Peggy Lou McGaha, age 83, of Tippecanoe, passed on Wednesday, April 22, at her residence. Born in Stillwater, Ohio, on Jan. 17, 1932, Peggy was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Bahmer) Burkhart. In addition to her parents, Peggy is preceded in death by her husband Robert C. McGaha; two sons Johnny and Benny McGaha; two sisters Wilma Staley and Doris Burkhart and an infant brother Jim. In 1949, Peggy graduated from Freeport High School. She was retired from NCR in Cambridge after 26 years. Peggy loved Lakeland Basketball and the Lakeland Basketball Boosters. She loved to go ching changing at the Island. Peggy is survived by her children Carol Huston of Cambridge, Clinton (Carmen) McGaha of Cambridge, Tommy (Annabelle Toney) McGaha of Hawley, Texas, Mary (Billie Parrigan) McGaha of Tippecanoe and Martha (Steve Burdette) Hunt of Tippecanoe; siblings Hazel Wood of Adena, Ellen (Bob) Dickson of Rapid City, South Dakota and John Burkhart of Tippecanoe; daughter-in-law Barb McGaha of Bolivar; sister-in-law Millie McGaha of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Clint Jr., Sabrina, Heather, Brian, Josh, Angela, Dusty, Chad and Julie who was her caregiver; great grandchildren Whitney, Alex, Ivy, Holly, Corey, Seth, Dakota, Nichlas, Caden, Hali, Jaxson, Ailey, Blake, Hatley, Cole, Landon and Ryder and great great granddaughter Bria. Funeral services for Peggy will be held at 11 a.m., on Monday, April 27, at the Uhrich-Hostettler English Funeral Home Inc. at Uhrichsville with the Pastor Jim McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Greenmont Union Cemetery in Freeport. Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m., on Sunday, April 26, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio, 44663.
Ongoing sewage problems plague Board of Public Affairs
The recent string of rainy days over the past several weeks stirred up old wounds with a few residents on Charleston Street who have complained for some time. Gary Vorhees reported sewage pouring out of sewage drains onto his property recently, a problem that has been ongoing for many years. Now, though, the Village of Cadiz is doing something about it but to some it’s not enough, or at least not fast enough. Photographs and video provided by Vorhees paint an ugly picture of sewage being shoved up out of the ground through sewage covers by rainwater stuffing ancient pipes that are long overdue for replacing. “They spent all these millions of dollars and nothing’s getting done,” Vorhees claimed. “It comes out more than it ever has.” Nelson Birney is another resident and neighbor of Vorhees who has suffered with the sewage problem for over 30 years, he said. Birney credits himself with calling the EPA, which not only resulted in getting the village up and running on major overhauling but also resulted in over $42,000 in fines handed down by the EPA back in 2012. “If I had never said a daggone thing about that sewage down there, there would not be no new lines put in there, there wouldn’t be nothing right now,” Birney said in frustration. “It’s been getting worse and worse,” he said referring to the sewage problem over the years. “They’ve had broken pipes, the whole system, it’s overloaded let’s put it that way. And my big issue is now we’re putting two new motels up.” Read the full story in Saturday’s News-Herald