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Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

(Garen Rhome, administrator for the Harrison County Health Department demonstrates receiving a flu shot with Brandi Rapp RN) CADIZ – Flu shots are now available in the parking lot of the old Westgate school property in Cadiz and will be until 4 p.m. today. Several goals Administrator for the Harrison County Health Department, Garen Rhome would like to achieve and one being the obvious flu vaccinations for the upcoming winter season. The other goal is basically a dry run for any health emergency that may arise, Rhome said. “On the surface it s a flu shot clinic,” he said but it’s also a practice run if for example people in a flood emergency needed shots. He said Carroll County, who has been through this before has been on hand for any assistance to the Harrison County officials. Rhome called it “health preparedness” and needs to know in case of an emergency on how they would treat area residents if there was a mass need to give shots. Rhome said they had several vehicles pull up as they were setting up in the early hours of Monday morning, and since then cars have trickled in throughout the morning. Brandi Rapp R.N., said anyone from three years of age and older is eligible for a flu shot. The flu shots are $25 cash or just bring your insurance card if you want it billed to that.

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Lakeland Academy Experiences Scare, Lockdown

Lakeland Academy Experiences Scare, Lockdown

By JD LONG jim@harrisonnewsherald.com FREEPORT – Near the end of the Thursday school day Lakeland Academy suffered a severe scare when a 16 year-old was spotted hiding behind a dumpster on school property holding a toy gun, though school officials didn’t know at the time that it was not real. Principal Scott Bardall was alerted to the boy by an employee of the school. The juvenile was seen standing then crouching several times and Bardall saw a holster at his side and a gun in his hand. After 911 was called, Bardall set lockdown in motion locking doors then walked outside where, after eying the individual in the same area, walked away from him nonchalantly to the front and waived away any vehicles that attempted to pull into the lot to pick up their children. Bardall said it was National Fire Safety Week and the students had just returned from outside and re-entered the building just before 3 p.m., which is when he was alerted to the suspect. Bardall explained that after he had returned to the right side of the building he saw the juvenile in a different location casually chatting with a man in a pickup truck with his hands and holster empty. Bardall then approached and asked the suspect, “what in the world are you doing, do you realize what you’ve done?” Bardall said the juvenile acknowledged this and acted casually and in a non-threatening manner. Bardall was later told by the truck driver, and the juvenile himself, that the juvenile at first identified himself as a Tuscarawas law enforcement officer. By then, Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene guns drawn and ordered the juvenile to the ground where he complied. Sheriff Joe Myers stated that the juvenile was arrested without incident. Myers added that the juvenile had altered the toy gun so it would resemble a real gun, which Bardall confirmed when looking at the tip of the gun, which did not have an orange tip. At Friday’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting held just hours ago, Bardall updated the board on what had happened. “The thing about this is, and I’ve done it for 33 years, we talk about it, we practice it but until it actually occurs, you don’t know how it’s really like or what you’re reaction is going to be,” Bardall explained. Bardall said that when the juvenile was told police were on their way he said nothing and also stated that the juvenile offered no resistance when arrested, which was around 3:30 p.m. Administrative Assistant Jenn Bardall said in the meeting that the juvenile was wearing gloves and had handcuffs stuffed in his back pocket. Bardall said he’d heard later from others that the juvenile had been spotted in town acting “odd” but that nothing had come of it until now. “His behavior was very odd,” Jenn Bardall said as she described him peering around “as if he was watching for somebody specific” while hiding then showing himself repeatedly. “The good news is everyone behaved as well as they did [and] the parents I thought were good too and it had to be alarming to them [with] lockdown at this time of the day,” Bardall said, “so they did what they were supposed to do and we learned a couple of things.” Myers said that everything worked out for everyone involved but spoke of what a bad move it was on the part of the juvenile, and agreed that he could have been shot where that has happened in some instances with similar circumstances. “And I couldn’t be more pleased of not just of the parents, or not just of our staff who did a great job because their job is keep kids occupied and preoccupied as best they could…” Bardall continued commending everyone involved. “But in any event they performed just the way you’d like to within a relatively short period of time.” The juvenile was arraigned earlier today and according to Juvenile Court Judge Matthew Puskarich, was charged with two misdemeanors of the first degree: Inducing panic and illegal conveyance or possession of an object indistinguishable from a firearm in a school safety zone. Puskarich added that if the gun had been real then the charges would have been felonies. The juvenile, who had just moved back to the area with family approximately one month ago, appeared in court with his father, Puskarich said. He said the juvenile would be taken from Sargus on Monday and placed into house arrest where he will wear an ankle monitor for now.

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Jewett Residents Less Than Tactful Over Water Issues, Council Sends Warning

Jewett Residents Less Than Tactful Over Water Issues, Council Sends Warning

By JD LONG jim@harrisonnewsherald.com JEWETT – Rhonda Mihalco, clerk of water & public affairs announced at last week’s meeting that some residents have called in complaining about their water. Mihalco said some have been less than pleasant and using the word “irate” when describing some of the callers who she said have used foul language towards her. “I had a gentleman come in today and was very vocal and very, used a lot of bad language,” Mihalco explained. “I invited him to council meeting told him what time it was and he said he probably wouldn’t be there,” which no member of the public was present for that meeting. Mihalco said the man asked if there would be some kind of credit received off his bill “because I can’t use it,” she described him as saying. Council Member, Rick Meneely took issue with the foul language and wanted it known with the suggestion that people who use foul language towards village employees would be subject to charges brought. “And we appreciate if they had any questions to come to council and we’ll let them know what we know,” Meneely explained. “We’re aware of the problem and we’re doing everything we can. But we won’t tolerate that no more,” he said in reference to the bad language thrown at Mihalco. Police Chief, Ron Carter spoke up and piggybacked on what Meneely said stating that if a resident comes into the municipal building “carrying on, cussing you won’t be charge you will be arrested.” Meneely repeated that residents are “more than welcome to come to council meetings,” to inform them of the situation, which he acknowledged was a whole lot but he said they are working on the problem. Mihalco reminded council that within their billing statements is a note of how bad the water is currently and “excuse the charge” but did not clarify how much of the bill was excused or the process of doing so. She added that many residents also said their water was clear when they’ve come in to pay their bill. Meneely repeated what he felt the issue might be, which is water in the pipes being reversed and loosening debris that’s accumulated for decades.

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Trick or Treat Dates Set For Area Villages

Trick or Treat Dates Set For Area Villages

 Several villages within Harrison County have set their trick or treat dates, which begin with Adena on Oct. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cadiz follows with trick or treating scheduled for Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Scio also holds their trick or treat on Oct. 28 but earlier, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jewett, Hopedale and Freeport are all on Oct. 31st. Jewett is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Hopedale from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Freeport from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we sit down and talk to Wendy Ledger, a local cancer survivor who started the Wendy’s Walk/5K. The next walk is taking place Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Jewett firehouse in Jewett. There will also be a quarter auction at 2 p.m. Wendy would like to thank all the sponsors who make this and previous events a success:     2017 Sponsors Pennington’s EMI Brian Stull Trucking and Excavating, LLC Classy Confections B&F Dairy Bar Damian Kovarik Excavating and Hauling, LLC Arba-Vue Farms, Inc. Harrison Central Lady Huskies Volleyball Parents Club Kerry’s Haircuts Unlimited Harrison Central Cheerleaders Gary’s Auto Body Koch Funeral Home In Memory of Wilma Albaugh JWCC, JUMC Jewett Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Scio Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, and Auxillary H&B Music Co. Bob & Lori Tubaugh Pam Gibson Dale Norris, Harrison County Commissioner Ronald J. Myers, Harrison County Sheriff

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Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

(Garen Rhome, administrator for the Harrison County Health Department demonstrates receiving a flu shot with Brandi Rapp RN) CADIZ – Flu shots are now available in the parking lot of the old Westgate school property in Cadiz and will be until 4 p.m. today. Several goals Administrator for the Harrison County Health Department, Garen Rhome would like to achieve and one being the obvious flu vaccinations for the upcoming winter season. The other goal is basically a dry run for any health emergency that may arise, Rhome said. “On the surface it s a flu shot clinic,” he said but it’s also a practice run if for example people in a flood emergency needed shots. He said Carroll County, who has been through this before has been on hand for any assistance to the Harrison County officials. Rhome called it “health preparedness” and needs to know in case of an emergency on how they would treat area residents if there was a mass need to give shots. Rhome said they had several vehicles pull up as they were setting up in the early hours of Monday morning, and since then cars have trickled in throughout the morning. Brandi Rapp R.N., said anyone from three years of age and older is eligible for a flu shot. The flu shots are $25 cash or just bring your insurance card if you want it billed to that.

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John J. Fecske

John J. Fecske

John J. Fecske, 76 of Steubenville, formerly of Cadiz, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born September 18, 1941 in Canton, Ohio a son of the late John J. and Rose Sam Fecske, Jr. John was a retired forklift operator for Timet Corporation, a U.S. Navy Veteran and Catholic by faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lachendro Fecske. Surviving are his two children: Joseph (Sue) Fecske and Barbara (Darin) Horn all of Jewett; 2 grandchildren: Tyler and Jenna Horn of Jewett and 3 sisters: Joyce Howes of Harrisville, Connie (Joe) Roscoe of Sun City West, Arizona and Debbie (Luke) Ronevich of Martins Ferry, Ohio. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz with Monsignor John Kolesar officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery, Harrisville, Ohio. The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we sit down and talk to Wendy Ledger, a local cancer survivor who started the Wendy’s Walk/5K. The next walk is taking place Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Jewett firehouse in Jewett. There will also be a quarter auction at 2 p.m. Wendy would like to thank all the sponsors who make this and previous events a success:     2017 Sponsors Pennington’s EMI Brian Stull Trucking and Excavating, LLC Classy Confections B&F Dairy Bar Damian Kovarik Excavating and Hauling, LLC Arba-Vue Farms, Inc. Harrison Central Lady Huskies Volleyball Parents Club Kerry’s Haircuts Unlimited Harrison Central Cheerleaders Gary’s Auto Body Koch Funeral Home In Memory of Wilma Albaugh JWCC, JUMC Jewett Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Scio Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, and Auxillary H&B Music Co. Bob & Lori Tubaugh Pam Gibson Dale Norris, Harrison County Commissioner Ronald J. Myers, Harrison County Sheriff

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Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

Flu Shots Available At Westgate In Cadiz

(Garen Rhome, administrator for the Harrison County Health Department demonstrates receiving a flu shot with Brandi Rapp RN) CADIZ – Flu shots are now available in the parking lot of the old Westgate school property in Cadiz and will be until 4 p.m. today. Several goals Administrator for the Harrison County Health Department, Garen Rhome would like to achieve and one being the obvious flu vaccinations for the upcoming winter season. The other goal is basically a dry run for any health emergency that may arise, Rhome said. “On the surface it s a flu shot clinic,” he said but it’s also a practice run if for example people in a flood emergency needed shots. He said Carroll County, who has been through this before has been on hand for any assistance to the Harrison County officials. Rhome called it “health preparedness” and needs to know in case of an emergency on how they would treat area residents if there was a mass need to give shots. Rhome said they had several vehicles pull up as they were setting up in the early hours of Monday morning, and since then cars have trickled in throughout the morning. Brandi Rapp R.N., said anyone from three years of age and older is eligible for a flu shot. The flu shots are $25 cash or just bring your insurance card if you want it billed to that.

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Lakeland Academy Experiences Scare, Lockdown

Lakeland Academy Experiences Scare, Lockdown

By JD LONG jim@harrisonnewsherald.com FREEPORT – Near the end of the Thursday school day Lakeland Academy suffered a severe scare when a 16 year-old was spotted hiding behind a dumpster on school property holding a toy gun, though school officials didn’t know at the time that it was not real. Principal Scott Bardall was alerted to the boy by an employee of the school. The juvenile was seen standing then crouching several times and Bardall saw a holster at his side and a gun in his hand. After 911 was called, Bardall set lockdown in motion locking doors then walked outside where, after eying the individual in the same area, walked away from him nonchalantly to the front and waived away any vehicles that attempted to pull into the lot to pick up their children. Bardall said it was National Fire Safety Week and the students had just returned from outside and re-entered the building just before 3 p.m., which is when he was alerted to the suspect. Bardall explained that after he had returned to the right side of the building he saw the juvenile in a different location casually chatting with a man in a pickup truck with his hands and holster empty. Bardall then approached and asked the suspect, “what in the world are you doing, do you realize what you’ve done?” Bardall said the juvenile acknowledged this and acted casually and in a non-threatening manner. Bardall was later told by the truck driver, and the juvenile himself, that the juvenile at first identified himself as a Tuscarawas law enforcement officer. By then, Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene guns drawn and ordered the juvenile to the ground where he complied. Sheriff Joe Myers stated that the juvenile was arrested without incident. Myers added that the juvenile had altered the toy gun so it would resemble a real gun, which Bardall confirmed when looking at the tip of the gun, which did not have an orange tip. At Friday’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting held just hours ago, Bardall updated the board on what had happened. “The thing about this is, and I’ve done it for 33 years, we talk about it, we practice it but until it actually occurs, you don’t know how it’s really like or what you’re reaction is going to be,” Bardall explained. Bardall said that when the juvenile was told police were on their way he said nothing and also stated that the juvenile offered no resistance when arrested, which was around 3:30 p.m. Administrative Assistant Jenn Bardall said in the meeting that the juvenile was wearing gloves and had handcuffs stuffed in his back pocket. Bardall said he’d heard later from others that the juvenile had been spotted in town acting “odd” but that nothing had come of it until now. “His behavior was very odd,” Jenn Bardall said as she described him peering around “as if he was watching for somebody specific” while hiding then showing himself repeatedly. “The good news is everyone behaved as well as they did [and] the parents I thought were good too and it had to be alarming to them [with] lockdown at this time of the day,” Bardall said, “so they did what they were supposed to do and we learned a couple of things.” Myers said that everything worked out for everyone involved but spoke of what a bad move it was on the part of the juvenile, and agreed that he could have been shot where that has happened in some instances with similar circumstances. “And I couldn’t be more pleased of not just of the parents, or not just of our staff who did a great job because their job is keep kids occupied and preoccupied as best they could…” Bardall continued commending everyone involved. “But in any event they performed just the way you’d like to within a relatively short period of time.” The juvenile was arraigned earlier today and according to Juvenile Court Judge Matthew Puskarich, was charged with two misdemeanors of the first degree: Inducing panic and illegal conveyance or possession of an object indistinguishable from a firearm in a school safety zone. Puskarich added that if the gun had been real then the charges would have been felonies. The juvenile, who had just moved back to the area with family approximately one month ago, appeared in court with his father, Puskarich said. He said the juvenile would be taken from Sargus on Monday and placed into house arrest where he will wear an ankle monitor for now.

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John J. Fecske

John J. Fecske

John J. Fecske, 76 of Steubenville, formerly of Cadiz, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Trinity Medical Center West in Steubenville, Ohio. He was born September 18, 1941 in Canton, Ohio a son of the late John J. and Rose Sam Fecske, Jr. John was a retired forklift operator for Timet Corporation, a U.S. Navy Veteran and Catholic by faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lachendro Fecske. Surviving are his two children: Joseph (Sue) Fecske and Barbara (Darin) Horn all of Jewett; 2 grandchildren: Tyler and Jenna Horn of Jewett and 3 sisters: Joyce Howes of Harrisville, Connie (Joe) Roscoe of Sun City West, Arizona and Debbie (Luke) Ronevich of Martins Ferry, Ohio. Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz with Monsignor John Kolesar officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Branch Cemetery, Harrisville, Ohio. The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Jewett Residents Less Than Tactful Over Water Issues, Council Sends Warning

Jewett Residents Less Than Tactful Over Water Issues, Council Sends Warning

By JD LONG jim@harrisonnewsherald.com JEWETT – Rhonda Mihalco, clerk of water & public affairs announced at last week’s meeting that some residents have called in complaining about their water. Mihalco said some have been less than pleasant and using the word “irate” when describing some of the callers who she said have used foul language towards her. “I had a gentleman come in today and was very vocal and very, used a lot of bad language,” Mihalco explained. “I invited him to council meeting told him what time it was and he said he probably wouldn’t be there,” which no member of the public was present for that meeting. Mihalco said the man asked if there would be some kind of credit received off his bill “because I can’t use it,” she described him as saying. Council Member, Rick Meneely took issue with the foul language and wanted it known with the suggestion that people who use foul language towards village employees would be subject to charges brought. “And we appreciate if they had any questions to come to council and we’ll let them know what we know,” Meneely explained. “We’re aware of the problem and we’re doing everything we can. But we won’t tolerate that no more,” he said in reference to the bad language thrown at Mihalco. Police Chief, Ron Carter spoke up and piggybacked on what Meneely said stating that if a resident comes into the municipal building “carrying on, cussing you won’t be charge you will be arrested.” Meneely repeated that residents are “more than welcome to come to council meetings,” to inform them of the situation, which he acknowledged was a whole lot but he said they are working on the problem. Mihalco reminded council that within their billing statements is a note of how bad the water is currently and “excuse the charge” but did not clarify how much of the bill was excused or the process of doing so. She added that many residents also said their water was clear when they’ve come in to pay their bill. Meneely repeated what he felt the issue might be, which is water in the pipes being reversed and loosening debris that’s accumulated for decades.

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Trick or Treat Dates Set For Area Villages

Trick or Treat Dates Set For Area Villages

 Several villages within Harrison County have set their trick or treat dates, which begin with Adena on Oct. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cadiz follows with trick or treating scheduled for Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Scio also holds their trick or treat on Oct. 28 but earlier, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jewett, Hopedale and Freeport are all on Oct. 31st. Jewett is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Hopedale from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Freeport from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Thomas R. Ford

Thomas R. Ford

Thomas R. Ford, born July 1, 1931, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Harrison County Home. Tom was born in Manchester, New Hampshire to the late Henry and Hazel (Sargent) Ford. He graduated from the Kiski School and the College of Wooster. In 1954 he married the late Mary Ronsheim Ford with whom he shared his love of plant life, birds and cats until her death in 2011. Many Cadiz alumni will remember Mr. Ford as the science teacher who demanded nothing less than the best and whose bark was usually worse than his bite. Tom was member of the Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, the Harrison County Historical Society and the Brooks Bird Club. For 65 consecutive years he participated in the Audubon Society’s Christmas bird count, a streak which is the second longest in Ohio. For many summers he worked as a naturalist with the National Park Service, primarily in Utah’s Bryce Canyon. He is survived by his sister, Joan Ford Iverson, of Pacifica, California and many nieces and nephews. Following Tom’s wishes no services will be held. Memorial gifts may be made to the Harrison County Home.

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Franklin D. Dowdle Jr.

Franklin D. Dowdle Jr.

Franklin D. Dowdle, Jr., 65, passed away peacefully on Oct.  7. He is survived by his sisters, Sheila M. Turrell, Sylvia I. Johnson and Dawn N. (Johannes) Assen; his uncles, Melvin “Tut” Dowdle, James C. Dowdle, Floyd Stewart, James Talbott and George Jenkins; his aunts, Jean Stewart and Martha Dowdle; nephews, Chad A. Williams, Joseph A. Assen, and Donald R. Assen; nieces, Chelsee (Ronnie) Williams and Darcy Johnson; great nephew, Jaxson L. Williams; great niece, Abby Williams and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Franklin D. Dowdle, Sr. and Cenia (Jenkins) Cox; step-fathers, Donald Bardon and Robert Cox; his maternal grandparents, George A. and M. Irene Jenkins; his paternal grandparents, Elmer and Laura (Barnhart) Dowdle; his uncles, Thomas Dowdle, Sr., and Kenneth Bahner; and aunts, Evelyn Dowdle, Lillian V. Bahner, Lucille Dowdle, and Mildred “Midge” Talbott. Frank was a loving, caring, sensitive Christian man. He was exceptionally intelligent with an extraordinary vocabulary, an accomplished musician who played numerous instruments, including the piano and organ. He had a melodic voice and loved to sing, especially in the Methodist church and school choirs. He graduated from Cadiz High School in 1970, attended The Ohio State University, served in the United States Navy, studied and became an accomplished chef, and was an adoring, loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle and great uncle. He was afflicted with a terrible medical condition that caused him much pain and suffering that robbed him of his talents. He spent his last 9 years as a permanent resident of the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. Those who loved him pray for peace and happiness for him in the next life. Friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. at Scott United Methodist Church, 817 East Market St., Cadiz, Ohio. Rev. Timothy Monteith will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the Cadiz American Legion. A luncheon will immediately follow. For those wishing to make a contribution in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 34, Cadiz, Ohio 43907. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

Hey Now, Harrison County Episode 9

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we sit down and talk to Wendy Ledger, a local cancer survivor who started the Wendy’s Walk/5K. The next walk is taking place Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at the Jewett firehouse in Jewett. There will also be a quarter auction at 2 p.m. Wendy would like to thank all the sponsors who make this and previous events a success:     2017 Sponsors Pennington’s EMI Brian Stull Trucking and Excavating, LLC Classy Confections B&F Dairy Bar Damian Kovarik Excavating and Hauling, LLC Arba-Vue Farms, Inc. Harrison Central Lady Huskies Volleyball Parents Club Kerry’s Haircuts Unlimited Harrison Central Cheerleaders Gary’s Auto Body Koch Funeral Home In Memory of Wilma Albaugh JWCC, JUMC Jewett Volunteer Fire Department and EMS Scio Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, and Auxillary H&B Music Co. Bob & Lori Tubaugh Pam Gibson Dale Norris, Harrison County Commissioner Ronald J. Myers, Harrison County Sheriff

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Sheriff Myers announces Drug Take-Back Event

Sheriff Myers announces Drug Take-Back Event

Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers is announcing, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back spring event. Locally, the event will be held on two separate days: Oct. 21 & Oct. 28, from 10 am to 2 p.m. at Custer Pharmacy and Rite Aid Pharmacy in Cadiz and Neimayer Pharmacy in Scio. Each location will accept any unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. Please no liquids. “During the last two take-back events, over 220 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs were collected,” Sheriff Myers stated. “Safe disposal of the drugs is important for numerous reasons.” According to Sheriff Myers the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Many residents are not aware when medicines languish in home cabinets they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in this country are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.  In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or tossing them in the trash can – both potential safety and health hazards. On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the event brought in 900,386 pounds (450 tons) at close to 5,500 sites across the nation. Marking the 13th National Prescription Take Back Day since September 2010, these events have altogether collected 8,103,363 pounds (4,052 tons) of prescription drugs.  “Prescription drug abuse is a problem everywhere. It is huge and this provides a great opportunity for folks around the county to help reduce the threat,” Myers said. “I encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.” Sheriff Myers wants to remind everyone that there is also a drop box in his lobby which is open 24 hours a day for anyone who need to drop off any other time.  For additional information, you may visit DEA.gov or contact the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 942-2197.

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Harrison Hills City Schools new PK-12 construction update

Harrison Hills City Schools new PK-12 construction update

                Harrison Hills City Schools New PK-12 Construction Update October 2017 Construction continues to progress at the new PK-12 building for the new Harrison Hills school campus. The 217,000-square foot building, located on an open site just south of Cadiz on Route 9, features two gymnasiums, an auditorium, three  classroom wings and centralized shared common areas. The summer months have been focused on establishing the building pad for the new school and installing roadways to access the site. Liggett Lane (runs east to west) and Huskies Way (runs north to south) have been graded and prepped for asphalt paving which will begin mid-October. Contractors will also complete grading and pouring of concrete sidewalks along those roadways. The building pad – a hard, flat surface with associated utility connections was also recently completed. During the fall months, construction crews will begin the building foundations, underground electrical/plumbing installation and masonry block, which will progress until the winter weather hits. Looking ahead to spring, you will really start to see the building come up out of the ground and take shape.  It has been a great start to this multi-year construction project that will transform the district to a single campus school. Construction activities are on schedule for a grand opening for the 2019 school year.   

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