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8:39 AM - May 15th, 2018


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Partnership Created to Reconnect Railroad
New Philadelphia, Ohio – A task force has been assembled to discover a solution to possibly restore the railroad connection between Dennison and New Philadelphia. Members are tasked with the job to create a plan showing rail owner, CSX Railroad, the need and how the reconnection can be profitable for the company. City Mayor Joel Day says that the thought process began with conversations and the economic potential the transportation system has. Day adds that for the city, there is the potential to create a railroad station hub along the line. The railway is abandoned between Midvale and Dennison with about 1.6 miles of track that needs replaced costing up to $2 million. Dennison Depot Museum Director Wendy Zucal points out that the restoration would be beneficial for not only New Phila but for the depot. “It would allow us to do excursions north on the line so that we can connect the Dennison Depot with Schoenbrunn and things in New Philadelphia all the way up to Dover. It’s always been a big dream of ours to do train rides back and forth between Warther’s.” Along with Day and Zucal, Task Force members are Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Robinson, OMEGA Executive Director Jeannette Wierzbicki (Wears-bick-e), Blair Hillyer with the County CIC, local railroad consultant Mike Conner, and Economic Development Director Scott Reynolds. - Mary Alice Reporting





Annual College for Kids Program Offered at Kent State Tuscarawas
New Philadelphia, Ohio – A fun an exciting program is back again for kids wanting to go to college this summer. College for Kids is a program offered at Kent State University at Tuscarawas each summer. Kent State Business and Communications Services Representative Cindy Supers pointed out that there are a variety of classes for all ages. “It’s for students who have completed Kindergarten through 3rd grade. We also will offer classes for those in 4th grade through 6th grade. And then this year will offer a class called Safe Sitter, which is actually a registered program for those in grades 6th through 8th.” From web design and emergency room exploration to ninja warrior instructions and strategies to learning to live like the settlers of the Schoenbrunn Village, there are over a dozen classes for children to choose from. Morning and afternoon courses are available. Participants who receive free or reduced lunches may apply for a scholarship to attend CFK. To register visit Registration deadline is June 11th. - Michele Spring Reporting






BCC Student Wins National Title
New Philadelphia, Ohio – Buckeye Career Center’s Garaway Accounting program has received a national title. Karson Schrock, of Sugarcreek, placed first in the nation at the 2018 Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll explained what procedures were required to win. “He beat over 60 students in payroll accounting and was able to achieve that national championship title. So we’re really excited for him. Some of the things he had to do were data processing, manual payroll procedures, calculating earnings and all of those things that come with accounting.” Schrock, a senior, plans to pursue a degree in Accounting. Also gaining top honors was the Parliamentary Procedure team from the Buckeye Business Academy. - Michele Spring Reporting





City of Massillon Completes Affinity Medical Center Deal
Massillon, Ohio – The City of Massillon settled an agreement which was approved unanimously by Massillon City Council. Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry announced in a press release that the deeds to the various properties and main hospital equipment were transferred over to the city. Catazaro-Perry stated, “We look forward to working with multiple interested groups to rapidly identify a long-term solution for the community.” In their prepared statement, they did not release specific plans for the equipment or properties. - Michele Spring Reporting





Firefighters say they have learned the techniques that can lead to an improved coordinated response when arriving to save someone trapped in a car crash. Captain Matt Tharp says all New Philadelphia firefighters have now been through advanced extrication training following this year’s course that was offered during a recent weekend in Dayton. Firefighter Jamie Burgasser says the training gave her a new perspective as she was taught a number of skills to better approach each scene.  





It is a transitional time of year for Leadership Tuscarawas. The program that was created to develop passionate, visionary leaders to strengthen the community has 16 members in the class of 2018 graduating tomorrow in a ceremony at KSU Founders Hall.  Board member Scott Heil says they are also in full recruitment mode for 2019. Classes start in August and they have room for up to 30 participants. 





Trumpet in the Land is beginning preparations for this year’s round of outdoor theatrical productions. General Manager Margaret Bonamico says volunteers are getting the stage ready while she is trying to secure a place for the out-of-town actors to live while they’re here for the summer months.They have a loaded schedule this year that includes two additional musicals, They need living arrangements for about 15 performers who are arriving at the end of this month.   





TuscBDD Enters into Partnership Grant
New Philadelphia, Ohio (WTUZ) – Local agencies are working to reduce the number of youth with disabilities placed in out-of-county residential homes. The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities received an almost $38,000 grant for one-year to address the placement needs of youth with developmental disabilities and intensive behavioral needs. TuscBDD Superintendent Nate Kamban explains the funding will be invested in a local respite provide so that these dual-diagnosed children can stay closer to home. “This is a great benefit to the county. It allows us to strengthen some of our resources here and hopefully keep families together. What we’re really tasked to do this year is to see how we can make this sustainable in the long-term.” The money will be invested into Alco Services, a local youth provider, to provide training for hard-to-service youth in the county. “Who might have more intense needs. We’re also going to have some training countywide for parents or school districts that might be dealing with some really significant behavioral issues from some of the kids that they serve. We’re really hoping to see a lot of benefit for Alco but then for the county in general.” Kamban notes that there are not many local providers able to serve high-need children and currently, the equipped residential placement is hours away. TuscBDD is partnering with Carroll County’s Board of DD, Personal Family Counseling services, the Tuscarawas County Family and Children First Council, and Alco Services LLC. - Mary Alice Reporting









Classes Offered to Promote Mental Health Awareness Month
Dover, Ohio (WTUZ) – The month of May is recognized at “Mental Health Awareness Month.” The Behavioral Health Center at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital is partnering with a local yoga studio to promote the benefits of yoga for both mental and physical health. Social Worker Leslie Blake says yoga is often recommended for patients dealing with mental health problems. “We know the benefits of yoga can help with anxiety and depression. They can also boost memory and they improve concentration. So a lot of times the practice of yoga can be incorporated into the treatment of mental health to reduce symptoms and provide benefits – physical and mental health benefits.” These free events will take place May 6th at Dover’s Crater Stadium and May 20th at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium in New Philadelphia. Blake encourages beginners or those who are considering yoga for the first time to come join them during one of these dates. “To come to this event, you could have never stepped foot on a yoga mat and you are definitely welcome to come. There will be accommodations made so you can do the activities and exercises. Anyone can benefit from this, first timers are welcome.”  For more information, call the Behavioral Health Center at Union Hospital at (330) 308-3700. - Michele Spring Reporting





Dover Library Features Local Author
Dover, Ohio (WTUZ) – A Sugarcreek author will provide an informational program as she talks about her book and the writing process.“Joshua: Life After Theos” was published at the end of 2017 and is Patricia Miller’s first novel. Miller explains that the book follows the life of Joshua who breaks the planets government rules by going to earth. “He basically steals a spacecraft and makes his way to earth but the fun part of it, he doesn’t realize that his ex-girlfriend is secretly stowed away on this craft. Joshua does the unthinkable, he falls in love with a female earthling and he has all kinds of internal struggles.” The Dover Public Library will host Miller for the speaking event on Thursday, May 31st beginning at 6:30pm. In her book, she wanted to challenge readers to think about our world and how our daily lives would look to someone from another planet. “Insight into things like stereotypes, prejudice, violence between nations, and people divided by government upheaval.” Following discussion about the young adult science fiction romance novel, Miller will have a book signing. Books will be available for purchase for $18. - Mary Alice Reporting





A Home Suffers $30,000 in Damage
Mill Township, Ohio (WTUZ) – A woman was able to escape a blaze at her two-story home on Clay City Drive. The evening fire in Uhrichsville was reported around 8pm and caused significant damage to the home. Fire Chief Justin Edwards points out that when units arrived the discovered heavy smoke coming from the upstairs part of the residences. The fire caused about $30,000 to the structure and contents on the second floor and the first-floor received water damage. The cause for the blaze is undetermined but Edwards’s notes foul play is not suspected. - Mary Alice Reporting





Zoar Named Ohio Museum Association’s Institution of Year
Zoar, Ohio (WTUZ) – The Historic Zoar Village was awarded the honor of 2017 Institution of the Year by the Ohio Museum Association. This is Ohio’s leading promoter for joining and empowering Ohio museums and museum professionals. Site Director Tammi Mackey-Shrum says that to be chosen from a board of museum peers is really quite the honor. “They spoke about all of the activities that we did during the Bicentennial year with quite a minimal staff, the outreach we did and the economic impact we had locally all while also running Fort Laurens and putting on a Centennial celebration for Fort Laurens. So I think those were the deciding factors, just how much outreach, programming, and events we tried to put on last year for the Bicentennial.” Shrum says the village attracted more than 26,000 visitors in 2017 – an increase of nearly 65 percent over 2016. That doesn’t include those who utilized the garden for pictures, those who drove through or came after hours to enjoy the village. Jon Elsasser, President of the Zoar Community Association adds that the celebrations made a significant local impact that benefitted our local businesses. Local reenactors and volunteers were involved in activities, including the Fort Laurens’ Centennial Celebration and its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. - Michele Spring Reporting





Last Man in Robbery Case Sentenced
New Philadelphia, Ohio (WTUZ) – The third person accused in a 2017 armed robbery case is handed his reserved prison sentence. The September incident at the Touraine Club in Newcomerstown occurred when three Coshocton individuals, Travis and Cassandra Queen and Colt Shoults, robbed a woman at knife point. Tuscarawas County Assistant prosecutor Scott Deedrick explains that Shoults was sentenced this week, and Judge O’Farrell applied the same sentence as Cassandra Queen’s. “Two two-years in prison which were reserved in favor of two-years of reporting probation, which would include either six-months in jail or a community based correctional facility.” Deedrick notes that when sentenced on the robbery for three years, Travis Queen was serving prison time for another case. He is expected for release in September 2019 - Mary Alice Reporting





Man Sentenced in Domestic Violence, Abduction Case
New Philadelphia, Ohio (WTUZ) – A 55-year-old man is sentenced on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an October 2017 incident in Dover. Roger Beitzel was in court Tuesday for attempted abduction and domestic violence charges. Tuscarawas County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Deedrick explains that Beitzel’s and the victim, his ex-wife, were residing in the same house at the time. Beitzel became impaired during a social event. “Her version of event, corroborated by the evidence, was that she was asleep in bed [and] the defendant accosted her. Basically, indicated that he wanted sexual relations which she was not interested in and he made it clear that he was not going to take no for an answer.” She escaped the house; however, her ex-husband caught up with her and attempted to drag her back to the home. She was able to get free, went back into the house, and locked the door, and left through another door. "[Went] next door to her son’s residence and notified them of what had happened, and the son became so enraged by the conduct of his father that he went next door and seriously beat the defendant causing a lot of visible injuries.” The son was charged for the assault. Deedrick adds that Judge O’Farrell imposed an 18 month prison term for Beitzel, which was reserved for six-months in the Tuscarawas County Jail and to be on probation for two-years. - Mary Alice Reporting






ODNR Reminds Hunters to Practice Safety
Ohio (WTUZ) -  Ohio’s spring turkey hunting season begins this weekend and officials are encouraging all hunters to keep in mind a few safety tips. Youth season, for ages 15 and under, runs this Saturday and Sunday from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Ohio Division of Wildlife Spokesperson Jamey Emmert says spring turkey season is popular and the two-day youth season gives them a chance to bag a turkey. Youth must have a valid hunting license, a turkey permit, and be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. She also notes that hunter orange is not required but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) recommends turkey hunters wear blaze orange when entering, moving, and leaving your hunting area. “Know your target. Be absolutely 100% sure of your target and what’s beyond that target, not just what your shooting at but what your shooting toward. Always treat a guns as if it’s loaded so crossing a stream or fence be extra careful on how to handle that firearm.” To see requirements and rules for turkey hunting season, go to - Mary Alice Reporting





Twin City Chamber of Commerce Awards Community Members
Uhrichsville, Ohio (WTUZ) - The Twin City Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet Tuesday, April 17th. This year a brand new award was handed out called The Heart of Tuscarawas County Tourism. Twin City Chamber Executive Director Teri Edwards said this award was created for someone who promoted tourism in the area. “For the Tuscarawas County Tourism Award that was sponsored by the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau was Jane Clay of the Parks Department. Jane has spent a lot of time on the panhandle passage trail and is working on other trails in other communities that will connect all of us in the future.” Over 170 guests were on hand at the Knights of Columbus in Dennison to celebrate all of the winners. Other winners included: Dave Long – Twin City Award. John Ashbaugh – Golden Apple Award. Mako’s Pharmacy –  Business of the Year Bridges Excavating – Community Contribution Jill Wagner – Educator of the Year - Michele Spring Reporting