Local News In Tuscarawas County


Village to take ownership of Simonds industrial site

Newcomerstown, Ohio - A plan to tear down a decaying Newcomerstown landmark and repurpose its 36 acres of property for public purposes can now begin moving forward. On Tuesday, Newcomerstown Solicitor Robert Stephenson informed council members that the village would be assuming ownership of the former Simonds Industrial property at 641 Heller Drive. Mayor Pat Cadle says the plan is to tear down the former manufacturing facility and repurpose the land for community use. He says the village has been weighing an assortment of potential uses that include converting a portion of the property into a housing development, creating a recreational area and constructing a parking lot for the village’s baseball fields. He notes that the village is also open to additional suggestions from the community. He says the village is also open to additional suggestions from the community.

Country songstress Lorrie Morgan coming to New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, Ohio - One of the most eloquently emotive country vocalists of modern times will be performing in New Philadelphia. Singer Lorrie Morgan will take the stage at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Known for her lustrous vocal phrasing and down-to-earth believability, Morgan has established her place as a country star - a modern woman making country music history. Her 12 recorded albums have has sold over eight million copies and garnered 14 Top 10 hits including "Five Minutes," Except For Monday," "Something in Red," "Watch Me," and "What Part of No." Tickets start at $45 and are on sale now at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 and online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

New Philadelphia Senior Class announces Spaghetti Dinner

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Senior Class at New Philadelphia High School will be sponsoring the Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, October 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The cost for dinners is $6 for a large and $4 for a small. The Community Pep Rally will follow the dinner. 

Library system offering genealogy programs

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Individuals interested in learning what it takes to be a part of the Daughters of the American Revolution, First Families of Ohio, and other lineage societies are invited to take part in a special program at the Tuscarawas County Public Library System's Main Library on Monday, October 22nd. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Board Certified Genealogist Cheryl Abernathy will cover the basics of preparing a lineage society application as well as the importance of following the guidelines to provide valid proof of your direct connection to an ancestor. Seating for the program is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, visit the online registration calendar at or call the Main Library at 330-364-4474 ext. 101.

New Philadelphia resurfacing project delayed

New Philadelphia, Ohio -  The next phase of a resurfacing project expected to begin this week in downtown New Philadelphia has been postponed until further notice. City Service Director Ron McAbier says crews were due to begin on the “mill and fill” portion of the state Route 416 resurfacing project on Sunday evening, but due to weather conditions, the work has been postponed for at least two weeks. “Right now, we actually are in limbo on the whole project. I talked with ODOT today, and I’m not sure where we’re at with it until we see if this weather breaks,” he says. McAbier says there’s still a possibility that the project could begin in November, although he has a feeling that the work may have to be postponed until the spring.

Cause of fire at vacant Uhrichsvile house ruled undetermined  

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Uhrichsville Fire Department received a call about smoke coming from the upstairs windows of a vacant two-story home in the 400 Block of West Fourth Street. Firefighters from the Dennison, Uhrichsville, and New Philadelphia Fire Department responded to the scene and located a small fire in one of the second-story bedrooms. Uhrichsville Fire Chief Justin Edwards says it took about 15 minutes to knock out the fire, which caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the structure and $1,000 in damage to its contents. The property is owned by Tax Ease Funding REO, LLC, of Dallas, Texas, and was listed for sale with McInturf Realty. Investigators were called to the scene and could not determine the cause of the fire or rule out electrical equipment in the room. 

Tusky Valley accepts resignation of head football coach

Mineral City, Ohio - During a special meeting on October 12, the Tuscarawas Valley Board of Education approved a resignation agreement with former head football George Zagales. Zagales, who also served as the strength and conditioning coach and dean of students at the Tusky Valley middle and high schools, was relieved of his duties with pay on September 4 pending the outcome of an internal investigation into allegations that he verbally addressed student-athletes in an “inappropriate and unprofessional manner” after a game at Fairless High School. Under the terms of the agreement, the board agreed to accept Zagales’ resignation from his supplemental coaching positions effective October 8 and from his teaching/Dean of Students position effective May 19, 2019. Zagales will be paid for his supplemental duties through October 8 and will continue to receive pay through December 18 for his teaching/Dean of Students duties due to accumulated sick leave and personal leave. Beginning on December 19, he will be on an approved unpaid leave of absence for the remainder of his contract.

Ceremony planned to mark completion of upgrades at Sandyville treatment plant

Mineral City, Ohio - Upgrades to the Sandyville/East Sparta Wastewater Treatment Plant are nearly complete, and the Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District will be marking the occasion with public ceremony later this week. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, beginning at 1 p.m. at the treatment plant at 4489 Dover-Zoar Road NE in Mineral City. During the event, the community will have an opportunity to learn about the nearly $2.8 million infrastructure improvement project that was completed in partnership with the Stark County Commissioners and the Stark County Sanitary Engineers Department.

Two facing charges after fleeing from police

Midvale, Ohio - Two men are facing charges after fleeing from a Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s deputy Sunday afternoon, causing an area-wide manhunt in Midvale and Barnhill. The incident began just after noon on October 14 when dispatch received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of West State Street in Midvale with two men inside acting strangely. A deputy was dispatched to the area, located the vehicle, and witnessed two male suspects fleeing from the scene. The department began a search of the area with assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Midvale and Uhrichsville police departments. The search included officers on foot and in cars and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Unmanned Aircraft and K-9 units...

Festival to celebrate fall in the Twin Cities

Uhrichsville, Ohio -  The Twin Cities of Dennison and Uhrichsville will be celebrating the arrival of autumn with a day of crafts, contests, and activities. The 7th-annual Twin City Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along East Third Street in Downtown Uhrichsville with more than 60 crafters and vendors in attendance. Activities planned for the day include a Chili Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off, Jam and Jelly Contest, and Kids Cookie Contest, with cash prizes and trophies awarded to the winners of each competition. Free face-painting will be offered throughout the day, and attending children will also receive a free pumpkin to decorate and take home. In addition to the contests and activities, the event will also feature live musical entertainment, food trucks and plenty of opportunities for visitors to support a worthy local cause.  

Tuscarawas Arts Partnership to host 3rd-annual Arty Party

Dover, Ohio - For its third year, the Tuscarawas Arts Partnership (TAP) will host its annual Arty Party to support the vision of promoting a visible, sustainable, local arts culture through advocacy, education, and funding. The Arty Party gathers the community together to benefit Tuscarawas County arts and culture, and provide an opportunity for artists, art collectors, and arts supporters to celebrate the arts, purchase local art, and support the advancement of the arts. This year's party will be held on Wednesday, October 17, from 6 to 9 Fine Arts Skin and Laser. Tickets are $50 per person and include all food and beverages. Payment will be collected upon entry. Proceeds will be used to support local projects, programs and education in the arts within Tuscarawas County.

District outlines facilities plan during public hearing

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Tusky Valley district officials are offering additional information about a plan to fund future facility improvements with the tax revenue generated by the Rover Pipeline. During a public hearing on October 8 at Tusky Valley High School, Superintendent Mark Murphy shared the district’s plans to capitalize on the approximately $950,000 per year in additional utility tax revenue expected to be generated by the pipeline. Murphy said the money will be used to move forward with a comprehensive facilities improvement plan that includes the construction of a new facility at the district’s campus on Tusky Valley Road to house grades 7-12 and the renovation of the existing middle school to house grades Pre-K-6. Additional aspects of the plan include the relocation of the bus garage to the area of existing student parking lot, improvements to the district’s stadium and athletic facilities, and the transformation of the existing high school into a community center and central offices. Murphy said the project will be completed in phases, beginning with the new 7-12 building, and can be accomplished at no cost to the taxpayer because of the additional tax revenue expected to be generated from the pipeline.

Dedication planned for veterans memorial

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A place to reflect on the contributions of military veterans and pay tribute to lost loved ones is ready to be unveiled to the community. A dedication ceremony for Community Hospice’s new Veterans Memorial is set for this Sunday, October 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. behind the Truman House in New Philadelphia. Designed by local landscape architect and Pace Landscaping owner Mike Pace and funded through generous donations from the local community, the outdoor memorial features a 25-foot flagpole, embedded seating where visitors can sit and reflect, and a series of granite monoliths honoring each branch of service, prisoners of war (POWs), those missing in action (MIAs), and service families. The memorial will be open year-round and available to the community. 

Library system to host indoor trick-or-treat event

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Families are invited to venture on the Pumpkin Trail during the Tuscarawas County Public Library’s annual indoor trick-or-treat event at its Main Library. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, and those interested in attending may register for one of three time slots - 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. This year’s theme is "It’s Alive: Books Brought to Life" and will feature stops with characters and themes from children’s books. Participants will visit each stop and receive candy or a prize at each.  The free event will be held rain or shine. To register for one of the timeslots, visit the library’s online registration calendar at, or call 330-364-4474 ext. 102.

Federal law changes can help you protect your identity – for free!

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says recent federal law changes will help consumers prevent identity theft before it happens. As of September 21, initial fraud alerts now last for one year, and security freezes are free and available to adults and children. Initial fraud alerts previously stayed on a credit report for 90 days, but as of September 21, that time has been increased to one year. Initial fraud alerts can be placed by contacting any one of the main credit reporting agencies (CRAs) – Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion; that company will then share the information with the other two CRAs. The changes also eliminate fees associated with security freezes. A security freeze restricts access to a credit report, which will result in most creditors refusing to grant new lines of credit unless the freeze is temporarily lifted or removed. If you believe you have been the victim of identity theft, contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at  or 800-282-0515.

Event to showcase volunteer opportunities in Tuscarawas County

New Philadelphia, Ohio - An event set for tomorrow in New Philadelphia will connect residents with opportunities to put their time and talents to use for a worthy cause. The 2018 Volunteer Connect Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, from 4-6 pm at J.I.M.'s Place in New Philadelphia and will offer adults, students, and groups interested in volunteering an opportunity to find out more about area not-for-profit organizations and their need for volunteers. Vicki Yates is the program coordinator for the Tuscarawas County Senior Center and a member of Volunteer Leaders in Action, the group organizing the free event. She says this year's fair is expected to showcase more than 20 local non-profits representing diverse community impact areas including social services, historic landmarks, nature/ecology and the arts. Fair participants include Alzheimer’s Association of Greater East Ohio Chapter, American Red Cross Stark & Muskingum Lakes Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Compass Rape Crisis Center, Community Hospice, HARCATUS, Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County, Mobile Meals of Dover-New Philadelphia, Salvation Army, Starlight Enterprises Incorporated, and the Tuscarawas County Senior Center. 

COMING IN 2019: Changes in store for New Philadelphia intersection

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City officials are moving forward with plans to upgrade the intersection of Bluebell Drive and West High Avenue with crosswalks and new pedestrian-friendly traffic signals. During their October 8 meeting, members of the New Philadelphia City Council approved the last resolution needed for the Ohio Department of Transportation to accept bids for the project, which is expected to begin next year and will be completed at no cost to the city. New Philadelphia Service Director Ron McAbier says the final plans submitted to ODOT mirror those that were presented to council last year as far as crosswalks, signalization and lane changes but do not include any sidewalks, which were omitted from the plans after the project was turned down for federal grant funding.

Absentee voting begins today in Tuscarawas County

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Tuscarawas County voters don't need to wait until November 6 to cast their ballot in the upcoming election. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sarah Kneuss says ballots will be mailed out today for those who requested a mail-in absentee ballot. Completed ballots should be me mailed to Tuscarawas County Board of Elections, PO Box 69, New Philadelphia, OH 44663. In addition to the mail-in option, Kneuss says voters can also cast an absentee ballot in person at the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections office during business hours through November 6. The office is located at 125 E. High Ave. in downtown New Philadelphia, and voters should follow the signs to enter through the doors facing North Broadway.

Dover Public Library to host program on Dorothy Fuldheim

Dover, Ohio - The Dover Public Library will host a program on iconic Cleveland journalist, author and lecturer Dorothy Fuldheim on Thursday, October 18, at 6:30 PM. Sponsored by the College Club of Tuscarawas County, this free community program will be presented by Carol Starre-Kmiecik, who will do a first-person portrayal of Fuldheim. Dorothy Fuldheim is recognized as a pioneer in broadcast journalism, most notably as the first female television news anchor and for having one of the longest running careers in television news while at one station, Cleveland's WEWS. She stayed with WEWS until the age of 92. All are welcome to attend the free program, and refreshments will be provided. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School. For more information or to register, call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123.

Dover schools outlines cost-saving measures to be implemented should levy fail

Dover, Ohio - Dover school officials say changes and reductions will be necessary to maintain a balanced budget should voters fail to approve the district's 8.9-mill emergency operating levy during the November 6 General Election. During their October 8 meeting, members of the Dover Board of Education discussed the potential impact of the levy’s failure and reviewed a plan detailing how the district would offset losses in funding, both from the state and as a result of the phasing out of the Tangible Personal Property Tax. Changes due to be implemented during the 2019-2020 school year in the event that the levy fails include: the reconfiguration of the elementary buildings to PreK-1st Grade, Grades 2-3, and Grades 4-5 (Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 would be maintained in their current buildings.); raising elementary class sizes to 25-30 per class; eliminating 7 to 10 teaching positions; implementing pay-to-participate fees for sports and activities; and eliminating Senior Citizen passes to school activities.

Registration deadline today for Nov. 6 election

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Unregistered voters wishing cast a ballot in the November 6 election have until 9 p.m. this evening to register. The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections will remain open until the 9 p.m. deadline to accept last-minute registrations. Forms can also be picked up and returned to any area public library, high school or BMV office during regular business hours. Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Deputy Director Sarah Kneuss says registrants do not need to bring anything with them when they show up to register but should be sure to know their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. Those with a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card can also register online at Today is also the deadline to notify the board of elections of name or address changes. Information can be updated in person at the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections or online at 

Claymont staff members relieved of duties pending outcome of internal investigation

Dennison, Ohio - Five Claymont employees have been relieved of their duties with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation into conduct in violation of a district policy. According to an emailed statement from the district’s Board of Education dated October 6, the ongoing investigation stems from complaints brought before the board regarding teachers allegedly engaging in a pattern of exchanging inappropriate text messages during the school day. The staff members were relieved of their duties on October 4. On the following afternoon, the board met in executive session to discuss the allegations against the teachers and the investigation. In the statement, the board stated that the investigation will take some time and must be conducted “in a manner that preserves the rights of all involved parties,” therefore, they could not comment further on the matter at this time.

Attorney General DeWine warns of tech support scams

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of tech support scams, which have been reported by dozens of Ohioans in recent weeks. Tech support scams (also known as computer repair scams) often begin when consumers receive a phone call or warning message claiming there's a problem with their computer. They are asked to follow a series of instructions, and ultimately, they're told to provide payment, access to their device, or personal information so the operator can address the supposed problem. Consumers who follow the instructions risk losing money and compromising their personal information. The Ohio Attorney General's Help Center logged more than 60 reports of the scam in September. While most consumers haven't reported losing any money, some said they lost thousands of dollars.

Pipeline revenue to fund facility improvements at Tusky Valley

Zoarville, Ohio - The utility tax revenue generated by the Rover Pipeline will help shape the future for the Tuscarawas Valley Local School District. Treasurer Mark Phillips says a tax valuation was recently assigned for the now active pipeline, which is expected to generate approximately $950,000 a year in new utility tax revenue for the district. He says the money the will be allocated into a permanent improvement fund and used to help pay for a comprehensive facilities improvement project.

ODOT announces restriction on Route 800

Beginning on Monday, October 8, traffic will be restricted in both directions on Route 800 between Dover Dam and Route 416 (7 Mile Drive) for a slide repair project being handled by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The project is expected to be completed by October 31, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained at all times during the project via temporary traffic signals. 

New Philadelphia announces signups for gas aggregation program

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A agreement between the City of New Philadelphia and Constellation will allow residents and business owners to purchase natural gas for a consistent and competitive rate.The city recently renewed its agreement with the company, a business unit of energy provider Exelon, following a competitive bidding process under the state’s natural gas governmental aggregation program. The rate under the new agreement is $3.13/Mcf for a three-year term that begins this November and runs through October 2021. Residents and small businesses are eligible to participate in the program. Existing members will automatically receive the new pricing, and those not already enrolled in the program have until October 21 to opt in by calling 1-844-809-6835. Potential customers will receive a notification letter in November outlining the program rate and the terms and conditions of the agreement.  

Dover Light and Power to host open house Oct. 7

Dover, Ohio - Dover Light and Power will be kicking off Public Power Week (Oct. 7-13) with an open house at the Dover Light and Power Plant on Sunday, October 7. From 1 to 4 p.m., the community will have an opportunity to tour the plant and learn about how electricy is generated. Representatives from Babcock & Wilcox will also be on hand to offer expert demonstrations and a video representation of the steam generation equipment owned and used by Dover Light and Power.  

Area fire departments to host Fire Prevention Week events

Tuscarawas County, Ohio -  Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13, and area fire departments will be marking this year’s nationwide observance with special activities and safety demonstrations throughout the week. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health observance in the U.S., established in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. The week-long observance commemorates the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871. The blaze destroyed an estimated 17,400 structures, killed more than 250 people and left approximately 100,000 residents homeless.

Art on the Alley returning for fall showcase

New Philadelphia, Ohio - An event this weekend in downtown New Philadelphia will showcase the musical, performing and visual art talent that abounds in Tuscarawas County. The second Art on the Alley event will take place this Sunday, October 7, from noon to 5 p.m. along First Drive and Ashwood Lane NW in downtown New Philadelphia. The free community event will feature family-friendly activities and games, live music, food trucks, and a makers market that includes at least 30 local vendors along with several area nonprofits. Fall-themed children’s activities will also be offered throughout the day and include pumpkin painting, train rides, and a kids costume contest.

Colonial Homestead Artisan's Guild Antique Appraisal - Holmes County Antique Festival

The Colonial Homestead Artisan's Guild will be holding an antique appraisal at their Millersburg location on Saturday Oct 6th. Live music, and food will be available

Sugarcreek Police officer accused of stealing drugs

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A Sugarcreek Police officer has been charged with felony drug theft after being captured on surveillance video entering a secured area from which inventory was later determined to be missing. Officer David M. Strubel appeared in New Philadelphia Municipal Court Thursday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case was bound over to the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court for presentation to a Grand Jury. According to a press release from Sugarcreek Police Chief Kevin Kaser, footage of Strubel entering a locked area that he did not have authorization to access was discovered by the department on September 27 at approximately 11 p.m. A subsequent inventory of the area was conducted and revealed theft in office. On September 28, Strubel was suspended from the department indefinitely without pay.

Viral sensation Backtrack to perform and work with area students

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Performing Arts Center continues its tradition of connecting local students with internationally recognized artists when viral a cappella sensation Backtrack visits the area October 18 – 20. Backtrack will visit students at Newcomerstown Middle School and West Elementary, as well as students at New Philadelphia Middle School and South Elementary for in-school assemblies. In addition to school visits, a workshop for choir students on Saturday afternoon will give students the opportunity to learn from Backtrack. Students will then perform alongside Backtrack for the evening performance at the Performing Arts Center. Participating high schools include Dover, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, New Philadelphia, and Tusky Valley, as well as the Kent State Tuscarawas choir.

Accident fatal for Coshocton woman

Coshocton, Ohio - The Coshocton County Sherrif's Office is investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of 71-year-old Coshocton woman Wednesday evening. On October 3rd just after 7 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call in reference to an accident in the 1600 block of Adams St. Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and transported Mary McCloy to Coshocton County Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased. According to Coshocton County Sheriff Timothy Rogers, the initial investigation shows that McCloy may have experienced a medical condition prior to the accident in which she struck a parked vehicle. He says the accident remains under investigation.

MWCD announces winter drawdown schedule, reservoir projects

New Philadelphia, Ohio - As part of the flood risk management operation of the reservoirs and dams in the Muskingum River Watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducts annual temporary drawdown of the normal pool elevation of the lake levels. The drawdown allows for additional flood storage capacity needed during the winter thaw and spring rains. Drawdown will begin in early November and the return to normal pool elevation will initiate in February. Normal pool elevations will be obtained in time for the summer recreation season.

Atwood fall festival kicks off Friday at new location

Mineral City, Ohio - A beloved three-day celebration of all things autumn kicks off this Friday at Atwood Lake Park and features a major change that organizers say vendors and attendees are sure to appreciate. The 36th annual Atwood Area Fall Festival is set for October 5-7 and will be held for the first time at the new Area H camping area on the western side of the park. The three-day festival opens at its new venue this Friday morning at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Sunday with activities, demonstrations and live musical entertainment offered daily throughout the weekend. Daily activities include weapons and combat demonstrations, an encampment and mountain men demonstrations outside of the festival grounds, an antique engine show, and a craft show featuring more than 140 vendors. There will also be entertainment options for children including inflatables, a craft tent, a petting zoo and a kids tractor pull on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, free for children under 12, and $2 on Friday for seniors ages 55 and older. For a complete schedule of events or directions to the park, visit 

Dover Public Library to Host Baby & Me Parent & Caregiver Series

Dover, Ohio - The Dover Public Library will host a parent and caregiver series called Baby & Me beginning October 15. This series of practical workshops will teach parents and caregivers how to make informed decisions regarding the health and development of their baby. Sponsors are the Tuscarawas County Health Department WIC Program, La Leche League of Tuscarawas County and the Tuscarawas County Breastfeeding Coalition. Program descriptions and dates are as follows: October 15: Breastfeeding 101; October 15: Breastfeeding 101; October 22: Nursing in Public; October 29: Bringing Baby Home; November 5: Make Your Own Baby Food; November 12: Babywearing & Cloth Diapering; November 19: Nursing for Working Moms; November 26: Breastfeeding and the Law. For more information or to register for these free community programs, call the library at 330-343-6123.

Dover's Logan Kazelman recognized as Champion of Change

New Philadelphia, Ohio – A Tuscarawas County high school student was honored in Columbus by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO). Logan Kazelman, a junior at Dover High School, was the recipient of an ADAPAO Youth Community Champion Award, designed to recognize Ohio young people for their commitment to preventing substance use and other behavioral health issues.

Area trick or treat dates and Halloween events

TRICK OR TREAT Thursday, October 25: New Towne Mall - 5 to 8 p.m., West Lafayette - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 26, Newcomerstown (business) - 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 27: Dover - 6 to 8 p.m., Roswell Park - 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Sugarcreek - 2 to 4 p.m.; Newcomerstown (community) - 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 30: Beach City - 6 to 7:30 p.m.; New Philadelphia - 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31: Baltic - 5 to 7 p.m., Bolivar - 5:30 to 7 p.m., Coshocton - 5 to 6:30 p.m., Dennison - 6 to 7:30 p.m., Gnadenhutten - 5:30 to 7 p.m., Midvale - 6 to 8 p.m., Port Washington - 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Sherrodsville - 5:30 to 7 p.m., Strasburg - 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuscarawas - 5:30 to 7 p.m., Uhrichsville -  6 to 7:30 p.m.

Resignation of Strasburg police chief prompted by substance abuse allegations

Strasburg, Ohio - Public records are shedding light on the recent resignation of Strasburg Police Chief Robert Kutcher. According to records contained in Kutcher’s personnel file, the resignation comes following an internal investigation into suspected substance abuse and other alleged questionable conduct by the former police chief. The village’s concerns about Kutcher and his conduct stem from a July 31 phone call regarding rumors of suspected huffing by the former police chief. The call and further actions by the village were documented in a file entry written by Strasburg Mayor John Bitikofer.

Tuscarawas Avenue closure extended through Friday

Dover, Ohio - A section of Tuscarawas Avenue that has been closed to traffic since last Tuesday won’t reopen until the end of this week, according to Dover city officials. Safety Director Gerry Mroczkowski says the two-block closure between West Fourth and West Sixth streets is for utility extensions to the new Dover High School. He says the project was initially expected to take about two days, however, the timeline had to be extended due to the complexity of the infrastructure in that area. Mroczkowski anticipates the work should be completed by the end of the business day on Friday, with the road expected to reopen in time for the weekend. 

Trinity Hospital Twin City to host blessing ceremony for pets

Dennison, Ohio -Trinity Hospital Twin City invites the public to bring their pets to a special blessing ceremony on Thursday, October 4. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Father Thomas Gardner from the Immaculate Conception Church of Dennison will be blessing pets near the statue of St. Francis, located outside the hospital’s main entrance at 819 N. First Street. The ceremony will be held rain or shine and is part of the Catholic not-for-profit hospital’s celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, celebrated each on October 4 by the Roman Catholic Church.

Indian Valley sets informational meetings on proposed stadium

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Members of the Indian Valley school community will have several more opportunities to learn about an upcoming bond issue and the district’s plans for the construction of a new football stadium. During the month of October, the district will be hosting three community meetings to provide information about the 2-mill, 28-year bond issue bond issue that will appear on the November 6th ballot. The district is seeking a $7 million bond for the construction of a new athletic stadium on approximately 19 acres of land directly behind Indian Valley High School. The meetings are scheduled for Monday, October 8, at Indian Valley Middle School; Wednesday, October 17, at Port Washington Elementary; and Tuesday, October 23, at Midvale Elementary. All three meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Four facing charges following shots fired complaint

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Four individuals are facing charges following a complaint of shots fired in Uhrichsville neighborhood Sunday evening. On September 30 just after 7 p.m., officers from the Uhrichsville Police Department were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of North Uhrich Street in response to a call about shots fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers encountered numerous subjects fleeing the residence. They were able to quickly take into custody 38-year-old Michael Daniels of Senecaville and 47-year-old Steve Scott of Uhrichsville, who were both wanted on outstanding warrants. While on the scene, officers learned that a third male inside the residence had fired a handgun towards Daniels during an argument. Officers ultimately located 45-year-old Dale Carothers III of Uhrichsville, who admitted to firing the gun. He was taken into custody without incident. A female subject, 28-year-old Amanda Patterson of Uhrichsville, was placed under arrest for obstructing, and possession of drug abuse instruments. All three men are facing charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, and Carothers is also being charged with discharging a firearm within city limits and aggravated menacing. Further felony charges are pending against Carothers and another female who lives at the residence.

Surgical oncologists to be featured during Paint Tusc Pink kickoff

Dover, Ohio - Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital will kick off Tuscarawas County's annual Paint Tusc Pink community breast cancer awareness program this Wednesday with a free informational event for area women. A Ladies Night Out program will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the conference rooms near the cafeteria on the ground floor of Union Hospital. The event will feature keynote presentations from Cleveland Clinic Akron General breast surgical oncologists Mary K. Murray, M.D., and Michelle L. Bryan, M.D., beginning at 6 p.m. Numerous educational and informational exhibits will also be available during the free program. Light refreshments will be served, and all attendees will receive a goody bag with numerous health-related items. The event is limited to 100 attendees and registration is required and can be made online under the “Health Events” section of the hospital website at, or by calling the hospital’s Community Relations Department at 330-308-3599.

Third bat with rabies found in New Phila

On Friday, the city Health Department announced that a bat collected in the southwest part of the city was positive for rabies. Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the bat was found alive on the floor in the upstairs hallway of a residence. He says the individuals involved are in the process of consulting with medical staff to determine whether post-exposure treatment will be required. The bat is the second to test positive for the virus in the neighborhood and represents the third case of bat rabies detected in the city in a month’s time. 

Memorial dinner to raise funds for substance abuse education, recovery services

New Philadelphia, Ohio - An event later this month will raise funds and awareness for local recovery programs and substance abuse services while honoring the memory of a young man whose life ended too soon. The third-annual Joe Otte Memorial Fund Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 11, at Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort in New Philadelphia. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and a silent auction featuring an assortment of local gift cards, a 4-pack of tickets to an Ohio State Buckeyes game, and many more great items. Beginning at 6, local speakers will take the stage to share a message of hope along with information and insights about addiction and the recovery services available in Tuscarawas County.  

Kent Tusc to host second-annual Latino Festival

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Kent State University at Tuscarawas is teaming up with Latino Cultural Connections and the Committee for the Celebration of Hispanic Heritage to present the second-annual Latino Festival this Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Founders Hall at Kent State Tuscarawas. The free, family-friendly event will celebrate the art, games, food and culture of Guatemala and other Latino nations. This family-friendly event is free for all.

Life-size dinosaur to visit Tuscarawas County

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library will be roaring with excitement on Saturday, October 13, at 1 p.m. when The Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Pittsburgh presents a program featuring a life-size spinosaurus at Jim's Place in New Philadelphia. A museum expert will guide attendees on a journey back to the Age of Dinosaurs. Those in attendance will also have an opportunity to dig for fossils and discuss dinosaur habitats and adaptations. Seating for the program is limited, and registration is required. To register or for more information, visit the online registration calendar at or call the Main Library at 330-364-4474 ext. 102. 

Tuscarawas County to turn pink for breast cancer awareness

Dover, Ohio - It’s time again to turn Tuscarawas County a strong shade of pink for breast cancer awareness. Area businesses, schools and offices are invited to cover themselves in pink paint, posters and displays throughout the month of October for the annual “Paint Tusc Pink” campaign. Paint Tusc Pink is a free community program to generate attention for breast cancer awareness and the importance of mammogram screenings. Union Hospital and Trinity Hospital Twin City serve as contact points for the popular Paint Tusc Pink yard signs. The signs are free and can be used alone or as part of displays. 

Student-led breakfast benefit to support school impacted by Hurricane Florence 

Newcomerstown, Ohio - Newcomerstown High School students are pitching in to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence and are reaching out to the local community to support their efforts. On Saturday, September 29, the school’s Teen Leadership Corps will be hosting a community benefit breakfast in Newcomerstown High School cafeteria from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The meal will include pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee, all served up by members of the school’s student leadership group by donation. The cost is a $5 cash donation or school supplies, and proceeds will be donated to a high school in Wilmington, North Carolina.

ODNR enacts new carcass rules, disease surveillance program ahead of statewide deer hunting seasons

Columbus, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reaching out to area hunters to help it monitor local deer populations and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. The most recent cases of the disease were confirmed earlier this year in a captive breeding facility in Holmes County. In response, ODNR has created a disease surveillance area, or DSA, within a six-mile radius of the breeding facility and implemented new carcass rules for hunters who hunt wild deer, elk, caribou and moose in other states.

Plans for field house at Newcomerstown stadium move forward

Newcomerstown, Ohio - The Newcomerstown school district’s vision of an all-sport indoor athletic facility is one step closer to becoming a reality. On Wednesday, the district’s board of education authorized administration to open bids for the construction of a 12,000-square-foot multi-purpose field house on district-owned property between Newcomerstown High School and Lee Stadium. Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Brian Collins says the proposed field house will serve as a centralized indoor training facility for student-athletes and will feature a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium designed to accommodate multiple sports. Funding for the $2 million project will come from the Vernon and Edith Lee Trust Fund, designated specifically for athletic facilities in the Newcomerstown school district. Collins says the district hopes to break ground on the facility next spring and have the project completed by late fall. 

New Phila to consider fines for false alarm calls

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City officials continue to discuss the possibility of fining residents and businesses for repeated false alarms. New Philadelphia Fire Chief Jim Parrish and Police Chief Michael Goodwin were on hand during a recent meeting of council’s Special/Contact Committee to discuss the need for legislation to address the hundreds of false alarm calls received by the two departments each year. The two chiefs are recommending a plan that will fine businesses and homeowners $500 per call after their second false alarm call. 

Route 93 to close Sunday, September 30

Sugarcreek, Ohio - Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation say a planned two-week closure of a portion of state Route 93 north of Sugarcreek will now begin on Sunday, September 30, starting at 7 a.m. The Ohio Department of Transportation had planned to close the route between Gerber Valley and Barrs Mill roads beginning on Monday, September 24, for a culvert replacement. However, because of the rainy weather, the project was postponed. Once the project begins, traffic will be detoured along state routes 516 and 39.

Library system to host fall cooking programs

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will be partnering with Chris Kendle from the OSU Extension office this fall for a series of programs designed to warm up your belly and your kitchen. Upcoming programs from Kendle include: Great Ways to Go Gluten-Free Series: October 1st, 15th, and 29th at 6 p.m. at the Main Library; Instant Pot Cooking: October 9th at 6 p.m. at the Strasburg Branch; How to: Air Fryer Basics: October 30th at 6 p.m. at the Tuscarawas Branch; Healthy Holiday Appetizers: November 27th at 5 p.m. at the Bolivar Branch; Christmas Morning Muffins: November 29th at 5 p.m. at the Bolivar Branch AND December 4th at 6 p.m. at the Sugarcreek Branch. For more information or to register, visit the library system's online calendar at or call your nearest TCPL location.

Buckeye Career Center names September Students of the Month

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Buckeye Career Center has announced September's Students of the Month. Two high school students were chosen for the honor for demonstrating responsibility/accountability, this month’s core value. An adult education student was also named for the honor. September’s female Student of the Month is McKenzie Dunfee. McKenzie is a Culinary Arts senior and the daughter of Brennen and Melissa Dunfee. Charlie is a double lab senior in Electrical Systems Technology and HVAC-R and the son of Dan Swartzentruber and Sharlee Swartzentruber of New Philadelphia. September’s Adult Student of the Month is Olivia Tope of New Philadelphia. Olivia is in the evening Medical Assisting class and works at Buckeye Beverage.

Communities partner to share message of hope

New Philadelphia, Ohio – The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is partnering with more than 70 local churches to bring hope to communities impacted by drug addiction. On Sunday, September 30, churches of all denominations will come together to recognize Hope Sunday in conjunction with National Recovery Month. As part of the countywide event, the Rove Creative Co. team, an extension of The Ezekiel Project in New Philadelphia, will provide a short film featuring the testimony of a local individual who overcame addiction through the support of his church family and the discovery of Christ. Participating churches will receive a copy of the five-minute video and are asked to share it with their congregations. Churches interested in participating are encouraged to contact Jodi Salvo at 330-440-7319 to receive more information and materials.

Meet the Candidates event set for October 4

Dover, Ohio - With the November election less than two months away, the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce is moving forward with plans for a “Meet the Candidates” event. The program is scheduled for next Thursday, October 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Tuscarawas County Senior Center in Dover. All area candidates running for federal, state and county offices have been invited to attend the informational gathering to talk with local residents and discuss the issues. The event is free and open to the public.

Route 416 paving to begin next week

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The next phase of the state Route 416 paving project is expected to begin next week, according to New Philadelphia City officials. Mayor Joel Day says the grinding and resurfacing portion of the project will begin on Monday, October 1, weather permitting. The project will begin near the City Garage on Commercial Ave. SE and proceed through South and North Broadway to the northern city limit. No complete road closures are planned during the project, and Day says the construction will occur between the hours and 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize traffic disruptions.

Festival to celebrate village’s Swiss heritage

Sugarcreek, Ohio - A beloved celebration of the area’s Swiss heritage and culture is returning this week to Downtown Sugarcreek. The 66th-annual Ohio Swiss Festival begins this Wednesday, September 26, and runs through Saturday, September 29, with plenty of food, entertainment and uniquely-Swiss fun planned for this year’s celebration. The festival begins on Wednesday at 6 p.m. with the Little Swiss Miss Contest and ceremonial crowning of this year’s winner and resumes Thursday evening with a big wheel race for area children in grades K-1 and a cheese-eating challenge that’s not for the faint of heart or the lactose intolerant.  Events celebrating the area’s time-honored cheese-making traditions begin Thursday at 7 p.m. in the pavilion with the announcement of this year’s Grand Champion Cheese Maker and People’s Choice winner followed by a public Swiss cheese auction.

United Way of Tuscarawas County kicks off 76th annual campaign

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Chris and Emily Lane of Dover have been tapped to chair the United Way of Tuscarawas County's 2018 campaign. Each fall, the United Way of Tuscarawas County takes on an ambitious fundraising campaign to funds to support local programs focusing on three core areas - health and wellness, strengthening families and children, and emergency preparedness and needs - and recruits community business leaders to assist in the effort through employee fundraising campaigns. This year's campaign kicks off this month and will support 20 local health and human service programs.

Library programs to explore urban legends

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - For years, urban legends have been passed on by word of mouth. This fall, the conversation will continue when the Tuscarawas County Public Library system hosts a program on myths and mysteries of Ohio and two programs about Bigfoot. "Customers are sure to find these programs intriguing as speakers share their research, stories, and thoughts on both subjects," says Adult & Teen Services Manager Robyn Guedel. "We encourage customers to register to attend these programs where they can decide if the urban legends are true or not."

Dennison approves demolitions

Dennison, Ohio - Village residents will see two more rundown homes torn down this fall. Last week, Dennison Village Council approved the demolition of two former residences. One is at 701 Center St., and the other is at 217 N. Second St. Dennison’s Zoning and Code Administrator, Dan Shaver, says both properties have been abandoned and have fallen into disrepair.  The total cost for the two demolitions is just over $21,000 and includes $7,182 to tear down the house on Center Street and $13,902 to demolish the house and garage on North Second. Shaver says both demolitions will be paid for upfront by the village, and the cost will be assessed on the owners’ property taxes.

New Philadelphia schools hosting community forums

New Philadelphia, Ohio - As part of its long-standing commitment to engaging in open and meaningful dialogue with parents and members of the community, the New Philadelphia school district will be hosting two different public forums throughout the school year. Coffee Chats are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month and will offer community members an opportunity to discuss the district and its future with Superintendent David Brand. The next Coffee Chat will be this Tuesday, September 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. In addition to the Coffee Chats, the district will also be hosting a Town Hall meeting each month at one of the district’s school buildings, giving parents and community members even more opportunities to learn about the district and have their voices heard.

Route 93 construction delayed

Sugarcreek, Ohio - A planned two-week closure of a portion of state Route 93 north of Sugarcreek has been delayed until further notice. The Ohio Department of Transportation had planned to close the route between Gerber Valley and Barrs Mill roads beginning on Monday, September 24, for a culvert replacement. However, because of the rainy weather, the project has been postponed. Once the project begins, traffic will be detoured along state routes 516 and 39. For now, the road remains open.

Chef to Chef: An artist and his craft

At an early age, Eric Zamudio loved fine cuisine and traveling with this parents. As he got older, that love blossomed into a desire to work in fine dining. Self-diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Eric realized that he would need to excel at a career that would give him the ability to multitask and stay busy, so he applied to attend the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. After graduating, Eric traveled to Florida to work at one of Disney World’s fine dining restaurants. There, he was faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge laid down by the executive chef he worked for.

Branch Library to host a program about Ohio Staycations

Tuscarawas, Ohio - The Tuscarawas Branch of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System will welcome Dee Grossman, Executive Director of the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, for a special program on Ohio staycations on Tuesday, September 25. During the program, which begins at 5 p.m., Grossman will talk about ways to save money by vacationing to local attractions. For more information or to register for this free program, visit the library's online event calendar at or call 740-922-2748. The Tuscarawas Branch is located at 209 South Main Street in the Village of Tuscarawas.   

Area attractions offering free admission Saturday during Smithsonian Museum Day

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Seven museums and historical sites in Tuscarawas County will be offering free admission this Saturday during Smithsonian Magazine’s 14th-annual Museum Day Live event. Museum Day Live is a one-day, nationwide event during which participating museums and cultural institutions provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Tickets can be downloaded online at and provide free general admission for two to a participating museum. Local sites that will be participating in this year’s Museum Day include the Dennison Depot Railroad Museum, the Uhrichsville Clay Museum, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, Historic Zoar Village, the Fort Laurens Museum, David Warther Carvings, and the Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum.

Tuscarawas County YMCA helping seniors prevent falls

Dover, Ohio - Saturday, September 22, is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and the Tuscarawas County YMCA is teaming up with the National Council on Aging and the Falls Free Coalition to help community members protect themselves and their loved ones from fall-related injuries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one out of four Americans aged 65 or older will suffer a fall this year, and one in every five falls causes a serious injury, such as a head trauma, or a fracture. A fear of falling may cause some seniors to limit their physical activity, which can lead to reduced mobility and diminished quality of life and can increase their risk of falling. Kathleen Johnson is the fitness, membership and marketing director for the Tuscarawas County YMCA. She says the Y is committed to healthy aging and helping seniors reduce their risk for falls. 

Road work to begin Monday on Route 93

Sugarcreek, Ohio - Motorists who travel along state Route 93 between Sugarcreek and Dundee will have to take a different route starting on Monday. The Ohio Department of Transportation will be closing the road about 3.5 miles north of Sugarcreek between Gerber Valley and Barrs Mill roads beginning on September 24 for a culvert replacement. The project is expected to last about two weeks, and traffic will be detoured along state routes 516 and 39 until the work is completed. ODOT officials say the project should be completed by Friday, October 5, weather permitting.

Two more raccoons test positive for rabies

Area public health officials say two raccoons collected in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties have tested positive for the rabies virus. The first rabies case was announced by the Carroll County Health Department Monday and involved a raccoon that had attacked a pet cat outside of a Sherrodsville residence. The second was announced Friday by the Tuscarawas County Health Department and involved a raccoon that had been struck by a vehicle in Goshen Township near state Route 39 during routine rabies surveillance. The raccoons are the second in both counties to test positive for the virus.

Dover man killed in crash

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Post of the State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal, one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 21-year-old Dover man Thursday evening. According to troopers, Charles R. McCallister of Dover was westbound on Johnstown Road just east of Boy Scout Road when his 2003 Mazda Protege traveled left of center and off the left side of the road, striking a tree and trapping McCallister and his 21-year-old passenger inside the vehicle. McCallister was pronounced dead on the scene by an investigator from the Tuscarawas County Coroner's Office. The passenger was transported by MedFlight to Akron City Hospital. Fairfield Fire & EMS, Mineral City EMS and Smith Ambulance assisted on the scene. Both the driver and passenger are reported to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Twin Cities to celebrate 922 Day

Dennison, Ohio - Residents are invited to celebrate their Twin City roots during a special event this weekend at McCluskey Park. The 10th-annual 922 Day celebration is set for Saturday, September 22, with family-friendly activities planned throughout the day. The festivities begin at 10:50 a.m. with a parade featuring area youth football players and cheerleaders, the Claymont High School Marching Band, and vehicles from the Uhrichsville and Dennison police and fire departments. The parade will line up in front of the Claymont Intermediate School beginning at 10:30 and proceed from there to McCluskey Park. The celebration continues at the stadium with a performance from the Claymont Marching Band followed by an afternoon of carnival-themed games and activities from 11 to 1:30.

Police investigating robbery at Dover business

Dover, Ohio - Dover Police are continuing their investigation of a suspected robbery that occurred over the weekend at a business on South Wooster Avenue. On Saturday morning at 8:38 a.m., dispatch received a call in reference to a suspected robbery at Tienda La Bendicion. Detective Captain Chad Mowrer says the caller was a passerby who witnessed two men walk into the store and rob the store owner of an undisclosed amount of money. 

WEDNESDAY AT THE FAIR: Country music star Rodney Atkins to headline grandstand stage

Dover, Ohio - Fair-goers are in store for a special treat tonight when nationally-known country music recording artist Rodney Atkins performs on the grandstand stage. Atkins’ career in country music spans more than two decades. His four studio LP's have collectively sold over 10 million units and garnered six chart-topping hits including "Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)." The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and is one that fair board President Steve Cronebaugh says area country music fans aren’t going to want to miss. Tickets are $20 for track seats and $10 for grandstand seats. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth while supplies last or in advance by calling 330-343-0524.

Strasburg police chief resigns

Strasburg, Ohio - The search is on for a new head of the Strasburg Police Department following the sudden resignation of Chief Robert Kutcher. On Tuesday evening, village council members voted to accept Kutcher’s resignation from the police department effective immediately. Mayor John Bitikofer said Kutcher submitted a letter of resignation stating that his departure was “for personal reasons” but offering no further explanation. Sgt. Dave Warrick will oversee the police department while the village actively searches for a new chief.

New Philadelphia Health Department announces mosquito spraying

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City health officials are continuing their efforts to reduce the population of the species of mosquito known to carry the West Nile Virus. New Philadelphia Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the health department is planning to spray for mosquitoes on the south side of the city and southern portion of Goshen Township on Wednesday, September 19. Spraying will begin at dusk, weather permitting. Residents with respiratory problems are advised to take appropriate precautions and remain indoors while spraying is conducted. In the event of rain, high winds, or cold temperatures, the spraying will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 20.

New Philadelphia hosting document-shredding event

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City residents will have an opportunity to dispose of unwanted documents and records in a secure manner during a community shredding event this weekend. The city of New Philadelphia is partnering with the document destruction company Go Shred to host a free drive-thru shredding event at Tuscora Park on Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. Residents are encouraged to bring any records they would like to dispose of in a secure manner. This could include legal documents, old tax records, medical records, financial records and canceled checks. Paper clips, staples and rubber bands do not need to be removed in order for documents to be shredded. 

TUESDAY AT THE FAIR: Livestock events, marching band showcase on tap for Day 2

Dover, Ohio - Fair week may have gotten off to a soggy start this year, but there’s sun and plenty of fun in the forecast as the fairgrounds reopens for day two. Junior Fair events for the day begin at 9 a.m. and include a Market Hog Show in the Main Show Arena and a Dressage Show and English Horse & Pony Show in the Horse Arena. Evening livestock events include a Guys & Gals Lead Class at 5 p.m., Junior Fair Market & Dairy Goat Showmanship contest and Market & Dairy Goat Show at 6 and an Open Class Dairy Show at 7. Tuesday evening also marks the return of another fair-week favorite - The WJER Band-O-Rama. For an inside look at this year's fair and interviews with Junior Fair winners, tune in this week to Tusco TV on Spectrum channel 1021 or watch online at 

Fire damages Dennison home, cause remains unknown

Dennison, Ohio - The State Fire Marshal is investigating a blaze that caused an estimated $60,000 in damage to a North Second Street home and its contents. Dennison Fire Chief Dave McConnell says the call came in at 4:21 a.m. after the owners of the home awoke to a noise and discovered that their front porch had caught on fire. The couple and their two dogs had already made it out of the home when area fire departments arrived at the scene. A family cat was still inside and perished in the fire. McConnell says state investigators were called to the scene but have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

Tuscarawas County Sheriff offers fair safety tips for parents

Dover, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department is encouraging parents to follow some simple tips to keep their children safe during fair week. Parents are advised to take a picture of their children before leaving for the fair or upon arriving at the fairground. Sheriff Orvis Campbell says the purpose of the picture is to show exactly the child is wearing and what he or she looked like on the day of the fair. This will help deputies locate children who get separated from their parents. Parents may also want to consider placing a piece of paper in their children’s pockets with a parent’s name and phone number. Parents of children old enough to be on their own at the fair on their own are encouraged to have those children walk around with a buddy and designate a place and time to check in. Campbell says any lost children should be reported right away an officer on duty. The Sheriff's Office has a building located directly behind the grandstand, and deputies will also be out walking around the fairgrounds throughout the week.

Coshocton man killed in single-vehicle crash

Coshocton, Ohio - The Coshocton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Coshocton man early Sunday. Sheriff Timothy Rogers says that at approximately 6:15 a.m., dispatch received a call in reference to a single-vehicle accident in the area of 45093 Township Road 288, west of Conesville. Upon arrival, officers determined that Duane S. Dobson was westbound when his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Dobson sustained serious injuries as a result of the accident and was pronounced dead on the scene by Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn.  

MONDAY AT THE FAIR: Free admission for veterans, motocross and more

Dover, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County fair board is teaming up with Wendy's to offer free fair admission to military veterans. Today only, veterans and active-duty service members who present a valid military id at the gate can attend the fair for the entire day at no cost. Veterans and other attendees will enjoy livestock shows and family-friendly entertainment throughout the entire day. Senior Fair events for Monday include the Open Class Beef Show at 9 a.m. and Draft Horse & Draft Mule Halter Judging Show at 4 p.m. Junior Fair events begin at 9 a.m. and include the Bred & Fed Steer Show; Beef & Kiddie Showmanship contest; Poultry, Kiddie & Old Timer’s Showmanship contest; Broiler Show; and Standard & Fancy Poultry Show. Evening events include the Market Lamb Show; Sheep Breeding Show; and Sheep, Kiddie and Old Timer’s Showmanship contest, all beginning at 6:30. Closing out the evening will be a motocross racing event open to local riders of all ages and skill levels.

Downtown Uhrichsville intersection getting LED stop signs

Uhrichsville, Ohio - City officials are preparing to say goodbye to the orange barrel stop sign at the intersection of Eighth and Water streets and hello to two new LED stop signs. Mayor Rick Dorland says the signs were purchased online following a Safety Committee discussion about ways to get rid of the unsightly orange barrel while maintaining the safety of the intersection. Dorland says the new signs will be highly visible with solar-powered LED flashing lights that blink 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The signs were purchased from Amazon at a cost of just under $1,000 each and are expected to arrive within the next week or so. 

Fair week kicks off Sunday with King and Queen Contest

Dover, Ohio - The crowning of a new Junior Fair King and Queen will kick off the 2018 edition of the Tuscarawas County Fair in royal fashion. The contest begins at 6:30 p.m. in the main show area and will feature seven area young ladies vying for the Queen’s title and one young man who will be crowned king by default.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Students ready to serve at Joe Carlisle Café & Marketplace

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The student-run Joe Carlisle Carlisle Café & Marketplace is back in business at Buckeye Career Center. Last week, students in the career center's Floral, Meat Cutting and Hospitality programs opened the doors to the Marketplace for its second year of business. The Marketplace is open to the public on school days from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., features a floral counter and meat and deli counter, and also offers fresh baked goods and coffee. The Joe Carlisle Café opens on Wednesday, October 10. Days and hours of operation for the year will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 pm. but may vary depending on school events and weather.  

Strasburg seeking grant to convert dilapidated property into community park

Strasburg, Ohio - Village officials are eyeing state grant funding to convert an eyesore in the downtown area into a public green space. Strasburg’s Solicitor, Attorney Richard Fox, says the village is planning to apply for just over $174,000 in funding through the state’s Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Fund to purchase and demolish the vacant building at 116 North Wooster Avenue. Fox says the two-story red brick building has boarded up windows and is located between the Village Garden Bulk Food Store and Strasburg Post Office. He says the building once served as a residence and then several businesses but has remained vacant for the last three to four years. Should the project be approved for funding, Fox says the property must remain a public green space in perpetuity or else the village will be required to pay back the grant money plus interest. 

Community invited to join the fight against Alzheimer's during fundraising event

Dover, Ohio - The 2018 Tuscarawas County Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for this Saturday, September 15. Individuals and teams can register online in advance or in-person on the day of the event. Same-day registration begins Saturday at 8:30 a.m. There is no cost to register, however, individual participants who raise $100 or more will receive a complimentary event t-shirt. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 and will be immediately followed by a non-competitive fundraising walk.

Free Divorce Legal Clinic set for September 19

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Tuscarawas County residents planning to file for divorce may be eligible to free receive assistance during the Divorce Legal Clinic on September 19. The clinic will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia and is open to individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the Poverty Level who are planning to file for their own divorce. During the clinic, qualifying participants will have an opportunity to review forms with an attorney who can also answer any questions about the divorce process. Pre-registration is required by September 18 by calling Southeastern Ohio Legal Services at 330-339-3998 or 1-800-686-3670.

Schoebrunn Village to offer evening Lantern Tours

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The community is invited to explore Historic Schoenbrunn Village by the glow of candlelight during this weekend's Autumn Lantern Tours. Ordinarily closed to the public between Labor Day and Memorial Day, the village will reopen this Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to offer visitors a unique look at 18th-century life after dark. Admission to the village for the Autumn Lantern Tours is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and over, $4 for children ages 6-17, and free for children under 6. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased on site the night of the event. 

Police search but unable to locate trailer court squatter

Philadelphia, Ohio - Police say a man who broke into and may have been squatting in a vacant trailer in the Shel-Mar Estates mobile home park remains at large but is not believed to be a danger to the public. Sgt. Paul Rossi says the man fled from a trailer on Seagull Lane SE Monday morning after being discovered by the park security guard, who had been in the area on routine patrol. Multiple units responded to the scene and searched the mobile home park and surrounding area at length but were unable to locate the suspect. 

Anti-drug coalition warns of e-cigarette that looks like USB stick

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is warning parents and educators about an electronic cigarette that is continuing to grow in popularity among young people. An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is a battery-powered device heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is then inhaled. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among the nation’s middle and high school students. Specifically, JUUL is a brand of E-cigarette that is becoming more appealing to young people. Some suspect this could be due to its USB-like structure, rechargeability, colorful cases and appealing flavors.

Trinity Hospital Twin City to host community health screening

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Trinity Hospital Twin City will offer free and low-cost screenings during a community health screening event on Friday, September 14, at Mako’s Market. Free blood pressure checks will be available during the event, which runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Blood tests to measure total cholesterol and glucose (sugar) levels will also be offered at a cost of $10 per person. This screening also includes measurements of HDL (the good cholesterol), LDL (the bad cholesterol) and triglycerides for no additional charge. For an additional $5, participants can also receive a Hemoglobin A1C screening. The test measures blood sugar levels over three months and can reveal how well a person is managing his/her diabetes. No appointment is necessary to participate in the event, however, participants should note that the blood tests require a 10- to 12-hour fast. Participants are encouraged to continue drinking water while fasting. For more information, call 740-922-7450, ext. 2124.

Kent Tusc to host Campus Reunion to mark 50th anniversary

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Kent State University at Tuscarawas will welcome alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends back to the university for its 50th Anniversary Campus Reunion on Wednesday, September 12. The gathering will take place in the lobby of Founders Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. During the event, guests will enjoy great food, music, fun and campus tours. Musical entertainment will be provided by Martini & Russo, a popular local band. The reunion is hosted by the Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Association. For more information or to join the alumni association, visit To RSVP to the campus reunion, contact Chad Conrad at 330-308-7445 or

Authors Wanda and Jean Brunstetter to visit area libraries

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Fans will have an opportunity to meet author Wanda Brunstetter when she and her daughter-in-law and co-author, Jean Brunstetter, visit two local libraries later this month as part of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System's Visiting Author Series. The duo is slated to appear at two local libraries on Monday, September 25. Their first stop will be at the Sugarcreek Branch for a presentation that begins at 11 a.m. A second program is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Main Library in New Philadelphia. Both programs are free to attend but registration is required. To register, visit the library's online registration calendar at, or call the Main Library at 330-364-4474 ext. 101, or the Sugarcreek Branch at 330-852-2813.

Walk into the Light to raise funds, awareness for suicide prevention

Newcomerstown, Ohio - Suicide prevention advocates in Tuscarawas and Carroll counties are sending the message that there is help and there is hope. The area's fourth annual suicide prevention walk - “Walk into the Light” - will be held at Newcomerstown's Lee Stadium on Sunday, September 23. The event will be held rain or shine and kicks off at 2 p.m. with a welcome by mayors Pat Cadle of Newcomerstown and Joel Day of New Philadelphia. Afterward, Billy Ballenger of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his intern team will present a motivational program called “Breaking the Grey” based on real-life situations faced by today's youth. Ballenger will be followed by this year's local speaker, Dawn Hannahs, who will share a personal message about overcoming challenges. After the speeches, participants will gather on the field for a yoga session. A balloon launch will honor lost loved ones and survivors prior to the start of the walk. Individual and team registrations will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the event. There is no cost to register, however, donations will be accepted. 

Commissioners to consider fee increases for Tuscarawas County Dog Pound

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Tuscarawas County residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on proposed fee increases for the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound. Earlier this year, Tuscarawas County Commissioners asked county Auditor Larry Lindberg to conduct a cost analysis to determine reasonable fees for services provided by the County Dog Pound. For the analysis, Lindberg reviewed the services provided by the department in 2017 and calculated the costs associated with each of those services. According to the final report submitted in August, the county spends $38.57 for each dog seized and delivered to the pound, $18.52 per dog per day for food and housing and $92.60 for each adoption. The fees currently charged by the pound are $28 for each dog seized and delivered to the pound, $6 per dog per day for food and housing and $34 per adoption. The public is invited to learn more about the report and provide feedback on the proposed increases during a public hearing on Monday, September 24, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the William E. Winter’s Board Room on the second floor of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse Annex, located at 125 E. High Ave. in New Philadelphia. 

Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters partnering for after-school program

New Philadelphia, OH - Two local charities are teaming up to present a weekly after-school program for area youth. The Learning Zone is a new program for students in grades K-5 being offered by the Salvation Army of Dover-New Philadelphia in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio. During the program, participating students will have an opportunity to receive homework tutoring, participate in social and emotional enrichment activities, enjoy a healthy snack, and participate in recreational activities. Each child in the program will be paired with a mentor from Big Brothers Big Sisters, and one of the organization’s site coordinators will be present at all times. 

Library system offering 'Adulting 101' life skills classes

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is joining other libraries across the country in offering Adulting 101 workshops for teens and adults this fall. Workshops include: Sewing Basics (ages 13-29) - Main Library - September 10 at 6:30 p.m.; Savings 101 - Sugarcreek Branch - September 14 at 4 p.m.; Microsoft Excel: Create a Basic Budget - Main Library - September 22 at 10 a.m.; Eat Like an Adult (grades 6-12) - Main Library - October 9 at 3 p.m.; Women’s Self Defense - Main Library - October 9 at 5:30 p.m.; Taxes Simplified - Bolivar Branch - October 23 at 6 p.m.; Gift Wrapping Basics - Main Library - November 12 at 6:30 p.m.; Finances 101 - Strasburg Branch - November 15 at 6 p.m.; Life Hack: Packing Like a Pro - Tuscarawas Branch - November 15 at 6 p.m. To register or for more information on the Adulting 101 workshops, visit the online event calendar at or call your nearest TCPL location: Main Library 330-364-4474, Bolivar 330-874-2720, Strasburg 330-878-5711, Sugarcreek 330-852-2813 or Tuscarawas 740-922-2748.

Tuscarawas County businesses reminded to prepare for sales tax increase

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Auditor’s Office is reminding area businesses to reprogram to their cash registers before the sales tax increases on October 1. During the May 8 primary election, Tuscarawas County voters approved a 0.5-percent temporary sales tax increase to fund improvements to the county’s 911 communications system. The increase is for two years and will change the total tax rate paid in Tuscarawas County from 6.75 percent to 7.25 percent. County Auditor Larry Lindberg says businesses will need to take appropriate steps to have their cash registered reprogrammed for the increase.

Second rabid bat found in New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, Ohio - New Philadelphia public health officials say a second bat in the city has tested positive for the rabies virus. Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the bat was collected deceased in the southwest part of the city after a resident called to report finding the animal trapped by a stray cat he had been feeding. The deceased bat was sent in for testing, and the department was informed Thursday that it had tested positive for the rabies virus. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the confirmation of another rabies-positive bat that was collected near the Schoenbrunn Estates on the opposite side of the city.

Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition receives Drug-Free Communities grant

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A large federal grant will support the efforts of the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition over the next five years. Coordinator Jodi Salvo says the coalition learned in August that it had been awarded a $625,000 Drug-Free Communities Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Salvo explains that the grant will be awarded in five yearly installments of $125,000 and will be used to support campaigns related to two major areas of focus for the coalition: underage marijuana use and prescription drug misuse. 

Dover Library accepting submissions for literary magazine

Dover, Ohio - The Dover Public Library is seeking submissions for the third volume of its Tapestries of Tuscarawas County literary magazine. Tapestries of Tuscarawas County is a magazine that features stories, art and photography capturing what it is like to live in Tuscarawas County. Residents are invited to submit their memories for publication in this year's volume and an opportunity to win cash prizes. The library is offering one first-place $100 prize and one second-place $50 prize to the two most appealing stories or art. The deadline to make submissions is October 1, 2018.

Tusky Valley removes Zagales as head football coach

Mineral City, Ohio - The Trojans will battle it out against rival Sandy Valley this Friday without Head Football Coach George Zagales, who has been relieved of his duties with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. According to a relief of duty letter written by Superintendent Mark Murphy and dated September 4, the investigation stems from an incident that is said to have occurred on August 31. Murphy states in the letter that Zagales has been accused of verbally addressing student-athletes “in a completely inappropriate and unprofessional manner” in the locker room immediately following the football game at Fairless High School. 

Courthouse renovations nearing completion

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The dome on top of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse is just weeks from being fully restored. Tuscarawas County Community and Economic Development Director Scott Reynolds says the project is really coming along and should be completed within the next four to six weeks. “We’ve got to finish up the copper work on the dome. They have to do some of the work on the cupola before it goes back up, and the lighting project is taking place as well. It’ll all be finished up about the same time,” he says.

Kent Tusc to celebrate 50th anniversary

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The community is invited to help Kent State Tuscarawas celebrate its 50th year of providing world-class educational opportunities at a campus that’s close to home. To mark the historic occasion, university officials have planned an entire week of special events that will honor the campus’ past and celebrate its future. The festivities kick off on Monday, September 10, at 10 a.m. with a presentation on the history of the local campus by historian and Kent State Tuscarawas instructor Todd Hartline and continue Monday evening at 7 p.m. as the campus welcomes NPR’s Peter Sagal to the stage at the Performing Arts Center. Additional events planned for the week include a reunion of Kent State Tuscarawas alumni, former athletic team members, campus retirees and friends on Wednesday, September 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall lobby and a performance of A. R. Gurney’s award-winning drama “Love Letters” by Bob and Melody Liberatore at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, September 15, at 7 p.m. 

Library system seeking artifacts

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System wants to know "What's in Your Attic?" From now through December 1, the library system will be seeking original county library artifacts including photos, library cards, and book checkout cards. Items can be from any of the library system's five locations, including the Main Library in New Philadelphia, Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, and Tuscarawas branches, or its bookmobile. The items will be used in a wall display in at the Main Library in New Philadelphia following its renovation. To donate an item, contact the County Library's Public Relations Office at 330-64-4474 ext. 221 or by email at 

ProVia to build near Strasburg, add 197 jobs over five years

Strasburg, Ohio - A multi-million-dollar expansion by Walnut Creek-based building products manufacturer ProVia is expected to create nearly 200 additional jobs in the area over a five-year period. ProVia’s Director of Corporate Relations, Joe Klink, says company officials are currently finalizing plans to construct a 300,000-square-foot distribution center and vinyl products manufacturing facility near the intersection of routes 21 and 250 in Franklin Township. Klink says the company has already secured about 75 acres of farmland on which to build the new facility. He says company hopes to be able to break ground on the new facility within the next couple of months, with the goal being to have the project completed by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. 

Former Coshocton public housing director pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The former Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Coshocton Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) has pleaded guilty in a federal public corruption case. Gregory J. Darr, 64, of Coshocton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to embezzling more than $431,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Cities feeling pinch of salt price increase

Tuscarawas County - Officials in Dover and New Philadelphia are hoping for a mild winter after learning that the county's price for road salt has more than doubled since last year. Both cities purchase their road salt through the salt bid program administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation. This year, Dover and New Philadelphia each requested 2,000 tons of salt, and in August both cities learned that their cost had more than doubled from the previous year. New Philadelphia Service Director Ron McAbier says this year’s salt bid for Tuscarawas County came in at $84.53 per ton, or about $45 per ton more what the county paid last year. In total, he says the city will be paying just over $169,000 this year for the 2,000 tons of salt it requested. The same amount cost the city just over $78,000 last year. 

Bridge work to restrict traffic on 212

Bolivar, Ohio - Motorists who travel on state Route 212 may want to allow themselves some extra time to get to their destination beginning this week. Officials for the Ohio Department of Transportation say traffic will be restricted to one lane at the overhead bridge just west of Bolivar for a 30-day period beginning on Wednesday, September 5. ODOT Public Information Officer Lauren Borell explains that the restrictions are due to railroad repairs being completed by the W.M. Brode Construction Company for the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company. Traffic will be maintained with temporary signals for the duration of the project.

Rabies virus confirmed in raccoon in Sherrodsville  

Sherrodsville, Ohio - Public health officials in Carroll County say a deceased raccoon collected this week in Sherrodsville has tested positive for the rabies virus. Kelly Engelhart is the director of nursing and public health for the Carroll County Health Department. She says the department was contacted recently by a village resident whose dog had been in an altercation with a wild raccoon. Englehart says the resident killed the raccoon and provided the body to the health department to submit to the state for testing. Preliminary test results came back on Tuesday and indicated that the animal had tested positive for the rabies virus. Englehart says the dog was not up to date on its rabies vaccination. It was treated by a local veterinarian on the day of the altercation with the raccoon and will be held in strict quarantine for a period of four to six months. No humans are believed to have been exposed to the virus.

Suspect arrested for battery thefts

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Authorities say charges are pending against a male suspect accused of stealing at least 119 batteries from heavy equipment in Tuscarawas and Holmes counties. Detective Adam Fisher of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office says over the last several weeks the department has received nine reports of battery thefts totaling more than 80 batteries. He notes that the total includes the 26 bus batteries stolen from the Tuscarawas Valley school district on August 22. Similar reports totaling an additional 39 batteries have been taken by the Dover and Strasburg police departments and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office. Fisher says detectives from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and the Dover Police Department have been thoroughly investigating the thefts and were able to use surveillance footage to positively identify the male responsible.

Rabid bat found in New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City public health officials say a bat that was collected near the Schoenbrunn Estates development has tested positive for the rabies virus. New Philadelphia Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the bat was collected on Monday after a resident called to report that the animal had been acting unusually. A pet cat was exposed to the bat and is undergoing medical attention and will most likely be in strict quarantine. No human exposure to the bat is known. The public is advised to be aware of the wildlife in their yards and neighborhoods and to never under any circumstances handle a bat without gloves or some other type of personal protection or touch a sick or dead bat.

Tickets on sale for Warther's Christmas Tree Festival Preview Party

Dover, Ohio - Tickets are on sale now for the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Auxiliary's 25th-annual Christmas Tree Festival Preview Party on Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m. at the Warther's Carvings museum in Dover. Preview Party ticketholders will have the first opportunity to enjoy the more than 90 decorated trees in the festival, receive a special ornament and have an opportunity to participate in a fundraising auction of specially prepared trees. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online at, in person at Pam's Posies in downtown Dover, or by calling Jen at Pam's Posies at 330-340-5611.

Indian Valley senior named Teen Ambassador

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Indian Valley senior Vanessa Sanders has been appointed to serve as a Teen Ambassador for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board consists of students from public, private, home, and charter schools throughout Ohio. Board members serve a one-year term and have the opportunity to meet with Attorney General DeWine and visit his Columbus office. Teen Ambassadors attend events around the state throughout the year to learn about important issues facing Ohio and its families and hear from public officials and staff members. Vanessa is the daughter of Melissa Campbell and Gale Sanders of Port Washington.

Highway Patrol focused on impaired drivers for Labor Day

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio State Highway Patrol will be stepping up its efforts to remove impaired drivers from Ohio's roadways this holiday weekend, and motorists are being asked to do their part by following all traffic laws, never driving impaired and always designating a sober driver.  AAA projects that the number of Ohioans traveling this holiday weekend will be 8.2 percent higher than last year. With that in mind, the Highway Patrol is urging travelers to plan ahead, allow extra time, follow traffic laws, share the road with other motorists and always wear a safety belt. The Labor Day enforcement will begin at midnight on Friday, August 31, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Motorists are encouraged to dial #677 to report impaired drivers and drug activity. 

Trinity Hospital Twin City to offer insulin and medication education program

Dennison, Ohio - Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Diabetes Wellness Program is hosting a free program titled “Understanding Insulin Medications” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, at the hospital’s second-floor St. Raphael Conference Room. The program will include valuable facts about new insulin medications. Featured speaker Ruthann Belknap will also be sharing information about her experience of managing diabetes with an insulin pump. Adults with diabetes and their friends and family are encouraged to attend the free program, which will be facilitated by certified diabetes educator LuAnn Beavers-Willis, MSN, RN. To register for participation in this free diabetes wellness program, call 740-922-7450, ext. 2177.

Jammin Food Truck Fest returning to Historic Schoenbrunn Village

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Area residents are invited to bring their appetites to Historic Schoenbrunn Village this weekend for a special end-of-summer celebration featuring live music, games and more than a dozen food trucks. The 3rd-annual Jammin’ Food Truck Fest is set for this Saturday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the lower level of Historic Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia. In addition to food, the event will also feature plenty of fun for visitors of all ages, with activities including bocce ball and volleyball and live musical entertainment planned throughout the day. There will also be a designated area where adult guests can enjoy a beer and sample locally-made wines and a vendors area where local merchants will be selling their wares. 

Additional mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Health Department reports that three additional pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The pools were collected near the Southside Community Park, Possum Hollow Road, and the Goshen village cemetery. The department has already been responding to the recent positive results by spraying for mosquitoes in and around the area where the virus-positive traps were collected. An initial spraying was conducted Tuesday evening. A second spraying will be conducted next week, weather permitting, both within the city and in adjacent parts of Goshen Township.

Indian Valley to host informational meeting on bond issue

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Voters and families in the Indian Valley school district will have an opportunity to learn more about an upcoming bond issue and the district’s plans for the construction of a new football stadium during an informational meeting on September 6 at Indian Valley High School. During the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., district officials will provide information on a 2-mill, 28-year bond issue that will appear on the ballot during the November 6 general election. 

Dover festival to celebrate the end of summer

Dover, Ohio - An event featuring live music, fireworks, and family-friendly fun will close out the summer this Sunday at Dover City Park. The City of Dover’s Annual End of Summer Celebration is set for Sunday, September 2, with special events and activities planned throughout the afternoon and evening. Highlights of the event include a vintage baseball game that kicks off at 1:05 p.m., a car and motorcycle show that begins at 5, and a performance from Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours from 7 to 8. There will also be free inflatables, free swimming and free train rides for children. A large fireworks display begins at dusk to close out the celebration.

Animal Encounters to be offered at Tuscarawas County libraries

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System's popular Animal Encounter @ your Library series will be returning again this fall with six live animal events that include a variety of animals from birds to spiders to horses. The series will include: Meet Mustang on September 6 at 6 p.m. at the Tuscarawas Branch, Horsing Around on September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Strasburg Branch, 5th Day Aqua on September 15 at 11 a.m. at the Bolivar Branch, Dr. Insecta's Bug Lab on September 18 at 6 p.m. at the Main Library, Jungle Terry's Traveling Zoo on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, and Birds of Prey on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Sugarcreek Branch.

Kent State Tuscarawas 5K returning to Harry Clever Field

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Registrations are being accepted for the 2018 Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Association Glowway Run 5K, presented by Geib Funeral Home and Crematories. The 5K run and 1.5-mile Fun Run/Walk will be held September 22 at Harry Clever Field in New Philadelphia, and proceeds from the event will go to the Kent State Tuscarawas Alumni Scholarship fund.

New Philadelphia City Council accepts firefighter grant

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Fire Department will be adding six additional firefighters to its roster following the acceptance of a federal grant for fire and emergency response staffing. Members of the New Philadelphia City Council voted 5-2 on Monday to accept a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Department of Homeland Security. The total amount of the grant is $879,542, which will be used to cover 75 percent of the cost of the six new hires for the first two years and 35 percent of the cost in the third year. The cost to the city over the three-year period will be $546,742. Following the expiration of the grant, the annual cost to the city would be approximately $500,000, or about $85,000 per firefighter per year including salary and benefits. Mayor Joel Day has said the cost would be offset by an overall reduction in overtime pay as a result of the increased staffing as well as the expected retirements of several firefighters.

Tippecanoe couple killed in weekend crash

Harrison County, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a Saturday afternoon crash near Freeport that claimed the lives of Tippecanoe couple. Sgt. Shawn Yoho of the Steubenville Post says the accident occurred on state Route 342 at approximately 12:20 p.m. on August 25 after a westbound Chevy Silverado being driven by a 73-year-old Piedmont woman drove off the right-hand side of the road while navigating a curve. The driver then overcorrected and went left of center, striking two eastbound Harley-Davidson motorcycles that were taking part in a poker run. The occupants of one of the motorcycles, husband and wife Michael J. and Guyla Ferguson of Tippecanoe, were pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the other motorcycle were transported by helicopter to Akron General Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was transported by ambulance to Trinity Hospital Twin City and was later transferred to Aultman Hospital. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Paving begins in downtown Uhrichsville 

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Construction crews will be out in full force this week in downtown Uhrichsville as a multi-road repaving project gets underway. Mayor Rick Dorland says a total of seven roads will see improvements, including five the downtown area and two near Claymont High School. Paving will occur in the following areas: East Third Street from the West Third Street bridge to East Fourth Street; North Water Street from the overhead bridge to the Trenton Avenue bridge; North Main Street from East First Street to East Fifth Street; North Uhrich Street from East First Street to East Fifth Street; North Dawson from East First Street to East Fourth Street; Thompson Street from East First to East Third Street; Indian Hill Road from the railroad tracks to North Water Street Extension; and all of River Road. Dorland notes that no complete road closures are planned for the duration of the project, which he anticipates will take one to two weeks to complete.

Uhrichsville extends Kimble trash and recycling contract

Uhrichsville, Ohio - Kimble will remain the citywide trash and recycling service provider for the city of Uhrichsville for five more years. On Thursday, members of Uhrichsville Council unanimously approved a five-year extension of the city’s existing trash and recycling contract with Kimble Companies. Mayor Rick Dorland explains the city decided earlier in the year to bid out its trash and recycling contract, but at the end of the bidding period, the only bid that had been received was from Kimble. Rather than sign a new contract, Dorland says the city decided it would be more beneficial to extend its existing contract with the company.

Mosquitos in Rush Township test positive for West Nile

Dover, Ohio - Another pool of mosquitoes in Tuscarawas County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Tuscarawas County Health Department has been conducting trapping throughout the summer for the species of mosquito that carries the West Nile Virus and was notified on August 23 that a pool of mosquitoes collected near the Rush Christian School in Rush Township had tested positive for West Nile Virus. The health department will be responding by spraying on multiple occasions within a two-mile radius of the positive pool location. Spraying will begin during the week of Monday, August 27, weather permitting.

Mosquito spraying to continue in New Phila, Goshen Township

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The next round of mosquito spraying by the New Philadelphia Health Department will focus on the northeast side of the city and southern part of Goshen Township. Environmental Health Director Lee Finley says the area being targeted for spraying includes the Schoenbrunn and Honey Run estates, Crider Avenue NE and Southside Park in the city and Goshen Estates in Goshen Township. Spraying will occur during the evening on Tuesday, August 28, weather permitting. Residents with respiratory issues are encouraged to take appropriate precautions and remain indoors while spraying is being conducted. 

Plainfield man arrested on two counts of rape

Coshocton, Ohio - Authorities say a man from the Plainfield area has been charged with two counts of rape in connection with an ongoing child abuse investigation. On August 21, Detectives from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant of a residence in the 100 block of Commercial Avenue in Plainfield. On the same day, 33-year-old Jeffrey Ellis was taken into custody and formally charged with two counts of rape, a felony of the first degree. Ellis is being held at the Coshocton County Jail on a $750,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for August 29 at 1 p.m. in Coshocton Municipal Court. The investigation remains active and ongoing. Anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators is urged to contact Detective Nancy Wilt at the Coshocton County Sheriff's Department by calling 740-622-2411.

Weekend race to help feed hungry kids in Tuscarawas County

Dover, Ohio - Area residents are invited to lace up their running shoes and show their support for a program that provides weekend meals to hungry students throughout Tuscarawas County. On Saturday morning, the NewPointe Community Church will be hosting a 5K race and kids fun run at its Dover Campus to benefit the Tuscarawas County Health Department’s Blessings in a Backpack weekend meal program. Same-day registration begins Saturday at 7 a.m. for the kids fun run that begins at 8 and the 5K that begins at 8:30. There is no cost to sign up for the fun run, which is open to children ages 13 and under. The cost to register for the 5K race is $25 per person.

Local library system receives prestigious national award

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is the proud recipient of the 2018 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant. Extension and Technical Services Manager and grant writer Andrea Legg says the grant funds will be used for a project titled IllustrateHER that seeks to empower girls through visual storytelling and multimodal reading. Part of the grant money will be used by the library system to obtain 25 new graphic novel titles that are either written by accomplished female graphic novelists or focus on a strong female protagonist as the central character. The library will also be bringing in accomplished graphic novelist Meags Fitzgerald as part of the grant requirements. 

Trinity Hospital Twin City recognizes volunteers

Dennison, Ohio - During a special volunteer appreciation and recognition luncheon this summer, Trinity Hospital Twin City honored all members of the Trinity Hospital Twin City United Volunteer Auxiliary. Additionally, nine volunteers were awarded service pins in recognition of their years of dedicated service to the hospital, and Vickie Lehman of Dennison was lauded as Volunteer of the Year. Others recognized included: 5 years of service - Angie Jones of New Philadelphia, Debbie Heddleson and Carolyn McCoy of Tuscarawas, and Victoria Gambs of Uhrichsville; 10 years of service - Vicky Hall of Uhrichsville; 15 years of service - Fay Zeigler of Dennison; 25 years of service - Norma Jean McGuire of Dennison, and Emillie Blackwood and Jan Thomas, both of Gnadenhutten.

Tuscarawas County Community Foundation awards grants

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Community Foundation has awarded more than $348,000 in grants this year to more than 30 area nonprofit organizations and governmental entities in an effort to improve the quality of life for area residents. Of those grant awards, 16 of were made from the foundation’s general fund, 13 were provided by the Max T. and Erma Miller Donor Advised Fund, and three were made by the AAA Tuscarawas County Donor Advised Fund.

Strasburg to consider water rate increases

Strasburg, Ohio - Strasburg residents may see an increase in their water bills in the near future. Village Finance Committee Chairman Jeff Smith says the committee is planning to recommend a series of incremental water rate increases over the next three years, with the additional revenue to be used to fund needed repairs and infrastructure improvements. The first increase would be 54 cents for every thousand gallons consumed and would go into effect at the beginning of 2019. Additional increases of 25 cents per thousand gallons are being proposed for each of the next two years of the plan. The village’s current water rate is $2.76 per thousand gallons. 

West Nile confirmed in two Tuscarawas Valley horses

Reynoldsburg, Ohio - The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the first two horses to test positive for West Nile virus this year were from the Tuscarawas Valley. ODA Communications Director Mark Bruce says the West-Nile-positive horses were from Stark and Holmes County and neither had been vaccinated against the virus. Bruce says that the cases highlight the importance of Ohioans having their horses vaccinated against the virus.

Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park to welcome first business

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A Dover-based company will be the first to build in the 170-acre Tuscarawas Regional Technology Park. Gemini Industrial Machine Group recently announced plans to build a new, 25,000-square-foot facility at the Community Improvement Corporation of Tuscarawas County's regional technology park in New Philadelphia. Site work has already begun at the property, and an official groundbreaking has been set for this Friday at 10 a.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

Rock-n-Run 5K and 10K Race set for Sept. 1 

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The United Way of Tuscarawas County is inviting area runners and walkers to participate in its 10th annual Rock-N-Run on Saturday, September 1, beginning at 9 a.m. Susan Reidenbach is the community resources coordinator for the local United Way. She says this year's Rock-N-Run will feature the addition of a 10K race to commemorate the event's 10th anniversary. There will also be a morning start time to accommodate for the additional race. The event is held each year as a fun and healthy way to raise awareness for the local United Way and funds for its partner agencies.


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Route 416 repairs to begin next week 

New Philadelphia, Ohio - New Philadelphia city officials say repairs to state Route 416 will begin next week. City Service Director Ron McAbier reports that the $1.2 million project is being completed in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation and will begin with cement work at the hill on South Broadway between Front and Mill Avenues. McAbier says the cement work will begin Monday morning, weather permitting, and will be the only portion of the project to be completed during daytime hours.

Dover council approves additional funds for traffic light installation at Dublin Drive

Dover, Ohio - A project recently authorized by Dover City Council will help control traffic flow in the area where a new fire substation is being built. On Monday, council unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Service Director Dave Douglas to enter into a contract for the installation of new traffic signals at Dublin Drive and North Wooster Avenue. Douglas says the total cost of the project will not exceed $165,222.95 including engineering. He notes that the project had already gone out for bid earlier this year, however, all the bids received were in excess of the $152,800 project cost originally approved by council in February, which prompted the need to authorize additional funding.

Woody Hayes statue unveiled during ceremony

Newcomerstown, Ohio - Buckeyes fans from around the country gathered recently at Lee Stadium in Newcomerstown to witness the dedication of a life-size statue of former longtime Ohio State head football coach and hometown legend Woody Hayes. The $40,000 bronze statue comes as a result of an online fundraising campaign spearheaded by the Eleven Warriors blogging community. During the ceremony, BJ McFadden of the Newcomerstown Historical Society shared the story of how a visit by Eleven Warriors founders Chris Lauderbach and Jason Priestas to the Temperance Tavern Museum led to a nationwide campaign to bring Woody home to Newcomerstown. Both men were on hand for the dedication ceremony along with the statue's sculptor, Allan Cottrill of Zanesville, Woody's son Steven Hayes and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin. Following the ceremony, the statue was transported to its permanent home at the Temperance Tavern Museum.

New Philadelphia announces mosquito spraying schedule

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Health Department says it will begin spraying for mosquitoes this week in selected areas within city limits. Spraying is being conducted in response to two pools of mosquitoes collected within city limits testing positive for West Nile Virus. The virus-positive traps were located in a cul-de-sac at the end of Commercial Avenue SW and along a city-owned access lane near Hillandale Road NE and the Oak Shadows garage. Spraying will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday beginning at dusk in the Oak Shadows development and southwestern part of town and in the area of West High Avenue. Spraying will be postponed in the event of rain, high winds or cold temperatures. Individuals with respiratory issues are advised to remain indoors and take appropriate precautions while spraying is occurring. 

Dover man killed in weekend crash

Dover, Ohio - Authorities are investigating a weekend crash in Lawrence Township that claimed the life of a 25-year-old Dover man. According to the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Brandon Goodman was driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee southwest on Township Road 387 on Saturday morning at approximately 1:42 a.m. when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, striking a mailbox and an embankment. The vehicle overturned multiple times and ejected the driver, who pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Goodman was not wearing a safety belt, and that alcohol is believed to be a factor. A 31-year-old male passenger was wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident. He was transported to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital with minor injuries.


TODAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 83; TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, showers likely, mainly after 2 am, Lo 71; TUESDAY: Cloudy, showers likely, storms also possible after 11 am, Hi 78; WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy at times, Hi 72.

Dennison approves field lease for new youth football league

Dennison, Ohio - Dennison’s McCluskey field will serve as the home field for a newly-formed football and cheerleading league for youth in the Twin City area. On Thursday, members of Dennison Village Council voted unanimously to approve a five-year agreement with Mustang Youth Football and Cheer for use of the field for practices and home games. The agreement grants the league use of the football field for games and practices during designated hours between August 1 and November 30 and the ability to operated food concessions for all home games.

Seed exchange continues at New Philadelphia library

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library is encouraging residents to become novice backyard gardeners through its Seed Library and seed exchange program. The Seed Library is located in a former card catalog in the Adult Department of the Main Library and holds seeds from locally-grown vegetables and flowers that can be checked out by patrons. The library system also has a gardening club that meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library. Club members include a wide variety of gardening expertise from beginner to master gardener. Members are always eager to help beginner seed savers; new members are welcome.

Newcomerstown schools to implement new student drug testing policy

Newcomerstown, Ohio - Newcomerstown school officials say the district will no longer be administering random drug tests to students. During their August meeting, members of the Newcomerstown Board of Education voted to repeal a longstanding policy that permitted random drug testing for student athletes and high school students who park vehicles in the school parking lot. In its place, they passed a new drug testing policy that will target the same groups of students based on individualized reasonable suspicion. Superintendent Jeff Staggs says the main reason for the change was to make the district’s student drug testing program more effective by giving staff the ability to target specific students for testing. 

Drug use suspected in Rt. 250 collision

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Authorities say drug use may have played a role in an accident that temporarily shut down Route 250 Thursday and triggered a chain reaction of crashes. Sgt. William Bower of the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the first accident occurred just before 2 p.m. on state Route 250, just east of New Towne Mall, when a westbound Saturn being driven by a 31-year-old Gnadenhutten man crossed over the median and began traveling the wrong direction in the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a Dodge pickup truck carrying a 45-year-old male driver and a 60-year-old female passenger. The occupants of the truck were both transported from the scene to area hospitals for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Saturn was reported to have been treated at the scene with an opioid overdose reversal drug before being transported to Aultman Hospital. Once the investigation is completed, Sgt. Bower says the case will be reviewed by the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges against the driver.

Truck-pulling competition to raise funds for youth mentorship programs

New Philadelphia, OH - Members of the community are invited to put their strength and endurance to the test while supporting a great cause during this year’s Pulling for Kids' Sake fundraiser. Pulling for Kids' Sake is an annual event that pits man against machine in a fun and friendly team competition to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio. During the event, teams comprised of up to 10 members will compete to pull a truck weighing in at more than 30,000 pounds for a 25-foot distance in the fastest amount of time. For more information or to register for the event, call 330-339-6916 or visit

Dog-friendly event to raise funds for cancer research

Mineral City, Ohio - Area dog-lovers and their canine companions are invited to join in the fight against cancer this Saturday during a special event this weekend at Atwood Lake Park. Relay for Life of Carroll County’s 3rd-annual Bark for Life event is scheduled for Saturday, August 18, beginning at 6 p.m., with a variety of fun-filled and canine-friendly activities and demonstrations scheduled throughout the evening. Same-day registration begins at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per dog for the first dog and $5 more for each additional dog. The first 50 dogs registered will receive a free bandana and a bag of treats. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society to support life-saving cancer research and programs for patients and their families.  

Mosquitoes in York Township test positive for West Nile

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Two additional pools of mosquitoes collected in Tuscarawas County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The Tuscarawas County Health Department has been conducting trapping for the Culex species of mosquito throughout the summer and was notified Thursday that mosquitos collected at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Old Town Valley Road and along Joyce Hill Road in York Township had tested positive for the virus. Spraying will be conducted within a two-mile radius of the positive pool locations in York Township beginning on Monday, August 20, and will continue throughout the following week. 


TODAY: Cloudy, showers likely, with thunderstorms possible after noon, Hi 79; TONIGHT: Cloudy, showers and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight, Lo 69; FRIDAY: Cloudy with showers and storms, Hi 82; SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and storms, Hi 81.

Library system to host Sensory Carnival

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will host a Sensory Carnival on Saturday, September 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its Main Library in New Philadelphia. The event, offered in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the STEAM Centers Pop Up Museum, will feature a variety of sensory activities.

Stolen items recovered during overnight search in Coshocton County

Coshocton, Ohio - The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office reports that three adult men are in custody in connection with several local thefts and breaking-and-entering incidents. On Tuesday, August 14, deputies located a stolen truck in the 20000 block of Township Road 411 in Perry Township. The discovery prompted the execution of an overnight search warrant at the property that resulted in the recovery of many recently stolen items including 4-wheelers, trailers, a Pepsi vending machine and the truck. Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers says three men have been charged with receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony, and remain in custody at the Coshocton County Jail. They are Chase A. Heath, 30, and Glenn M. Hunley, 34, both of the Newark area, and Richard A. Hunley, 38, of the Buckeye Lake area. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are expected to be filed after the case is reviewed by Coshocton County Prosecutor Jason Given.

Wood Carving Competition starts Friday at Tall Timber Resort

New Philadelphia, Ohio - A special event being held this weekend at Wood’s Tall Timber Resort will showcase the expert craftsmanship of wood carvers from around the country. The resort’s fourth-annual Wood Carving Competition begins Friday afternoon and continues through Saturday evening with professional wood carvers working on site throughout the weekend. For the price of daily park admission, visitors will have an opportunity to watch the professional carvers at work. Admission is $5 per person and includes all-day swimming, hiking and fishing. 

New Philadelphia teens facing charges following assault, cell phone theft

New Philadelphia police say two city teens are being charged in connection with the theft of a cell phone and assault of a military veteran. The charges stem from an assault that occurred early in the morning on August 11 in the 100 block of Moore Avenue NW during which a gray Verizon flip phone was taken. New Philadelphia Police Detective Chaz Willet says two unrelated male suspects, ages 15 and 17, were taken into custody on Monday and are each being charged with one count of robbery and one count of breaking and entering.   

Mosquitoes in New Philadelphia test positive for West Nile

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Two pools of mosquitoes collected within the New Philadelphia city limits have tested positive for West Nile Virus. The New Philadelphia Health Department was notified Tuesday that traps set on Hillandale Road and Commercial Avenue SW had tested positive for West Nile. The department will be responding by spraying on multiple occasions near the area where the infected mosquitoes were collected. The initial spraying will be conducted Wednesday evening within the city limits and in adjacent areas of Goshen Township. A second spraying will occur the week of August 20-24. Areas of the city targeted for spraying include the Oak Shadows development and the Donahey Drive addition and the area between Commercial and West High avenues. Larviciding will also be conducted in Goshen Township. Spraying will be conducted after dusk. Residents with respiratory issues are encouraged to remain indoors while spraying is being conducted. 


TODAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 85 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers, Lo 68 THURSDAY: Cloudy, showers likely with storms possible after noon, Hi 81 FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, showers likely, PM storms possible, Hi 82

Site work begins for new Menards location

New Philadelphia, Ohio - City officials say construction crews are now in the area and beginning site work at the future home of a Menards home improvement store on Bluebell Drive. New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day reports that heavy equipment from DiPietro excavating of East Canton arrived at the site of the former Super Kmart location earlier this week to begin removing the parking lots and preparing the site for construction. According to Day, the project will be moving forward on an aggressive work schedule because company officials are planning to open the store by this time next year.

New Philadelphia seeking grant for Wabash Ave. improvements

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The City of New Philadelphia is seeking state grant funding to help cover the cost of roadway and infrastructure improvements near Tuscora Park. Service Director Ron McAbier says the city is planning to apply for an Ohio Public Works grant of up to $500,000 to help fund improvements along Wabash Avenue NW. Proposed improvements outlined as part of the $753,000 project include the resurfacing the replacement of the existing water and storm sewer lines running through the area. McAbier says the city will find out in November whether the project has been selected to receive grant funding.

District awards $18 million in local contracts for new high school

Dover, Ohio - Dover school district officials say local nearly half of the contract dollars awarded for the construction of a new high school will be going to local contractors. The $46 million project is being overseen by Hammond Construction of Canton and includes a total $18 million in local contracts. Local contractors for the project include Dover Tank and Plate Co., Hicks Roofing, Miceli Glass, Peterman Plumbing & Heating, Metal Masters and Wood Electric. More than $2 million in materials have also been purchased locally through Dover Cabinet, Wayne Door, Marsh Industries, Marlite, Smith Concrete, Stocker Sand and Gravel, Kimble Companies, and Belden Brick.   


TODAY: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and storms, Hi 83 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, patchy fog after 3 am, Lo 65 WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 86 WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a slight chance of showers and storms, Lo 68 THURSDAY:  Mostly cloudy with showers and storms becoming likely, Hi 82

Dover Steam Show returning to Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds

Dover, Ohio - Visitors are invited to take a journey back in time and learn about the tools and techniques of a bygone era when the Dover Steam Show returns this weekend to the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. The Dover Steam Show is an annual three-day celebration of antique farm machinery and steam-powered equipment sponsored by the Tuscarawas Valley Pioneer Power Association. This year’s event begins Friday and runs through Sunday with a variety of activities and demonstrations planned throughout the weekend. 

Indian Valley Graduates Awarded Scholarships From Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

Dover, Ohio - Recent Indian Valley High School graduates Lynnsey Erb and Makayla Keathley are the recipients of $1,000 scholarships from Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. Erb is the daughter of Joe and Heather Erb of Gnadenhutten and Keathley is the daughter of Dan and Alison Keathley, all of Gnadenhutten. Both Erb and Keathley plan to attend nursing school this fall.

Fall train rides returning to Dennison Railroad Depot

Dennison, Ohio - The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum is bringing back its popular Fall Foliage train rides and offering some new excursions for families, couples and veterans. This year’s train rides will be offered the two first weekends in October, with multiple excursions scheduled for both Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to its traditional Fall Foliage rides, which give passengers the opportunity to hop aboard and relax while enjoying Ohio’s breathtaking fall colors, the museum will also be offering several new themed fall train rides this year. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Dennison Depot Railroad Museum at 740-922-6776 or visit 

Coshocton County Sheriff to begin traffic blitz Friday

Coshocton County, Ohio - The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up their efforts to target unsafe driving during a two-week traffic blitz set to begin this Friday. The traffic blitz is scheduled for August 17 through September 3 as part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement and educational campaign. During the two-week period, officers will be targeting unsafe driving practices including speed violations and OVI offenses.

New Philadelphia Police seeking person of interest in assault of veteran 

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The New Philadelphia Police Department asking the public to help identify a person of interest in an assault on a 70-year-old military that took place early Friday morning. At approximately 5:05 a.m., an employee at Union Hospital called to report that a patient had been assaulted by three male subjects in the 100 block of Moore Avenue NW. Police say the case involves the theft of a Gray Verizon flip phone and are looking for the owner of a red and black Zippo bandana that was recovered from the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call the New Philadelphia Police Department at 330-343-4488. 


TODAY: Mostly sunny, scattered showers and PM storms, Hi 83 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, isolated showers and storms , Lo 62 TUESDAY: Partly sunny, scattered showers and PM storms, Hi 83 WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 86 

Nine additional locations test positive for West Nile Virus

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Health Department says nine additional pools of mosquitoes collected in Tuscarawas County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The locations of the traps that collected the positive pools are as followed: Zoar School House - 254 4th Street, Zoar; Fort Laurens Museum - 11067 Fort Laurens Road, Bolivar; Bolivar Waterworks Park – Bolivar; Bolivar Commons Pool - 10107 Hollingsworth Drive NE, Bolivar; Residential Area on Indian Hills Drive NE - Bolivar; Ridge Road Cemetery – 1152 Ridge Road NE, Sandy Township; Christian Chapel Church – 7439 Main Street NE Zoarville; Residential Area on State Route 212 - Mineral City; Residential Area on Raber Road - Dover, Fairfield Township. The health department will be spraying within a two-mile radius of each positive pool location. Spraying will begin on Monday, August 13, and will continue throughout the week.

Rides in historic planes to be offered at New Philadelphia airport

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Aviation enthusiasts of all ages will have a rare opportunity to take to the skies in a DC 3 airliner or B-25 bomber during this summer’s Living History Flights. This year’s Living History Flights event is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, and Sunday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harry Clever Airport in New Philadelphia. Throughout the day on both days, attendees will have an opportunity to travel back in time to the Golden Age of Aviation as they ride in or photograph a fully-restored and flightworthy WWII B-25 bomber or a 1940 DC 3 passenger airliner. Tickets to ride in the DC 3, which has appeared in several Hollywood films, are $75 each. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Tickets to ride in the bomber start at $395 for a 20 to 25-minute ride, but those willing to make the splurge will be treated to an unforgettable aviation experience. Reservations for both rides can be made by calling 330-340-2999. There is no cost to enter the airport to photograph and view the planes.  


TODAY: Mostly cloudy, a chance of isolated showers and storms, Hi 82 TONIGHT: Scattered showers and storms more likely, Lo 65 SATURDAY:  Partly sunny, scattered showers and storms possible, Hi 82 SUNDAY: Partly sunny, isolated showers, Hi 82

Tax issued filed for November 6 election

New Philadelphia, Ohio - Voters in Tuscarawas County will see a variety of issues on the ballot during the upcoming election, including a 28-year bond issue for Indian Valley schools, a 1 percent municipal income tax increase for the Village of Tuscarawas, and a five-year renewal of Strasburg’s 1.5-mill police protection levy. Wednesday was the deadline for school districts and government entities to petition to place tax issues on the November 6 General Election ballot. In total, seven local school districts, five villages, four townships, and one joint ambulance district filed to place issues on the ballot. 

Vaccine drop planned in response to raccoon rabies case

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Federal wildlife officials are stepping up their efforts to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies in Tuscarawas County. Officials from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have been in the area since last week planning their response to the county’s first confirmed case of Raccoon Rabies Variant, or RRV. The rabies-positive raccoon was found deceased last month near Echo Lake Road in Warren Township near Goshen Township. USDA officials say they’re planning a vaccine drop in the area where the raccoon was found. John Paul Seman is a supervisory wildlife biologist for the USDA’s Sandusky District. He says the drop will occur sometime between August 21 and August 24 in the area where the rabies-positive raccoon was collected. The Tuscarawas County Health Department will announce the details of vaccine drop once they have been finalized.

Career center to host Buckeye Biddy Race

New Philadelphia, OH - Buckeye Career Center is again hosting a free cross-country race for young runners in Tuscarawas County and beyond. The Buckeye Biddy Race will be held on Thursday, September 13, at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia. Same-day registration begins at 4:15 p.m. and races start at 5:30. For more information or questions, call 330-339-2288.

School safety levy defeated

A multi-district school safety issue was defeated by a margin of 3 to 1 in Tuesday’s Special Election. The 1.49-mill continuous levy was to be used to fund safety improvements and mental health services in 16 local school districts serviced by the Stark County Educational Service Center. In Stark County, just over 30,000 voters, or roughly 16 percent those registered in districts that would have been serviced by the levy, cast a ballot during yesterday’s election, according to preliminary results from the Stark County Board of Elections. Of the ballots cast, 7,024, or 23.4 percent, were in favor of the levy, and 22,993, or 76.6 percent were opposed. Of the 496 ballots cast by voters in the Strasburg-Franklin school district in Tuscarawas County, 101 were in favor of the levy and 395 were opposed.   


TODAY: Cloudy, scattered showers and storms, Hi 81 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and storms, Lo 65 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 84 FRIDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 83

Mosquitoes in Village of Tuscarawas test positive for West Nile

Tuscarawas, Ohio - Area public health officials are encouraging residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites after two pools of mosquitoes in the Village of Tuscarawas tested positive for West Nile virus. The Tuscarawas County Health has been conducting trapping for the Culex species of mosquito throughout the summer and was notified on Tuesday that pools of mosquitoes collected near the Sharon Moravian Church and Tuscarawas Community Memorial Park had tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Health Department will be responding to the positive pools according to Center for Disease Control guidelines and will be spraying within a two-mile radius of the positive and throughout Warwick Township. Spraying will be conducted on multiple occasions beginning on Monday, August 13, and will occur during evening hours. In the event of rain, high winds or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed. Persons with respiratory problems should take appropriate actions to remain indoors while spraying is occurring.

Newcomerstown to unveil Woody Hayes statue during festival

Newcomerstown, Ohio - A new statue in downtown Newcomerstown will serve as a permanent tribute to one of the town’s favorite sons. On Saturday, August 18, the town will welcome Ohio State Buckeyes fans from around the state as it unveils a life-size statue of legendary head football coach Woody Hayes. A dedication ceremony featuring speeches from Woody’s son Steven Hayes and several former players is planned for 1 p.m. at Lee Stadium. Also scheduled to appear is former Ohio State player and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffith, who finished his career as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Village residents are being asked to clean up their yards and decorate their homes with scarlet and gray and Ohio State memorabilia in preparation for the festivities. 

Barflies to close out Smoking Summer Jazz Series

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The final installment of the 2018 Smoking Summer Jazz Series will showcase homegrown musical and visual arts talent in a single venue to create a unique entertainment and fine-dining experience. On Saturday, August 11, Tuscomusic will welcome Barflies to the stage at the Performing Arts Center to share their fresh spin on traditional jazz music. For more information about Tuscomusic or to purchase tickets to the event, visit or @Tuscomusic on Facebook.

Stark County to vote today on school safety issue

Voters in 16 local school districts will determine the fate of a multi-district school safety issue during today’s Special Election.  If approved, the levy would provide approximately $226 per student in funding to each district for school security and mental health service. The cost to the owner to the owner of a $100,000 home would be $52 a year.

New Ohio law increases penalties for fentanyl possession

Columbus, Ohio - A new state law signed last week by Ohio Governor John Kasich takes aim at a dangerous synthetic opioid that has been fueling a massive increase in overdose deaths statewide. The law goes into effect October 31 and could add as many as eight years to sentences for drug offenders convicted of serious crimes involving drugs containing fentanyl.

Indian Valley announces back-to-school information

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Students attending grades 1-12 in the Indian Valley Local School District are set to begin classes for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday, August 22.  Kindergarten students will use a two-day phase-in with all students attending Friday, August 24. The starting time for students will be 8 a.m., with the school day ending at 3 p.m.

Dennison Fire Department collecting school supplies

Dennison, Ohio - The Dennison Fire Department is accepting school supply donations for its second annual Fill the Truck community collection drive. Donations can be dropped off at the station anytime through August 17 or during the Fill the Truck event on Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. to noon. The items will be divided up and distributed prior to the start of the new school year to the elementary, intermediate and junior high buildings in the Claymont school district and Immaculate Conception School in Dennison.

Tuscarawas County YMCA awards scholarships

The Tuscarawas County YMCA announces that five local students have received scholarships totaling $10,000 from the Thomas J. Patton/YMCA Scholarship Fund. This year's recipients are Dover graduates Lane Moore (2018), Drew Sexton (2018) and Tyler Nathan (2017); and New Philadelphia graduates Kailey Russell (2018) and Taylor Young (2017). Recipients of the Tom Patton/YMCA scholarship are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Tuscarawas County YMCA through volunteer and staff leadership and service as well as their academic achievement and community involvement.

Stocking EpiPens, Narcan in School a Topic of Conversation

- The New Philadelphia City School District is discussing ways to be proactive in the event there would be an allergic reaction or overdose during school days or at events. Currently, EpiPen’s are available for individual students with a prescription but under a program, the school would be able to have them prescribed to the district for any allergy emergency. If they do decide on the Narcan or EpiPen, staff members will be adequately trained.

Indian Valley Teacher Named District 9 Teacher of the Year

– For the third time, an Indian Valley educator has been selected as District 9’s Teacher of the Year. As a high school English teacher, Lisa Wolfe has exemplified exactly what it means to have a passion for teaching and believing in her students. Wolfe was nominated by a committee of educators and will have a chance to win the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the year this fall.


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Body identified as missing teen

Coshocton, Ohio - Authorities say a body recovered Friday has been identified as a missing teen. At approximately 8:34 p.m. Friday, the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office received a call about a body in a pond near the area where 15-year-old Samuel Walters was last seen. The Coshocton County Coroner's Office was called to the scene and confirmed the identity of the body. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death.


TODAY: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers, with storms also possible after noon, Hi 84 TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, a slight chance of rain after 3 am, Hi 65 SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 87 SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 89 

Rabies in Tuscarawas County: What you need to know

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Health Department continues to work closely with state officials to monitor wildlife near the area where the remains of a rabies-positive raccoon were collected. The local health department is currently working with officials from ODA to perform enhanced surveillance and collect samples near the areas where the rabid raccoon was found and is asking residents to report any animals displaying unusual behavior by calling 330-343-5550 or emailing 

Guernsey County Man Sentenced to Prison for Rape of Juveniles

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Guernsey County man has been sentenced to spend a decade in prison after pleading guilty to raping two juveniles. John M. Dugan, 43, of Cambridge pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of rape and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor. Guernsey County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Padden sentenced Dugan Thursday to ten years in prison.

One Animal Fatality in Dennison House Fire

– An initial call for a smoke investigation led the Dennison Fire Department to a fire at 27 S Fourth Street in the Village of Dennison. Officials rescued four dogs and one of two cats that occupied the residence. Chief McConnell estimates $6,000 in damage to the property. Uhrichsville Fire Department, Smith Ambulance, and the Red Cross were all on hand to assist

NP Seeking Funding for Wabash Repairs

-   The City of New Philadelphia is hoping grant funding will help them to make necessary repairs along Wabash Avenue. The pipes on Wabash Avenue are over 70 years old, and the City has decided to replace those existing, yet outdated, water and sewer lines. The work is contingent on funding from an OPWC grant. Out of the total cost of $750,000 for the project, New Philadelphia is applying for up to $500,000.


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Missing man located

Tiltonsville, Ohio - Officials say a York Township man that had been reported missing from Tuscarawas County has been found safe in Jefferson County. The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department reports that 42-year-old Doney R. Raines was found in Titusville near the border of West Virginia on Wednesday after using a food card at Save a Lot supermarket. 

Positive case of rabies found in raccoon in Tuscarawas County

Area public health officials are reporting the first case of animal rabies in Tuscarawas County. On Wednesday afternoon, the Tuscarawas County Health Department was notified by the Ohio Department of Agriculture that a deceased raccoon that had been collected near Echo Lake Road in Warren Township near Goshen Township has tested positive for Raccoon Rabies Variant (RRV). The department is asking residents to report any raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes or bobcats displaying strange behavior found in either township and surrounding areas by calling 330-343-5550 or emailing

United Way of Tuscarawas County to host school supply collection

New Philadelphia, Ohio - The United Way of Tuscarawas County is partnering with HARCATUS Head Start to collect school supplies for area preschoolers as part of the second-annual Stuff the Bus campaign. Donations will be collected this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be distributed at a later date to Head Start classes throughout Tuscarawas County. 

Indian Valley educator named Teacher of the Year

Gnadenhutten, Ohio - Indian Valley High School English teacher Lisa Wolfe has been recognized by the Ohio Board the Department of Education as the 2019 Teacher of the Year for District 9. She and 10 other regional awardees will have the chance to be named the 2019 Ohio Teacher of the Year this fall.

Tusc Visitor Center Gets Make-Over

- Facade improvements are coming to the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The front of the downtown New Philadelphia location will feature 21 iconic buildings within the county. Executive Director Dee Grossman says the idea is to memorialize these buildings, whether still in existence or not. Donations will cover the $55,000 work and should be completed within 90 days

Newcomerstown Industrial Park Expanding

– The Industrial Park in Newcomerstown is expanding with a new distribution center for 31 Inc. The new distribution center will sit on a 17-acre site. No official date has been given for when this project will be finished.


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Ohio Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday

Clothing and school supply purchases will be exempt from sales tax during Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday this weekend. The holiday starts Friday at midnight and ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Tax-exempt items include clothing items priced at $75 or less and school supplies priced at $20 per item or less


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Dover schools headed back to the ballot

During a special meeting on July 31, the Dover Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 5-year, 8.9-mill additional tax levy on the ballot for the November 6 general election. The levy will be used to cover current expenses and is expected approximately $3.57 million annually for the district.

Tusc Sheriff looking for missing York Township man

Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the public for assistance in locating a missing person with disabilities. Doney R. Raines, 42, of York Township, is believed to have left his Stonecreek Road apartment on a bicycle sometime between 1:30 and 5 p.m. on July 26 and may be attempting to travel to West Virginia. Anyone with information should contact Detective Adam Fisher at 330-339-2000. 

Authorities Searching for Missing Juvenile

– The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for 15-year-old juvenile Samuel J. Walters. Walters is approximately 5 foot 7, 118 pounds with blonde hair and green eyes. Officials have been searching the area of CR 495 near US 36 after receiving a call of a missing 15-year-old Saturday morning at 12:02 am.

OhioMeans Jobs Offers Money Workshop

- Three businesses are partnering to bring a financial workshop for area residents. “Master Your Money – Simple Tips to Improve Cash Flow” will offer methods to reach financial goals. This is the second time they have collaborated with United Way of Tuscarawas and Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union to host this workshop. The August 2nd workshop from 10 am to noon will be at the OhioMeans Jobs New Philadelphia office on Monroe Street.

Indian Valley Student Elected to Teen Ambassador Board

- A local student is one of over 300 students to be named to the Ohio Attorney General Office’s Teen Ambassador Board. Participants represent more than 160, and Vanessa Sanders will represent Indian Valley Schools and Tuscarawas County. The Board is open to Ohio high school students, who are elected after an applications process. The Attorney General Teen Ambassador Board gives future leaders an inside look at Ohio law and government


TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and storms, Hi 80 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, showers and storms still possibly, Lo 64 TUESDAY: Showers and storms, Hi 79 WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers, Hi 81

Fort Laurens Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Honored

– Residents are asked to join Sons of the American Revolution chapters for a ceremony recognizing the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot at a local fort. As a way to memorialize the unknown casualties of the Revolution, the Tomb at Fort Lauren is a symbol of the soldier unable to be identified. The Sons of the American Revolution will visit Fort Laurens Saturday, July 28th from 11am to noon. Community members can visit the free ceremony that includes speakers, a color and honor guard, and a laying of the wreath.

12-Year-Old Boy Drowned at Camp

– A 12-year-old boy drowned Wednesday afternoon at Round Lake Christian Camp. The Ashland County Coroner identified the boy as Melvin Aborbie of Pickerington. According to Ashland County Officials, the dive team recovered Aborbie’s body at 5:23 pm. Aborbie was pronounced dead at the scene. Aborbie was participating in the water activities associated with a basketball camp.

New Phila Fire Department Quickly Contains Condo Fire

- The New Philadelphia Fire Department was able to contain a structure fire quickly on Wednesday evening. The department was called to 213 Clubside Lane NW Wednesday around 5:30pm. Uhrichsville, Sugarcreek and Bolivar were on scene to assist, evacuating residents, while New Philadelphia was able to extinguish the blaze. The fire appears to have started on the exterior of the 10-unit structure. The apartment where the fire began was vacant, and there were no injuries due to the fire. Besides the smoke smell in some of the apartments, no personal contents in the units were damaged.


TODAY: Partly cloudy Hi 81 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 59 SATURDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 78 SUNDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 79

Annual Corn Fest Opens in Strasburg

- The two-day festival begins this Friday featuring live music and a car show. The 37th Annual Strasburg Corn Festival creates a fun, family atmosphere at Franklin Park. To start the event on Friday, Ren will provide music on the gazebo stage at the car show, that has a $10 entry fee, sets up from 5 pm until 9:30 pm. Contests continue into Saturday at 8 am with a three on three basketball tournament, children’s games at 10:30 am, a corn eating contest at the gazebo at 12:30 pm with registration starting at 11 am, and the evening wraps up with music by Badstone from 8 pm to 11 pm at the beer garden stage. There is no admission charge and parking is free.

New Phila Mosquito Spraying

– Beginning at dusk Thursday evening, mosquito spraying will take place in the northeast section of New Philadelphia. Residents with respiratory problems should take appropriate precautions. In the event of rain, high winds, or cold temperatures spraying will be postponed.

Hospice Garage Sale Accepting Donations

– Donations are now being accepted for the annual Community Hospice Giant Garage Sale at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Those who are wanting to donate should plan to enter through the Tuscarawas Avenue entrance to drop off all donations. Donations can be anything from furniture, household goods, and artwork, to jewelry and clothing, as well as big-ticket items; boats, motorcycles, or even cars. A tax write off is also available for all donations accepted. contact Mona at (330)343-7605 for more information


TODAY: Gradually increasing clouds, Hi 85 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies, chance for showers and storms, Lo 62 FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 80 Partly cloudy skies, Hi 78

Indian Valley Progressing on New Stadium

- The Indian Valley School District is looking for the community’s support for a new stadium project in Gnadenhutten. The Board of Education approved a 2-mill bond issue, estimated around $7-million over 28 years, to construct a new football stadium near the high school. The issue will be on the November ballot, but Superintendent Ira Wentworth assures residents that, because of a current project bond issue expiring, the community will see no new taxes.

Man Sentenced for Corrupting Another with Drugs

– A reserved sentence was handed down for a 27-year-old charged in connection with the death of a Dennison man. Robert Bayliss pleaded no contest in June to the amended charge of corrupting another with drugs. Bayliss was sentenced Monday for the 3rd-degree felony. According to the charge, in 2017, Bayliss provided a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to a 29-year-old from Dennison. 

New Philadelphia School to Place Renewal on Ballot

– New Philadelphia school district is taking steps to place a five-year renewal on the November ballot. This levy is for general operating expenses within the School system. The board has to approve three resolutions in order to put the levy on in November. There will be one more action that the board has to take. It will be a renewal, no additional taxes, and for general operating expenditures. The school board is waiting on the official ballot language from the State Auditor.


TODAY: Partly to mostly cloudy skies, Hi 82 TONIGHT: Gradually clearing skies, Lo 67 THURSDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 85 FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, clearing towards the afternoon, Hi 78

One Transported After Motorcycle Accident

– A woman is in the hospital with unknown injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Sugarcreek Township. State Highway Patrol responded to Golf Course Road NW around 11:40am. The motorcycle, driven by a Sugarcreek man, was traveling eastbound, attempting to make a right turn. During the course of that turn, he lost control and the bike overturned, both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the bike. The passenger was transported by Med-Flight to Akron General Hospital and her condition is unknown. The driver did not have protective gear on; however, the passenger was wearing a helmet

Dover Library Prepares for Renovations

– The main adult section at Dover Public Library will move to their community room as renovations begin. This work is part of the library’s Capital Campaign to update the library’s electrical system and remodel several sections. The adult section is closed but books are still available in the community room. The adult section will move again once remodeling work is finished.

No Major Injuries in Two-Vehicle Crash

– No one was seriously hurt during a Sunday accident involving two-vehicles near Bolivar. The accident occured at milepost 93 on I-77 just before 12:40pm. Two different vehicles, both heading southbound, were involved. Two people, both in the at-fault vehicle, received non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital. The at-fault driver will be cited for an improper lane change


TODAY: Mix of sun & clouds throughout the day,PM thunderstorms likely, Hi 82 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, showers & thunderstorms likely, Lo 62 WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, scattered showers possible, Hi 80 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 84  

Two Day Closure Expected for SR 93

- Commuters traveling on SR 93 in Sugarcreek will need to seek an alternate route beginning Today, July 23rd. The Ohio Department of Transportation will close the intersection at Hickory Dr. starting at 8:00am on Monday and Tuesday. Crews will be working on a culvert replacement until 4:00pm both days.

Humane Society Hosts First Car Show

– Proceeds from a car show will go back to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society. The event takes place Friday, July 27th in Dover and all community members are invited to join the festivities. It’s $10 per car and registration is from 3pm to 5pm at 424 W. Third Street in Dover, and the automobiles will be on display throughout the event from 4pm to 9pm. The evening also includes live music by The Next, food trucks, and auction items.

Claymont Library Purchases Building

– Claymont Library is seeing growth and to accommodate, they have purchased the adjoining church building, after the Dennison Rotary donated the full amount of $50,000. They will now start on renovation projects to expand their technology area. The building has three levels. The primary remodel focus will be on the main floor. The Claymont Library will remain open during the renovations but they may have to close for a couple of days.


TODAY: chance of scattered afternoon & evening showers, Hi 82 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers, Lo 67 TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, showers possible, Hi 83 WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies, Hi 82 

Schoenbrunn Hosts Frontier Skills Day

– Residents are invited to step back in time to learn about what life was like on the Ohio frontier. This Saturday at Schoenbrunn Village, adults and children can learn everyday 18th century skills including fire starting, candle making, woodworking, and hunting skills. Each skill session begins on the hour starting at 10 am and runs for 45 minutes. Registration is not required for the frontier skill sessions that run at the same time. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for those 60 or older, and $4 for children ages 6 to 17.

Condo Subdivision Plan Changes to Housing Project

– Residential homes will be built instead of a condominium subdivision in New Philadelphia on 2nd Street NW. At a Planning Commission Meeting, Gary Lawver with Lawver Construction proposed that housing units would be a better market in the city. According to Service Director Ron McAbier the single-family housing was approved by the commission. There will be 25 single-family homes with roughly 1,400 square feet per home.

Manufacturing Week Capped Off with Festival

– Tuscarawas County seventh and eighth graders have been exploring the world of manufacturing at the Tuscarawas County Dale Lauren Foland Manufacturing Camp this week.  To cap off the week, they will host a manufacturing festival at Tuscora Park on Saturday. The first 500 people will be the judging committee and decide who has the best ribs in Tuscarawas County. The festival will take place from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.


TODAY: Partly sunny, showers likely and possible a storm, Hi 78 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, showers and a chance of storms, Lo 68 SATURDAY:  Mostly cloudy, showers and possibly a storm, Hi 76 SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy, showers likely and a chance of storms late, Hi 75 MONDAY: Partly sunny, a chance of showers and storms, Hi 85  

Officials Investigate US 250 Crash

– Motorists traveling on US 250 through New Philadelphia were held at a standstill for almost two hours during rush hour traffic yesterday. The crash occurred just after 6:00 pm near mile marker 15. It involved a semi-truck and a pickup truck. The pickup truck rear-ended the semi-truck. The New Philadelphia Fire Department said crews did not have to extricate the driver from his pickup truck. MedFlight was called for the driver of the pickup truck. He was flown to Akron General Hospital with unknown injuries. The semi-truck driver was cited for slow speed or impeding traffic. The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Tusc EMA Brings in Course for Business Planning

– The Tuscarawas County Emergency Management Agency is providing a class to help businesses develop to form a blueprint for unplanned events. The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) creates a system of prevention and recovery for companies to deal with potential threats. Tusc EMA Director Alex McCarthy says that the eight-hour, instructor-led course is happening today. The goal is to teach local business owners how to write an effective emergency plan that fits their type of company.

Additional Pools Test Positive for West Nile Virus

– The Tuscarawas County Health Department was notified Monday of four additional pools of mosquitos that tested positive for the West Nile Virus. This comes after the first initial pool was discovered earlier this month in Warren Township. Health officials have been conducting surveillance throughout the county since late spring by collecting traps of mosquitos. The Health Department will be responding to the positive pools by following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Beginning Thursday, July 19th, spraying will occur more than once within a two-mile radius of the positive locations. Horse owners are also advised to contact their local veterinarian to have their animals vaccinated against the West Nile Virus.


TODAY: Sunny, Hi 78 TONIGHT: Clear, Lo 55 THURSDAY: Sunny, Hi 83 FRIDAY: Partly sunny, a chance of PM showers and storms, Hi 86 

Newcomerstown Boil Alert Issued

– Newcomerstown officials have issued a boil alert following a water main break Saturday evening. Assistant Water Superintendent Jeff Walters said a top came off of a valve which led to heavy flooding in the area of West Main Street and Bridge Street near Huntington Bank. They have it repaired but lost all of the water in both of the reservoirs. It is estimated that 4,000 residents were without water. The water is not safe until the EPA certifies it through testing. Water used for drinking, cooking, or even brushing your teeth needs to be boiled for at least one to three minutes before usage. The boil alert is in effect until further notice.

Gateway Entrance Construction Begins at KSU Tusc

– A plan to ease traffic congestion due to growth at a local campus has begun and completion is expected by 2019. Phase 1 of a master plan creates a new entrance to the Kent State University at Tuscarawas campus. The new divided entrance and exit to the campus are along E. High Avenue; however, Founder’s Drive will remain the primary access roadway. Other phases include new sports fields, student housing, additional academic buildings, and more parking lots

Circle K Building Comes Down

Construction is progressing for a Uhrichsville gas service station. The Circle K site in Uhrichsville is under development as crews work to move the gas station building and pumps for a new look. City Mayor Rick Dorland says that the demolition and rebuild are around a $4 million investment. New underground storage tanks will also be installed. No timeline was available for when the Uhrichsville gas station would re-open.


TODAY: Partly sunny, Hi 84 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 60 WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 79 THURSDAY: Sunny, Hi 82 

Three in Custody for Controlled Substances

– Early Friday morning, Uhrichsville Police responded to a fight related call at the Red Roof Inn. No one was located; however, while doing a search, officers observed a man rummaging through a vehicle. After identifying the man, officials were notified that he had a felony warrant out of Lorain. A foot chase ensued but was brief after K9 Recon apprehend him. Without further incident, the man was taken into custody. Dennison K9 Officer Keller responded during this call and assisted with a vehicle sweep that the man had been in that was also occupied by two women. K9 Bronco sniffed the vehicle and alerted. Officers located controlled substances and the women were also taken into custody, and all three are facing drug charges.

Crews Prepare for I-77 Bridge Project

– Workers with Shelly and Sands Inc. will start preparation work Monday, July 16th for a repair project. The Ohio Department of Transportation notes that the bridge on Interstate 77 is over State Route 258 south of Newcomerstown. One 12 foot lane will be maintained during the preparation work. ODOT adds the work on Monday is to construct crossovers for traffic flow during the bridge work for both the north and southbound bridges on I-77 that will begin after Labor Day. The completion date for the total project is expected by the end of July 2019

Authorities Identify Body as Male

– Officials are looking for information regarding a severely decomposed body that was discovered Wednesday evening in Dover. Dover Police Detective Captain Chad Mower said the body was found west of West 8thStreet and Center around 5:30 pm by two children who were playing in the woods.  The body was transported to the Stark County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. The Stark County Coroner said there were no signs of trauma but they are still unable to identify the age, race, and identity of the body. “We ask that anybody in the community that may have any information on someone that is missing or this subject, feel free to call us here at the Dover Police Department.” Captain Mower said there were no signs of foul play at the scene. Authorities will continue gathering information with this investigation in order to obtain the identity.


TODAY: Increasing clouds, scattered showers and storms, mainly after 2 pm, Hi 87 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, PM showers and storms likely, Lo 70 TUESDAY:  Gradually becoming sunny, Hi 82 WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 77 

Body Discovered, Investigation Begins

– Detectives are searching for clues surrounding the discovery of a body. Dover police units were called Wednesday around 5:30 PM to the 800 block of Center Street. The body was found in a wooded area. Evidence was collected and the body was transported to the Stark County coroners office for an autopsy. It appeared that body had been at that location for awhile. No further information is available at this time as detectives conduct their investigation.

Checkpoint Planned in Tuscarawas County

– State Highway Patrol Troopers will be out in the community sometime this week for an OVI checkpoint. The sobriety stop is to educate, deter, and intercept impaired drivers. New Philadelphia Post Lt. Mark Glennon points out that the checkpoints are to get the message out about the dangers of drinking and driving. He adds that going through the sobriety checkpoint does not take long. The exact location for the checkpoint is not revealed until the day of

City’s Application for Airport Hangar Loan Approved

– Harry Clever Airport will have a new 12-bay airplane hangar once bids go out. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s State Infrastructure Bank notified the City of New Philadelphia recently of the loan application approval. Mayor Joel Day explains the 20-year agreement had the lowest interest rate at 3% for the loan duration. For the new hangar, the Airport Commission confirmed 12 aircraft owner commitments to fill the spaces. Three individuals are current renters and the remainder are plane owners who live in the area but currently house their aircraft at another airport.


- TODAY: Sunny, Hi 84 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 60 FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 88 SATURDAY: Mostly sunny, a slight chance of PM showers and storms, Hi 91 SUNDAY: Partly sunny, a chance of afternoon showers and storms, Hi 89


- TODAY: Sunny, Hi 83 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 57 THURSDAY: Sunny, Hi 84 FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 89 SATURDAY: Partly sunny and hot, a chance of PM showers and storms, Hi 90

Separate Appeals Dismissed by 5th District Court

– Two men sentenced in unconnected cases filed complaints with the 5th District Court of Appeals and the judges have ruled in favor of the local court. Randy Vento, who is serving a life in prison term for a 2016 attack on a Mineral City boy, appealed with the belief that two mistakes were made during his trial. The second appeal involved Kenneth Baugh. He is serving 15 years in prison for fleeing and shooting at Uhrichsville Police Officers in 2016. Ernest points out that Baugh claimed the jury made an error in their verdict. The 5th District Court of Appeals overruled the appeal filed by [Baugh and Vento] essentially ending the cases.

Officials Remind Residents of Neighborhood Watch Programs Following Burglary

  – The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a burglary that occurred early Wednesday morning in the city. Officials received a call from a concerned neighbor when they noticed a home being broken into next door. Once deputies arrived at the residence in the 1800 block of Chestnut Street, they noticed the suspect vehicle leaving the immediate area. A traffic stop was initiated but the driver jumped out and fled on foot into a wooded area. Both men were taken into custody without incident and their names will be released once formal charges are filed. Lt. Hettinger says the benefit of being a good neighbor can sometimes be life-saving.

West Nile Virus Found in Tuscarawas County

– The Tuscarawas County Health Department issued a notice Monday morning that a pool of mosquitos tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Health Department has been conducting surveillance throughout the county since late spring by collecting traps of mosquitos. Health Commissioner Katie Seward says this is the first positive result in Tuscarawas County this year. The Health Department will be responding to the positive pool by following the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Beginning Tuesday, July 10th, spraying will occur more than once within a two-mile radius in Warren Township. The Health Department was also notified by the Ohio Department of Health of a high count trap in Uhrichsville near the Water Park. Mosquito spraying will also begin on Tuesday in Uhrichsville near the water park. In addition, spraying will occur around 8:30pm at McCluskey Park in Dennison.

Claymont Hires New Superintendent

– A local school district has a new superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year.  Claymont School Board members voted 5-0 to approve a three-year contract to hire Scott Golec into the position. Monday evening, he thanked the board for the vote and the community’s support. Golec was one of eight candidates who ran for the superintendent job and is hired until July 31, 2021. He previously served as the principal at Claymont High School and Junior High School. Golec replaces John Rocchi, who is moving to a position with the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Volunteer Fire District Awarded Grant

– A local volunteer fire service was awarded a grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to purchase equipment to significantly reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses. The Delaware Valley Fire District was awarded over $27,321 to purchase one rescue spreader, one rescue cutter, one rescue ram, a combination tool and one energy pack accessory and case.


- TODAY: Mostly sunny, scattered showers and storms, Hi 87 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, scattered showers and storms, mainly before 7 pm, Lo 60 WEDNESDAY: Sunny, Hi 83 THURSDAY: Sunny, Hi 84

Final Co-Defendant Sentenced in Luke Cabbage’s Murder

Compelling viewpoints during the Friday afternoon sentencing of Kyle Boyd caused Judge Edward O’Farrell to take almost half an hour to consider the outcome for the charges of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy in the death of 19-year-old Luke Cabbage. Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Mike Ernest asked the judge to give the maximum penalty of seven years. Ernest stated that the heart of the case stems from Boyd’s excessive use of drugs on the night of September 11, 2017, leading up to the shooting, the indication that they had been friends for at least a year, and that Boyd had some knowledge a gun was being taken to the drug buy. Judge O’Farrell sentenced Boyd to four years in prison with the possibility of release after 18-months. Co-defendant Arnoldo Orduno is spending a life sentence in prison for the Newcomerstown murder and co-defendant Jordan Robinson is spending seven years in prison.


- TODAY: Gradually clearing skies, Hi 79, TONIGHT: Clear, Lo 55, SATURDAY: Sunny, Hi 79, SUNDAY: Sunny, Hi 84

Troopers Investigate Fatal I-77 Crash

– Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers are investigating a two-vehicle crash that left two men dead. On Saturday, New Philadelphia Post units responded around 3:25PM on Interstate 77 near milepost 82, at Dover. An SUV driven by Walter Banks, of Canton, was traveling northbound in the southbound left lane. A Toyota minivan southbound on I-77, driven by Mohammed Luft-Abdullah Al-Samet, from Detroit, Michigan, was hit head on by Banks. The Assistant Tuscarawas County Coroner was on scene and Banks was pronounced dead. Al-Samet was transported to Union Hospital and was later pronounced deceased. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and Troopers do not suspect alcohol or drugs in the on-going investigation.

Officials Urge Residents to Celebrate Safely

– Ahead of the Fourth of July celebration, the New Philadelphia Fire Department encourages residents to follow a few safety tips. Firework injuries account for a large portion of emergency room visits this time of year. Sparklers account for roughly ¼ of emergency room firework injuries. It’s really important to be careful if you have children using those, make sure they are supervised. More than 18,500 reported fires a year are caused by fireworks. State law allows Ohioans to purchase fireworks but you must have a license to set them off. While Fireworks are a fun and patriotic way to celebrate, officials want residents to celebrate safely

Farmers Market Date Changes

– The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market’s date is changed due to Independence Day. The normal Wednesday event will be featured at the Dover Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 3rd. The Market will still be held from 3 pm until 7 pm allowing consumers to get their holiday produce. This Market is also Senior/Veterans Day which allows veterans of any age and shoppers ages 62 and older to get $5 in Carrot Cash free by stopping at the information booth


TODAY: Partly sunny, a chance of showers and PM storms, Hi 88 TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy, a chance of showers and storms, Lo 72 TUESDAY: Partly sunny, a chance of showers and PM storms, Hi 91 INDEPENDENCE DAY: Partly sunny and hot, a slight chance of PM showers and storms, Hi 92

Gnadenhutten Man’s Death Ruled Homicide

– The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of 62-year-old David Robinson as a homicide. Robinson died October 22nd in an Akron hospital a week after he was beaten while mowing his lawn in Gnadenhutten. Robinson was assaulted by 30-year-old Joshua Lippencott, of Gnadenhutten, who was driving by when he got out of his vehicle and punched Robinson one time in the face. According to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, Robinson had pushed his lawnmower out into the roadway to turn around. Forensics show that Robinson died from post-traumatic meningitis as a result of complications from facial bone trauma.

Adults Asked to Mentor Local Youth

– Volunteers are needed to mentor Tuscarawas County children to improve their lives and give them someone to look up to. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio has been serving youth since 1973 with a total of 6,500 mentors involved in 44 years. Getting involved is a unique opportunity to make a difference, to be there for someone, and to give them opportunities. BBBS reports that more than 70% of Littles waiting for a matched role model are boys. Those interested in getting involved can visit

Award Winning Elvis Entertainer Offers Free Show

– The Tuscarawas County Public Library will be rocking out this Saturday at 1:00pm to some familiar tunes. International award-winning performer and Akron native, Caesare Belvano will put on his critically acclaimed Elvis show for residents. Belvano has been performing for over 30 years, making appearances on Good Morning America and in Las Vegas. Photo opportunities and a meet-and-greet will be available following the show. Space is limited for this event, so those interested are encouraged to call the library to register.


- TODAY: Sunny, Hi 88 TONIGHT: Clear, Lo 66 SATURDAY: Sunny and hot, Hi 92 SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and hot, Hi 92 MONDAY: Mostly sunny, a chance of showers and PM storms, Hi 92

Boat Ramp Construction goes to Bid

– Two construction projects on the Tuscarawas River should be complete for water activities next year. Plans are finalized to add boat ramps in the City of New Philadelphia to boost recreational activities. Service Director Ron McAbier says that design drawings for the Carlisle and Coniglio property boat ramps were confirmed with Quicksall and Associates. Construction completion is expected by the end of 2018. The ramps will be located on State Route 416 and South Broadway. The city’s cost share for both projects is around $144,000 and the remaining funding is from a Clean Ohio Grant.

OhioMeansJobs Offers Special Workshop for Job Seekers

– Job seekers in Tuscarawas and Stark Counties will now have an opportunity to get work-ready methods at a free workshop. Those interested in learning more about skills and personal qualities that employers are seeking are encouraged to register by calling (330)433-9675 in Canton or (330)364-9777 in New Philadelphia. The workshops will be held Friday, June 29th from 10am-11:30am at the Canton office located at 822 30th Street NW and at the New Philadelphia office located at 1260 Monroe Street.

Mayors Discuss Guns in Schools

– The fear of shootings in schools is still on the minds of mayors and what possible solutions are. During a Mayor’s Association of Ohio meeting, this topic was brought up and those in attendance, including New Philadelphia’s mayor, spoke of their concerns. Earlier this year in February, law enforcement responded to multiple school districts in Tuscarawas County, including Claymont and New Philadelphia, after bomb and shooting threats were found.


TODAY: Partly sunny, Hi 82 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 62 FRIDAY: Sunny, Hi 87 SATURDAY: Sunny, Hi 94 SUNDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 92

City Continues Spraying for Mosquito’s

– With weather permitting, mosquito spraying will take place in sections of New Philadelphia. The Health District says on Tuesday, June 26th, spraying will occur in the southeast and southwest sections of the city, with adjacent areas of Tuscora Park, Shelmar Mobile Home Park, Schoenbrunn Village, and Goshen Township. Crews will begin at dusk but, in the event, of rain, high winds, or colder temperatures the spraying will be postponed. Anyone with a respiratory problem should take precaution.

County Releases 2017 Water Quality Report

– Customers can now view the full water quality report for four Tuscarawas County water systems. Tuscarawas County Metropolitan District officials note that there are no issues with the results in all districts. Overall, there were not any quality violations in the water district. The Metropolitan District has set daily operations workers to perform to ensure a high water quality standard

Ohio House Recognizes Kent State Tuscarawas’ 50th Anniversary

- A local University branch is celebrating their historical 50thanniversary and Ohio leaders are honoring this achievement. Kent State University at Tuscarawas Dean Brad Bielski attended a meeting at the Ohio House recently where 98th District Representative Al Landis and Senator Jay Hottinger spoke about the milestone. 


- TODAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 78 TONIGHT: Mostly clear, Lo 58 TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 81 WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with showers and storms, Hi 80

Tuscarawas County - Hepatitis A: What You Need To Know

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

Drugs Influences Shooting after Theft

– A 25-year-old is facing charges after an accidental shooting and theft. Last weeks shooting in the 400 block of North Broadway resulted in Frank Heldt accidentally shooting himself in his lower leg. Prior to this, the  New Philadelphia Police Department reports that Heldt and another man had stolen a personal safe at a residence in the 700 block of North Broadway. Once opening the safe, they retrieved a handgun, and due to being under the influence of narcotics Heldt shot himself. Expected charges are theft of a firearm, safe cracking, and having a weapon while under disability. Two other men are expected to be charged.

WWI Hero Celebrates 100th Birthday

– Children and adults are invited to learn about the remarkable story of Private Bing, a bulldog who inadvertently saved lives during World War I. The Dennison Railroad Depot is celebrating the bulldog’s 100th birthday on Friday, June 22nd. Bing was wounded twice in the line of duty and eventually retired in the Dennison area with the Gray brothers. He is buried at Union Cemetery in Uhrichsville. The birthday party will be at the museum from 10am to noon

New Philadelphia’s 17th Annual Farmer’s Market

– An annual farmers market is ready to kick-off their 17th season. The New Philadelphia sale will take place every Tuesday morning from 7:30 am to 11 am, will take place in the main parking lot at Tuscora Park. This weekly event will run from July 10th through September 25th.


- TODAY Partly sunny, Hi 79 TONIGHT: 70% chance of showers, Lo 66 FRIDAY:80% chance of storms in the evening, Hi 73, Lo 65 SATURDAY: Showers likely, thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hi 75, Lo 64 SUNDAY: Partly sunny with thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, Hi 80, Lo 62

ICE arrests 146 people in raids at meat supplier in Canton, Massillon, Salem

According to ICE, 146 undocumented immigrants were arrested during raids at four Fresh Mark facilities in Massillon, Canton and Salem. The agency says Tuesday's enforcement action is part of a year-long, ongoing investigation based on evidence that Fresh Mark may have knowingly hired undocumented immigrants at its meat processing and packaging facility, and that many are utilizing fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. citizens.

New Philadelphia Intersection to see Major Improvements

– Motorists will soon see a major improvement to the traffic flow at the Interstate 77, US 250, and West High Ave interchange. ODOT will begin work on Thursday, June 21st. SR 39 will be reduced to one lane of traffic between CR 21 and the I-77 northbound/ US 250 westbound off-ramp. The upgrades at this intersection will include additional and expanded lanes. This includes new traffic signals, and a revamp of the Park n’ Ride with additional parking spaces. ODOT expects to have this project completed by October 31st.

City Health Dept. Files for Accreditation

– A local health department officially submitted an application for a state-mandated accreditation this week ahead of the July 1st deadline. The application process consists of three pre-requisites of a completed health community assessment, a community health plan, and a strategic plan. The process was mandated for all state health department by Ohio Governor John Kasich. - Mary Alice Reporting


TODAY: Cloudy, showers and storms likely, mainly after 1 pm, Hi 81 TONIGHT: Cloudy, scattered showers and storms, mainly before 8 pm, Lo 59 THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, Hi 81 FRIDAY: Cloudy, showers and storms likely, mainly after 10 am, Hi 78

Sheriff’s Office Search for Wanted Men

A neighboring sheriff’s office is asking for help to locate two men considered armed and dangerous. According to the Coshocton County Office, they are actively looking for 32-year-old Todd McCoy, from the Coshocton area, and 24-year-old Dakota Grim, from the Kimbolton area. Both men are wanted for questioning in recent burglaries, as well as weapon charges. Residents with knowledge of a possible location for wither man is urged to contact the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office at 740-622-2411. Both are considered dangerous and possibly armed and should not be approached.

Design Plans Laid Out for School Playground

A new playground is expected to be ready for use this fall for students at Claymont Intermediate. The total cost for the new equipment and work is almost $100,000.


TODAY: Cloudy, scattered showers, with storms also possible after 2 pm, Hi 83 TONIGHT: Cloudy, a chance of showers and storms, Lo 66 WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy, showers and storms likely, Hi 80 THURSDAY: Partly sunny, Hi 81

BCC Seeks Donations for Drug-Free Program

     Buckeye Career Center strives to make their campuses a drug free environment by launching a new initiative. At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, BCC will begin a chapter of the Drug-Free Clubs of America program. This program will aim to promote a healthy living and drug-free lifestyle for teenagers. Once students have enrolled in the program, they will be drug tested periodically throughout the school year. Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll says the district is asking for assistance to help with the costs of this new program.

Uhrichsville Brings On board New Firefighter

A new addition to a local fire department will essentially ease the burden of a lot of overtime pay and not having enough manpower. Curtis McGarry recently passed his National Registry, becoming the newest paramedic to the Uhrichsville department. Fire Chief Justin Edwards says that this brings the full-time staff up to seven and then 15 volunteers. “We feel that this extra person will allow me to be here during the day which will bring our daytime staffing up. Our firemen work 24 hours on, 48 hours off.” By adding firefighters it helps to bring down the overtime hours per week and lessens staff from getting burnout and will help the unit get out to community events. Edwards notes that he is grateful for the city’s support and looks forward to what the future holds.

Miss Clayland Named 1st Runner-up to Miss Ohio

Matti-Lynn Chrisman of Cambridge was crowned Miss Ohio at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield Saturday evening.Among the 20 contestants vying for the crown was Madeline Carter, Miss Clayland who was named 1st runner-up.Executive Director of the Miss Clayland Scholarship Program Martha Campbell says they are incredibly pleased with how Carter represented this area.“She did a fantastic job and we are just so incredibly proud of her. How well she performed, how well she spoke, she was truly a very classy woman who represented our area very well.”Carter went home with a total of $6,300 in scholarship money.

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