6:57 AM - January 16th, 2018
CANCELLATIONS/DELAYS/POSTPONMENTS For Tuesday, January 16h
Buckeye Career Center, Conotton Valley Schools, Coshocton City Schools, Coshocton Sacred Heart, Dover, Garaway, Immaculate Conception, Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, Malvern, Ridgewood Schools, Sandy Valley, Strasburg, Starlight School, Tuscarawas Central Catholic Schools, Tusky Valley
Senior Center in Dover – 2-hour delay-opens at 10am
Gnadenhutten Library – opens at noon
HOMELESS SHELTER PROVIDING ESCAPE FROM COLD
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The Tuscarawas County Homeless Shelter has relaxed requirements in order to help those without a place to go during this cold snowy spell. Director Calvin White says the shelter will accommodate people in emergency situations, as some of the 36 beds there are still open. White says the shelter is always accepting donations for the homeless, especially winter gear now such as gloves, coats, and backpacks, but he says cash works best for shelter officials to spend for specific needs.
TROOPERS INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASHES
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - The State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash over the weekend just south of Beach City. The victim’s name has not yet been released. It happened at the intersection of US 250 and state route 93 at about 6:l0 pm saturday. Troopers say a semi-truck was southbound on State Route 93 and was attempting to make a left turn onto US 250 when a car traveling northwest on US 250 struck the semi’s trailer. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.
This follows a crash on I-77 Friday evening just inside Stark County that killed a Bolivar man. Troopers say 46-year-old Montgomery Miller was driving his pickup southbound when it went off the left side of the road and hit an embankment in Pike Township. That crash is also under investigation.
SOIL EXPERTS SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE
MINERAL CITY (WJER) - Residents of Tuscarawas County can learn more about the relationship of soil and our natural resources in an upcoming community meeting of the Huff Run Watershed. Watershed Coordinator Marissa Lautzenheiser says the location of Tuscarawas County makes its geology rich for the study of soil. Lautzenheiser says the scheduled speaker, Rick Griffin, a national resource conservationist, is known for his engaging style and his work in the classroom. She says the program will be held on January 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m at the Mineral City Fire Station.
MIDVALE POLICE CHIEF BACK TO FULL-TIME DUTY
MIDVALE (WJER) - Midvale Mayor Brian Cross was trying to put resident’s minds at ease Monday after dismissing village Police Chief Brian Anderson, the village’s last working officer at the time. Anderson has since been rehired to the department, nearly 24 hours after he was relieved. However Cross says safety measures are being taken in the village to keep residents protected in the meantime. Village officials are discussing whether the mayor has the power to dismiss the police chief, or if that decision must come from council.
JFS OFFERS TEMPORARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services officials are letting residents know they are there to help you through tough times. JFS Income Maintenance Worker Dawn Furniss says the Prevention, Retention and Contingency program, also know as PRC, offers temporary financial assistance on a number of expenses for those who are having trouble paying all their bills. Furniss says PRC can help people pay on a number of bills like automotive repairs, work expenses and more, but Furniss says the PRC program does come with some strict requirements that applicants must meet in order to receive any funding assistance. They must have children in the home, and have to be working or scheduled to return to a job that they work 20-hours a week or more. Funding for PRC is provided through federal grants that are distributed through the state to all 88-counties. Furniss says anyone who thinks they may qualify and are in need of that temporary financial assistance can call or visit JFS.
WRIGHT FLIGHT READY TO TAKE OFF
NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - An aviation program geared towards middle schoolers is back for another year of hands on instruction. Local EAA Chapter 1077 member Terry Henry says the Wright Flight Program is again giving kids a chance to learn more about the history of aviation through construction projects, discussion and even a real world flight at the end of the course. Henry says it shows kids the value of education by incorporating science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with something as exciting as flying. Henry says the program is free to attend, but he says the experience is priceless. He says kids will have a chance to get hands on control of a plane at the end of the course with a licensed FAA pilot. Anyone interested in signing their student up can do so by calling Henry directly at 330-340-2999.
AAA WARNS ABOUT COLD WEATHER AFFECTING OUR VEHICLES
UNDATED (WJER) - Auto Club AAA is telling drivers to keep their vehicles in proper working order with last week’s cold and wintry conditions popping up this week. Spokesman Jim Garrity says harsh weather puts your car at a higher risk of malfunction from wiper fluid freezing to blown tires while driving. Garrity says it’s best to try and prevent problems, but he says sometimes they are unavoidable. Garrity says you can conduct your own inspection to try and identify anything that may become an issue. HE says proper air pressure protects your tire from blowing out, and also provides better traction. He recommends taking your car to a shop for an in-depth inspection.
UHRICHSVILLE COUNCIL POSTING THREE VACANCIES
UHRICHSVILLE (WJER) - City council is looking to fill three vacant seats as soon as possible. Council President Pro Tempore Bob Baker says two council members had discrepancies in their petitions and could not run for re-election, leaving both wards one and two open for applicants. He says the outgoing members will fill those seats until someone can be appointed, and he says both council members plan to apply for the positions as well. Meanwhile, Baker says a council at large seat is currently unassigned as well. Baker says council will accept applications to fill the seats through January 12th, when they will begin consider the applicants to fill in those empty seats. Again that deadline to apply for the Ward 1, Ward 2, or Council at Large seat is Friday.