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Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

HOPEDALE – Sheriff’s cruisers lined the front of Harrison East Elementary in Hopedale Monday afternoon. Parents were notified with a recorded message via phone that a written threat had been made. What kind of threat is unclear but a sheriff’s deputy was seen escorting a dog into the building around 2 p.m. Harrison Hills Board of Education (HHBOE) Superintendent, Dana Snider said briefly that a call came in around 11 a.m. The phone alert informed parents that their children could be picked up at the fire hall at any time. Further details to follow.

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Scio accident shuts down Main Street

Scio accident shuts down Main Street

SCIO – An accident on Harrison 9, which runs through Scio, shut down a portion of Main Street Monday morning after a Dodge Ram pickup truck plowed into a telephone pole, flipping over and coming to rest on its side in the middle of the road. Main Street was shut down for approximately an hour as rescue teams cut Tyler Carman, 27, of Carrollton, out of his truck. Carman was transported to a nearby field where he was then life flighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to Ohio State Patrol (OSP) personnel who were on the scene. The OSP trooper stated that Carman suffered severe injuries but couldn’t state for sure if they were life threatening. Both lanes of Harrison 9 in downtown Scio were closed off. The accident happened right in front of a resident who said she heard a loud bang and looked to see the truck flip over on its side. She ran out to Carman and seeing the side of his face bloodied ran back into the house for a towel to comfort him and called 9-11. According to the OSP, a witness who was behind Carman told the trooper that there was no swerving or any other vehicle involved in the accident. The witness told the trooper that the truck drove straight into the pole. The OSP officer stated that they are looking at a possible medical condition, as well as an interior or exterior cause to the crash.  

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Scammers continue to target AEP Ohio customers

Scammers continue to target AEP Ohio customers

The Harrison County Sherif passed along an e-mail issued by AEP to inform customers of scammers operating in Ohio. BE ALERT. SCAMMERS CONTINUE TO TARGET AEP OHIO CUSTOMERS Customers encouraged to call AEP Ohio for verification GAHANNA, Ohio, Jan. 29 – Scammers are at it again. They are hitting up AEP Ohio customers this week, demanding immediate payment. AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), says beware and be suspicious of these demands. “We’ve had numerous reports throughout our service territory,” says Karen Sloneker, director of AEP Ohio Customer Services and Marketing. “You may be given an 800 number to call, and the recording can sound legitimate. “It provides prompts similar to ours and even connects you to what they call a ‘customer services rep’ who asks for your account number.” The latest reported calls ask customers for cash and to meet in a parking lot or other non-authorized payment location. Customers also are reporting someone is knocking on doors and demanding payment or be immediately disconnected. AEP Ohio never demands immediate payment, never insists on a prepaid credit card and never asks you to meet us in a non-authorized payment location. Follow these tips to recognize scams and help keep you safe. · If you’re told your account is past due, check your account’s status online. · Only make payments to authorized AEP Ohio agents or through AEPOhio.com. · Our employees are always willing to show their company ID. Just ask. · If in doubt, call us at 1-800-672-2231.

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Clark pleads guilty

Clark pleads guilty

HARRISON COUNTY – After a long delay for Wesley B. Clark’s pre-trial hearing Tuesday morning, it was announced that Clark would plead guilty to aggravated murder, which he did when the hearing commenced. Clark was accused of murdering Dustin Moreland last year. Clark was captured in Carroll County and has been in and out of court since. When Judge, T. Shawn Hervey asked Clark what he did as part of his crime, Clark admitted to taking Moreland’s life. Sentencing will be determined on April 5, at 10 a.m. More to come in our Jan. 30 Harrison News-Herald print edition.

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DeWine Warns of Five Top Job Scams

DeWine Warns of Five Top Job Scams

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned about five of the most common scams targeting people looking for jobs or extra income. In 2015, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 150 complaints involving work-at-home or business opportunities, many of which involved potential scams. Some of the most commonly reported scams include: *Work-from-home office job. A company hires the applicant to work from home shipping packages, processing payments, completing surveys, or entering data, but the applicant is asked to provide an upfront payment to set up a home office or to purchase software, computers, or other supplies. The job is phony and the applicant will lose any money sent. * Mystery shopper. An applicant is selected for a “secret shopper” job. The first assignment is to deposit a check and then wire-transfer a portion of the funds to someone else using the wire-transfer service at a local retail store. In reality, the check the applicant has received is no good, and any money the person sends will be lost. *Running a web-based business. In exchange for an upfront fee from the applicant, a company promises to set up a web-based business that will generate income through advertising revenue or products sold online by other businesses. The claims are false and no money will be generated for the applicant. *Nanny/caregiver scam. Caregivers go online looking for work opportunities posted on caregiver or classified websites. They find a job and communicate via email or text message with the “client,” who sends a check and asks the caregiver to deposit it, and then send some of the money to a landlord or to purchase supplies related to the position. Despite the “client’s” claims, it’s all a scam. *‘Wrap your car in an advertisement.’ A company claims an applicant can make hundreds of dollars per week by wrapping his or her vehicle in an advertisement for an energy drink or other product. The applicant is told to provide payment before the ad can be placed on the vehicle. In truth it’s a scam. “Regardless of the pitch, if you’re asked to send money as part of a job you found online, be very careful,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Con artists are good at what they do, and some pretend to work for legitimate companies in order to make their scams seem real. Before providing any money or personal information, conduct your own independent research. If you suspect a scam, contact my office.” Signs of a job scam include: * Interviews conducted only online or via instant messenger. * Employers who send a check before the work has started. * Upfront payments required from the applicant for a home office or supplies. * Recruiters who claim to work for a large company but use a third-party email account, instead of a company email address. * Employers who ask an applicant to send money via wire transfer or prepaid card. * Offers that seem too good to be true. Consumers can report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov [ http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov ] or 800-282-0515.

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Obituaries

William F. (Bill) Bonifay

William F. (Bill) Bonifay

William F. (Bill) Bonifay passed away at home on Feb. 4. Born in Akron, Ohio on July 30, 1929, he was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was a member of the Local 2 URW. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn J. Bonifay, in 2011. He was also preceded by his parents, Aubrey F. Bonifay and Anna Ruth (Hill) Bonifay. He is survived by his sisters, Virginia E. Croasmun and Brenda (Gary) Lindsey, and many precious nephews, nieces, and good friends. Internment will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. All services are private.

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Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

HOPEDALE – Sheriff’s cruisers lined the front of Harrison East Elementary in Hopedale Monday afternoon. Parents were notified with a recorded message via phone that a written threat had been made. What kind of threat is unclear but a sheriff’s deputy was seen escorting a dog into the building around 2 p.m. Harrison Hills Board of Education (HHBOE) Superintendent, Dana Snider said briefly that a call came in around 11 a.m. The phone alert informed parents that their children could be picked up at the fire hall at any time. Further details to follow.

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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District helps to paint Tusc pink with kayak event

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District helps to paint Tusc pink with kayak event

Each October Union Hospital leads a community-wide initiative to Paint Tusc Pink as part of the effort to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) has answered the call with a display in front of the New Philadelphia office along with an event to serve as a fundraiser on Oct. 17 at Atwood Lake Park. All proceeds will benefit Union Hospital’s Breast Imaging Center. “Once we came up with a theme for our display “Kayak for Cancer”, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take it one step farther by creating a fundraising event.” Says Adria Bergeron, Marketing Coordinator for the MWCD. “Kayaking is a rapidly growing watersport and we see a great deal of interest on the MWCD lakes.  What better reason to get back on the water, possibly one last time before the cold weather sets in, than to raise money for a great cause.” The event will take place at the beach at Atwood Lake Park from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are all welcome in the event with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 per solo boat or $40 per tandem. A limited number of kayaks are available to rent for an additional $15, which also includes a paddle and life jacket. (Advance registration is required for rental, contact Kara Musser at (330) 343-6647 ext. 2614.) Registration forms are available online at mwcd.org or at the MWCD office located at 1319 Third Street NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio. The paddle will be led by MWCD Program Coordinator and certified Kayak Instructor, Kara Musser. Boats will depart from the beach and enjoy a paddle around Atwood Lake on an approximately three-mile trip. Due to the possibility of cool air temperatures, paddlers are encouraged to dress in layers and avoid clothing made of cotton. The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $11.1 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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William F. (Bill) Bonifay

William F. (Bill) Bonifay

William F. (Bill) Bonifay passed away at home on Feb. 4. Born in Akron, Ohio on July 30, 1929, he was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was a member of the Local 2 URW. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn J. Bonifay, in 2011. He was also preceded by his parents, Aubrey F. Bonifay and Anna Ruth (Hill) Bonifay. He is survived by his sisters, Virginia E. Croasmun and Brenda (Gary) Lindsey, and many precious nephews, nieces, and good friends. Internment will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. All services are private.

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Patricia L. Hursey

Patricia L. Hursey

Patricia L. Hursey, age 66, of Scio passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, in Harrison Community Hospital, Cadiz. Born May 24, 1949 in Martins Ferry, she was a daughter of the late James P. Yoho and Betty Jane Hendershot Yoho. Patricia had been employed at the former Elby’s Restaurant and the former ABC Nursing Home both in St. Clairsville and the Cadiz Country Club and Cadiz Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed collecting Native American dolls and memorabilia. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Hugh Allen Hursey on July 5, 2000 and a sister Pam Stromski. Surviving are her children Jeffrey (Holly) Hursey of Dover and Rhonda (Matt) Fisher of Morgantown, W.Va.; companion Fred Guthriee of Scio; brothers James (Sandy) Yoho of Cadiz and John (Nancy) Yoho of Scio; a sister Betty Luyster of Morristown; grandchildren Judy, Blade, Danny, Renee, Amy and Luke and five great grandchildren. Services will be held Wednesday at 12 p.m. in Koch Funeral Home, Scio. Burial will follow in Hanover Cemetery, Scio. Friends may call Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. www.kochfuneral.com

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Dolores Jenkns

Dolores Jenkns

Dolores Jenkins, age 95, of 33170 Belmont Ridge Road, Piedmont, died at home at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. She was born Aug. 30, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Emil Plantner and Julia Vild Plantner. She was a member of the Jehovah Witness Church at Cadiz. Her husband, Stanley A. Jenkins is deceased. Surviving are two daughters: Kathleen “Candy” Werner of Piedmont and Karen (David) Hatcher of Cleveland Heights; four grandchildren: Paul Werner, Julie (Michael) Brewer, Davena Hatcher, and Kevin (Lisa) Hatcher; and three great-grandchildren: Zachery Brewer, Kyle Hatcher, and Kamerin Hatcher. Dolores was very proud of her grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Atkins. Dolores has been cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Koch Funeral Home, Freeport was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.kochfuneralhome.net.

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Regina J. Cunningham

Regina J. Cunningham

Regina J. Cunningham, 87 of Kenwood, died Friday, Feb. 05, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 21, 1928 in Florence, Ohio, a daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth Bowen Yeater. Mrs. Cunningham was a homemaker and attended the First Church of God in Cadiz. She served in the WACs during WW II, was an avid gardener and loved mowing her lawn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Cunningham, Sr. in 2005; 3 brothers, Henry, Joseph and Robert Yeater; and 4 sisters, Euella Vinka, Leah Briggs, Ruth Davia and Edna Yarian. Surviving are a son James R. (Robin) Cunningham, Jr. of Kenwood; three daughters, Jacqueline (Dennis) Roth of Unionvale, Toni Lynn (Kenneth) Ray of Hundred, W.Va., and Margetta (Timothy) Kenny of Cadiz; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Orville (Virginia) Cunningham of Hopedale; and two sisters-in-law, Thelma Harris of Dunglen and Linda Sowers of Kenwood. Friends may call Sunday, 2-6 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz where funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Craig Haney officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.  The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Gerald “Mose” Dean Wurschum

Gerald “Mose” Dean Wurschum

Mr. Gerald “Mose” Dean Wurschum, 77, of Fayetteville, NC formerly of Hopedale, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He was born on June 9, 1938, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Charles Richard Wurschum and Gladys Pratt Wurschum. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry Dean Wurschum. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Byers Wurschum, of the home; one daughter, Paula A. Faircloth and husband Byron, of Fayetteville, N.C.; three sons, Toby W. Wurschum, and wife Angelika of Rio Rancho, NM, Daren L. Wurschum and wife Ruth, of Stedman, N.C., and Eric A. Wurschum, and wife Lisa, of St. Pauls, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a special, close nephew, Michael E. Wurschum, and wife Judy, of Hopedale, Ohio, along with several other nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces of Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38102. Online condolences may be sent to sullivanshighland.com. Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service and Crematory of Fayetteville, N.C.

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Drusilla Ruth “Dru” Toland

Drusilla Ruth “Dru” Toland

“Together Again” Dru and Junior Drusilla Ruth “Dru” Toland, age 73, of 33510 Cadiz-Piedmont Road, Piedmont died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in her home. She was born Feb. 25, 1942 in Harrison County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Harry Forest Myers and Hilda Lenore Brobston Myers. She was a 1960 graduate of Wayne High School in Bloomingdale. She had a career of over forty years driving truck hauling milk for Toland Milk Transport and was a member of the Piedmont United Methodist Church and the Freeport Order of Eastern Star #319. Her husband, Ralph “Junior” Toland died March 5, 2015. They were married Oct. 26, 1962 at Unionport United Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter Kim Toland of Flushing, son, Michael (Nancy) Toland of Piedmont, and two granddaughters, Chelsea Toland and Kaylee Toland, and a sister, Kathy (Butch) Shuman of Carrollton. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Myers and two sisters, Irene Trombetti and Marge Myers. Visitation will be held in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5 with Pastor Wilford Simeral officiating. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Moorefield Township Volunteer Fire Department in care of Sam Cunningham. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home’s website. www.kochfuneralhome.net – Koch Funeral Home, Freeport (740) 658-3470

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Homer Guy “Butch” Smith

Homer Guy “Butch” Smith

Homer Guy “Butch” Smith, Jr., 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cadiz, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 17, in Las Vegas. He was born April 9, 1951 in Wheeling, W.Va., a son of the late Homer Guy Smith, Sr. and the late Lydia West Smith Mallory. Butch was affiliated with St. James A.M.E. Church when he was in Cadiz. He was a avid golfer and enjoyed working with computers. He worked in security at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Wilmore Mallory and two brothers, Lance and Roger Smith. Surviving are his children: Sean Strother of Suitland, Md., Javon’s Chatman of Washington, DC, Malik Smith of Ft. Washington, Md., Dawn (James) West of Cadiz and Nicole Garret of Capitol Heights, Md.; several grandchildren; two brothers, Tyrone (Patricia) Smith of Cadiz and Kim (Norma) Smith of Las Vegas; and three sisters, Barbara Jo (Charles) Gross of Cadiz, Gail Sheilds and Debbie Mallory of Steubenville. A memorial service will be held Feb. 13,  at 2:30 p.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church in Cadiz with Rev. William Lewis officiating. Local arrangements are by Clark-Kirkland Funeral Home, Cadiz. Online condolences may be made at www.clark-kirkland.com.

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Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

Threat centered on Hopedale Elementary

HOPEDALE – Sheriff’s cruisers lined the front of Harrison East Elementary in Hopedale Monday afternoon. Parents were notified with a recorded message via phone that a written threat had been made. What kind of threat is unclear but a sheriff’s deputy was seen escorting a dog into the building around 2 p.m. Harrison Hills Board of Education (HHBOE) Superintendent, Dana Snider said briefly that a call came in around 11 a.m. The phone alert informed parents that their children could be picked up at the fire hall at any time. Further details to follow.

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Scio accident shuts down Main Street

Scio accident shuts down Main Street

SCIO – An accident on Harrison 9, which runs through Scio, shut down a portion of Main Street Monday morning after a Dodge Ram pickup truck plowed into a telephone pole, flipping over and coming to rest on its side in the middle of the road. Main Street was shut down for approximately an hour as rescue teams cut Tyler Carman, 27, of Carrollton, out of his truck. Carman was transported to a nearby field where he was then life flighted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to Ohio State Patrol (OSP) personnel who were on the scene. The OSP trooper stated that Carman suffered severe injuries but couldn’t state for sure if they were life threatening. Both lanes of Harrison 9 in downtown Scio were closed off. The accident happened right in front of a resident who said she heard a loud bang and looked to see the truck flip over on its side. She ran out to Carman and seeing the side of his face bloodied ran back into the house for a towel to comfort him and called 9-11. According to the OSP, a witness who was behind Carman told the trooper that there was no swerving or any other vehicle involved in the accident. The witness told the trooper that the truck drove straight into the pole. The OSP officer stated that they are looking at a possible medical condition, as well as an interior or exterior cause to the crash.  

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Scammers continue to target AEP Ohio customers

Scammers continue to target AEP Ohio customers

The Harrison County Sherif passed along an e-mail issued by AEP to inform customers of scammers operating in Ohio. BE ALERT. SCAMMERS CONTINUE TO TARGET AEP OHIO CUSTOMERS Customers encouraged to call AEP Ohio for verification GAHANNA, Ohio, Jan. 29 – Scammers are at it again. They are hitting up AEP Ohio customers this week, demanding immediate payment. AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), says beware and be suspicious of these demands. “We’ve had numerous reports throughout our service territory,” says Karen Sloneker, director of AEP Ohio Customer Services and Marketing. “You may be given an 800 number to call, and the recording can sound legitimate. “It provides prompts similar to ours and even connects you to what they call a ‘customer services rep’ who asks for your account number.” The latest reported calls ask customers for cash and to meet in a parking lot or other non-authorized payment location. Customers also are reporting someone is knocking on doors and demanding payment or be immediately disconnected. AEP Ohio never demands immediate payment, never insists on a prepaid credit card and never asks you to meet us in a non-authorized payment location. Follow these tips to recognize scams and help keep you safe. · If you’re told your account is past due, check your account’s status online. · Only make payments to authorized AEP Ohio agents or through AEPOhio.com. · Our employees are always willing to show their company ID. Just ask. · If in doubt, call us at 1-800-672-2231.

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