NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (August 4, 2020) - The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities now has its plan for kids going back to Starlight School August 26th. Superintendent Nate Kamban says their Responsible Restart plan has students in kindergarten through 12th grade spending five days in class when the county threat level is orange, three days in class and one day remote when it’s red, and four days of remote instruction when it’s purple. Kamban says TuscBDD came up with this by looking at what other county boards and area schools are doing. He says the plan has an emphasis on getting the kids in the classroom as much as possible. Kamban says staff members will have to wear a mask, and its strongly encouraged, but not required, for students. There’s a separate plan for Starlight pre-schoolers that has them in two groups alternating in and out of the classroom. Their first day is August 31st.


NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (August 4, 2020) - Tuscarawas County’s sheriff is looking for residents who have what it takes to become 9-1-1 dispatchers. Orvis Campbell says his office has four full-time positions answering emergency calls and dispatching all of the fire and ems and most of the law enforcement agencies in the county. Campbell says basic computer and typing skills are required, and candidates should also have the desire to learn and serve others. He says job benefits include excellent health insurance, a competitive wage, and opportunities to make a difference. A link to apply can be found on the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.


NEWCOMERSTOWN (WJER) (August 4, 2020) - Village officials are making an offer on a former salon they hope to transform into the town’s new municipal headquarters. Council voted Monday to submit a $57,500 bid for the Systems III building on South Bridge Street. Mayor Pat Cadle says they were looking for ways to make the village offices more accessible when the single-story property came onto the market. He says this would allow the village to bring the mayor’s office, fiscal officer and council chambers under one roof, with the police station remaining and its current location. Cadle says if the owner accepts the offer, an inspection still has to be completed before the sale is final.    

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Aug 4, 2020) - Area health officials want the public to know about rabies vaccines that could be falling from the sky soon.  New Philadelphia Health Department Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies are partnering to distribute oral rabies vaccine packets to immunize wild raccoons. Finley says helicopters should begin dropping baits Thursday in wooded areas in New Philadelphia and Uhrichsville, continuing for a few days. Baits will be dropped by plane through the rest of the county August 16-21.  The baits come in a blister pack covered in a waxy green coating. If you come into contact with the liquid inside, thoroughly wash your hands or any exposed skin with soap and water.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Aug 3, 2020) - Tuscarawas County courthouse officials are hoping the new safety precautions they’ve put into place will help ease the minds of residents summoned there for jury duty. Common Pleas Court Administrator Elizabeth Stephenson says they’ve been staggering the arrival times of prospective jurors to promote social distancing, with the court also supplying them with facial coverings to wear during the proceedings. She says they’ve been calling in twice as many jurors as they usually do and having them fill out a health questionnaire ahead of time, so they can excuse jurors with underlying health issues. Stephenson says they’ve also installed plexiglass barriers in the courtrooms, and they’re having jurors check in at the courthouse instead of the clerk’s office, so they aren’t having to travel back and forth between the two buildings. 

UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) (Aug 3, 2020) - Firefighters are being credited with saving a Midvale man’s life earlier this year.  Helen Sommers attended the last Uhrichsville Council meeting to thank the firefighters and paramedics who worked to resuscitate her husband, Rich, when he experienced a “widow-maker” heart attack back in February. She says it’s been a long road to recovery, but Rich is alive and well today thanks to their efforts. Chief Judd Edwards says the dispatcher gave Sommers instructions on how to perform CPR until the team that included
Captain Justin Beckley, Shayne Dorland, Curt McGarry and Bryce Welch arrived at the home to take over. Edwards says they got him into the ambulance and were able to resuscitate him on the way to the hospital. Sommers was taken directly to Mercy Medical Center where doctors placed a stint and had him flown to Cleveland for further treatment. His wife says he spent weeks in a coma, underwent six different surgeries, and was released to come home April 27, two days before his birthday.

DOVER (WJER) (Aug 3, 2020) - Organizers say the local event for the world’s largest fundraiser in the fight against Alzheimer’s is adjusting for the pandemic this year. Spokeswoman Genevieve Bohnak says event day for Dover’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is still Saturday, Sept. 12, but it won’t be a large in-person gathering; teams and participants can walk wherever they want. Bohnak says people can register at the Alzheimer’s Association’s website for the Dover walk, up until that day. Bohnak says they will also invite participants to join a virtual pep rally Aug. 6 at noon or 6 p.m. to learn about new tools and resources this year. Bohnak says walk day on sept. 12 will now have a virtual opening and Promise Garden ceremony that morning.

(WJER) (Aug 3, 2020) - While there won’t be nearly as many people at this year’s county fair, there will be plenty of horses, hogs, chickens, and other barnyard animals. 4-H advisor Kiersten Heckel says the Junior Fair schedule is about 90 percent the same as past years despite the difficulty of working around COVID-19 guidelines. She says there will still be livestock sales, a 4-H awards ceremony, a king and queen, plus a full slate of daily shows from Monday, September 21st, to Sunday, September 26th. There won’t be rides, grandstand events, or vendors. Junior Fair admission and parking will be free, with donations being accepted, but Heckel says they’re still working on details about allowing spectators.

(WJER) (Aug 3, 2020) - Dover Public Library officials are thanking patrons for their cooperation with all the library's new rules by giving them more opportunities to visit.  Director Jim Gill says the fourth phase of the library's five-part reopening plan starts today as they are now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors are still asked to maintain a six-foot distance from others, use designated book drops and limit their time in the library to an hour or less. Gill says curbside pickup remains available and can be arranged by calling 330-343-6123 or visiting the library's website.

DOVER (WJER) (July 31, 2020) - Dover council has filled its Ward 2 vacancy. Kevin Korns has been selected by the city’s six Republican Central Committee members to replace John McFadden, who recently stepped down from council to become the city’s building and zoning codes administrator. Council President Shane Gunnoe says the committee members liked Korn’s management experience and his substantial amount of community involvement with different organizations. He says the Ward 2 seat will be up for election again in November of 2023.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (July 31, 2020) - A local high school senior is paying tribute to a loved one who lost her battle with cancer with a charity cookout this weekend. New Philadelphia student Breanna Shaw is hoping to raise at least $900 with her ‘Food for the Fight’ fundraiser, happening this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm at 735 Oak St. Shaw says she and her team of volunteers will be selling hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks, with the money she brings in going to  patient aid and the American Cancer Society. She says she’s doing this in honor of her grandmother, who passed away in June from cancer. Shaw says people can also buy tickets for a wreath raffle during the event that’s being held in compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines. She’s also accepting online donations through a link posted on her personal Facebook page and the ‘Food for the Fight’ group.


NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (July 31, 2020) - City officials and staff are saying goodbye to the woman Mayor Joel Day calls a personal source of strength and encouragement as she heads into retirement. Mary Ann Otte worked her final day as the mayor’s secretary Friday after four and a half years in the position. Otte saying goodbye is never easy so she told everyone ‘see you later’ instead.  She says she’s looking forward to spending more time with her children and grandkids and also plans to devote more time to her charity, the Joe Otte Memorial Fund that promotes substance use prevention and education in honor of her late son who passed away from a drug overdose in 2013. Otte is being replaced mayor’s secretary by New Philadelphia resident Lacey McKain, who graduated from Kent State University with an education degree. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced Ohio children in kindergarten through high school will be required to wear masks if they return to in-person classes this fall, as he pleaded with parents and educators to abide by the state's health orders. The order came as districts with in-person plans are already scrambling with weeks and sometimes just days left to adjust to an unprecedented learning environment. DeWine also announced Ohio will be joining five other states "to work together" in a bipartisan, interstate compact to expand rapid detection testing as nationwide testing shortages and delays continue.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new cross-check system between separate state law enforcement agencies has turned up 42 ineligible holders of Ohio concealed-weapon permits. The system was announced Tuesday by Republican Attorney General Dave Yost following an analysis that began last year. Under Ohio law, judicial rulings on people determined mentally incompetent to possess a firearm are collected by the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation. But until recently the agency didn't have access to the list of active concealed weapons permit holders maintained by the Department of Public Safety. A new agreement allows the departments to share information.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — Officials say work on FC Cincinnati's soccer stadium has been paused because there have been two "racist incidents" by workers in the past week, and construction won't restart until everyone on the site undergoes anti-bias training. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that David Spaulding, Turner Construction vice president and general manager, said the two "incidents" were caused by subcontractors on the work site. Spaulding said the company has zero tolerance for racism and hate and work will resume when the training is complete. He says those who caused the incidents will not return to the site. Construction officials did not disclose the details of what happened.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican elections chief is backing legislative efforts to make plain who contributes to so-called dark money groups when politics is involved. The push by Secretary of State Frank LaRose follows the indictment of the former speaker of the Ohio House and four others in a $60 million federal bribery probe. Prosecutors allege ex-GOP Speaker Larry Householder shepherded money through a nonprofit organization called Generation Now to enact a legislative bailout of two aging nuclear power plants. Generation Now's contributors and spending are shielded under federal law. LaRose wants the original source of such money made publicly accessible.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — "Squad" member Rashida Tlaib is leading a serious challenger for her House seat in Michigan's primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, is seeking reelection in the 13th District in and around Detroit. Her sole opponent is Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Votes are still being counted, and the winner is not expected to be declared until later Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reversing his months of criticism of mail-in voting by encouraging people to vote by mail in the critical swing state of Florida — but not those in Nevada. Trump's campaign and the national and state GOP are suing Nevada to try to stop its new mail voting law. Trump contends Florida's election system is safe and secure, but the suit in Nevada argues its new law would undermine the election's integrity and violate federal election law and the Constitution. Florida is seen as a must-win state for Trump and is governed by a Republican while Nevada's governor is a Democrat.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan. According to the newspaper report, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say that coaches told them not to report COVID-19 symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest negotiating session on a coronavirus relief bill has wrapped with modest concessions being made by both sides. Top Democrats emerged from a 90-minute meeting with Trump administration officials Tuesday saying progress was made. The Trump team agreed with that assessment and highlighted their offer to extend a moratorium on evictions from federally subsidized housing through the end of the year. But a final agreement appears far off. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has ruled that the Duchess of Sussex can keep her friends' names secret while she brings a privacy-invasion lawsuit against a British newspaper. High Court judge Mark Warby said that "for the time being at least the court should grant the claimant the order that she seeks," protecting the anonymity of friends who defended Meghan in the pages of People magazine. The former Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday over five articles that published portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.  A date has not been set for the full trial.

MLB: Shane Bieber overcame two solo home runs to pitch into the eighth inning, Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians snapped a four-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Reyes capped the Indians’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit with his first homer of the season after hitting 37 with San Diego and Cleveland last year. His shot in the eighth inning to deep right-center field against Nate Jones followed a leadoff walk by Carlos Santana. The Indians played their third consecutive game without manager Terry Francona, who continues to undergo tests in Cleveland for a gastrointestinal condition. There is no timetable for his return. 

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