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Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:27

March 2014 Talking Tourism

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TALKING TOURISM
March 2, 2014

Each month this space will be devoted to a column written by Debbie Robinson, executive director of the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB). She will provide information about upcoming events, area attractions, bureau services and projects, and most importantly, communicate the tremendous impact that the travel and tourism industry has on this region.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:28

Byesville Sewer Rate Increase Proposed

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Rate hike to help fund system improvements
 
Friday, 21 February 2014 10:21

Pleasant City Water Line Break

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Boil order forthcoming

 

Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:43

East Guernsey Board of Education

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 Technology updates coming to District

 
Sunday, 16 February 2014 08:12

State Sets Export Record

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Ohio sets state export record of $50.5 billion
 
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:38

Woodsfield Family Loses Home to Fire

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Couple, three children uninjured in blaze in Monroe County
 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The former senior official of a northeast Ohio wastewater company charged with violating the federal Clean Water Act goes on trial April 8.

The Youngstown Vindicator reports 62-year-old Ben Lupo, of Poland, and Hardrock Excavating LLC have a final pre-trial conference scheduled with U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent on March 24. Authorities allege Lupo ordered an employee to repeatedly dump gas-drilling wastewater intended for an injection well into a storm sewer. Lupo and the company have pleaded not guilty. The employee, 34-year-old Michael P. Guesman, of Cortland, entered a guilty plea in August. His written plea agreement states Lupo asked him to dump brine and drilling mud from 20,000-gallon storage tanks down a storm drain on 24 nights beginning Dec. 12, 2012.

Guesman will be sentenced March 20.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 09:00

Ohio casino revenue down in January

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Regulators say total revenue from Ohio's four voter-approved casinos dropped again in January, when two temporarily closed because of brutally cold winter weather.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission reported Friday that revenue totaled just under $59.7 million, down from $63.2 million in a lackluster December. Cincinnati's casino, which is the newest, was the only one of the four to post a monthly revenue increase. Its revenue rose from $14.2 million in December to about $16.2 million last month. Revenue at the remaining casinos in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo was down compared with the previous month and the same time last year.

The steepest month-to-month drop was at the Toledo casino, which closed twice for a total of nearly 52 hours. Cleveland's casino closed for 37 hours because of the weather.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 08:57

Ohio execution date postponed by Gov. Kasich

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has issued a reprieve for a condemned killer scheduled to die next month following the recent extended execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped during the procedure.

The decision delays the March 19 execution of Gregory Lott, who was sentenced to death for setting an East Cleveland man on fire in 1986 and leaving him to die. Lott's new execution date is Nov. 19. Kasich's reprieve follows an uproar over the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire. McGuire gasped and snorted for several minutes during his 26-minute execution, the longest in state history. Lott has sued in federal court to stop his execution, arguing that the two-drug method Ohio switched to creates risk of a cruel and inhumane death.

McGuire's family also sued the state.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 08:51

Missing Ohio college student found dead

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GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a central Ohio college student has been found dead less than 24 hours after being reported missing.

The Newark Advocate reports that Granville Police Sgt. Keith Blackledge says the body of Denison University senior David Hallman was found about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The university said the 21-year-old from Erie, Pa., had been missing since about 2 a.m. Saturday, and was found about a half-mile from Brew's Cafe, where he was last seen.

The newspaper reported that Blackledge said Hallman was found wearing regular clothing, not a heavy coat, and probably died of exposure. He says Hallman might have been disoriented. Blackledge says no foul play was expected, and that the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the case.

The university, about 40 miles northeast of Columbus, says the "Denison family will come together to mourn the loss of David."

Saturday, 01 February 2014 11:04

Schools & Counties get less from Ohio Casinos

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   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio counties and schools and getting a little less cash from casino taxes this time around.
   The Ohio Department of Taxation will be distributing $68.6 million, the local cut of the taxes collected from casinos from October through December. That's 2.2 percent less than the last disbursement in October.  The Akron Beacon Journal  reports that counties will get the biggest chunk of the money - about $35 million. Schools will get about $23 million. The remainder goes to state's eight largest cities, the Casino Control Commission, Ohio State Racing Commission, training for law enforcement and efforts to address problem gambling.  Casino revenue was $821 million last year - about $65 million less than the state had anticipated.

Friday, 24 January 2014 17:54

Area Resident Honored at Chamber Dinner

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Ralph Ray receives Chamber's Public Service Award
 
Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:10

Local Schools pass "Calamity Day" threshold

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Winter Weather may force Area Students to attend classes well into June
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has headed to Cairo to serve as an international observer in Egypt's constitutional referendum.

 

The Columbus Democrat will be present for the Jan. 14-15 vote on an amended charter as part of a team from Democracy International. The organization is active in more than 60 countries on democracy and governance issues and to assist on rule-of-law questions.

Brunner is a former judge and founding partner and principal in the Brunner Quinn law firm based in Columbus. She oversaw Ohio elections as secretary of state from 2007 to 2011.

This is not her first foray into international election issues. Since re-entering private practice, she has made multiple trips to Serbia to provide technical assistance on judicial reform and anti-corruption in elections.

 

CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio Democrat plans a campaign swing around the state before deciding whether to go forward with his run for governor.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Dec. 30 he would run. He said he had been hearing from rank-and-file Democrats about their desire for a choice after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been running for months. But Portune said he wouldn't file by the Feb. 5 deadline if he determined there wasn't enough statewide support.

Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he is making what he calls an "aggressive swing" to assess whether he can mount a successful challenge. He plans stops over the next week in cities including Athens, Lima and Lorain.

Gov. John Kasich has no GOP challenger at this point.

Sunday, 12 January 2014 08:53

Size of chemical leak in WV still unknown

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company president apologized to West Virginia residents for a chemical leak into a public water treatment plant hours before a state agency ordered Freedom Industries to remove chemicals from its remaining above-ground tanks.

About 300,000 people entered their third day Saturday with no way to take showers and wash clothes. Officials remain unclear when it might be safe again.

Federal authorities began investigating how the foaming agent escaped the Freedom Industries plant and seeped into the Elk River. Just how much of the chemical leaked into the river was not yet known.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on Friday called the incident "extremely unfortunate." Hours later, a state agency ordered the company to remove its remaining chemicals off the site.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 07:43

Salvation Army Reaches Goal

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Success for Red Kettle Campaign!  Bills, Coins, Checks Add Up—
 
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