constitutionally designated successor left unclear who would take his place and how.
MADRID (AP) — Protesters following a call to action by a secretive pro-Catalan independence group have closed off a major highway border pass between France and Spain. The Catalan transportation authority says in a tweet that the blockade affects both sides of the AP7 highway at the major transportation hub of La Jonquera.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says a U.S. national has been deported home as the country begins transferring captured foreign Islamic State group fighters to their home countries. Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli also said on Monday that seven German nationals would be returned on Nov. 14.
NFL: Baker Mayfield threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 left as the Cleveland Browns snapped a four-game losing streak _ and took some pressure off first-year coach Freddie Kitchens _ with a 19-16 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Browns rallied for a win that kept their season from completely collapsing. Buffalo's Stephen Hauschka missed a game-tying field goal attempt with 22 seconds left. The Bills dropped to 6-3.
NBA: Collin Sexton scored 31 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 108-87. Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson each added 17 points for Cleveland (4-5), which has its first winning streak of the season. Julius Randle had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Alonzo Trier added 13 points for New York (2-8).
NCAA MEN: Freshman D.J. Carton and Kaleb Wesson each had 13 points and No. 18 Ohio State routed UMass-Lowell 76-56. The Buckeyes (2-0) got contributions throughout the lineup in the tuneup against the Atlantic East squad ahead of Wednesday night's matchup with No. 10 Villanova.
TODAY: Cloudy, rain likely, mainly after 2pm, High 48
TONIGHT: Rain before 9pm, then changing over to snow, Low 24
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, a chance of snow, mainly before 10am, High 26
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, High 32