CADIZ – The driver of a silver Hyundai attempting to avoid another vehicle backing out of a private drive on Country Club Road Wednesday afternoon drove off the road and into a ditch, according to witnesses. The driver came to a stop narrowly missing a tree. The unnamed driver was seen walking around with a bandage on his forehead after striking his head against the windshield, according to Cadiz police, who were on the scene.
Authorities said the driver was not wearing his seat belt. Police Chief, Ryan McCann was on the scene. There are no further details at this time.
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HARRISON COUNTY – Tuesday morning at approximately 10 a.m., a one-vehicle accident tied up traffic for several miles on both lanes. An unidentified employee of Dresden Landscaping lost control of his truck, rolled three times, according to witnesses, and landed on the other side of the guardrail and nearly in the lake.
Witnesses stated that the driver, traveling eastbound, veered off to the right shoulder of the road then possibly overcompensated by crossing the westbound lane leaping the guardrail and rolling his vehicle where it came to a stop halfway between the guardrail and the water.
The driver was wearing his seat belt according to Bob Sobleski who along with another witness helped cut the driver’s seat belt and got him out of the truck.
Sobleski said he was surprised the driver wasn’t hurt worse than he was. “I heard him hollering,” he said. “I made him sit down right away.” The driver had blood running down his face from a gash above his eye and said his chest was sore. Sobleski said the driver was obviously shook up.
An emergency response team was on hand but it wasn’t clear if they were needed. The victim was transported to Harrison County Hospital in Cadiz, according to a worker from Dresden.
Bags of landscaping material were strewn along the westbound lane, which aided in tying up traffic and will take some time to clean up. Traffic was finally free to pass through eastbound but as of 11 a.m. westbound traffic was still bottled up for several miles.
Further details coming.
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By JD LONG
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – Tuesday morning, the Board of Public Affairs (BOPA) council members entertained a concern from Herb Cross, who lives on Country Club Road. Kokosing, who was contracted by the Village of Cadiz to do work on its sewer system in certain areas has not made good on its promise to finish cleaning up the residual effects of the job, according to village council members, as well as BOPA members who acknowledged Cross’s frustrations.
Cross stated his problems with Kokosing began last fall and reminded council that his driveway was torn up when trucks using his driveway crushed the culvert that runs underneath causing it to jam and the overflow ran all over the street. Cross said he would also like his front yard put back the way it was before the work began.
He said he let it go in hopes that Kokosing would come back to clean up, which he and Water and Sewer Superintendant, Tom Carter was told by Kokosing’s people that they would.
“It started last fall,” Cross said. “But I let it go. It put sewer water up to my bathrooms, it’s been a nightmare.”
When Council Member, Rebecca Wilson asked Cross why he let it go since it’s been a problem since last year, Cross stated that when they put liners in the trunk line he thought the problem was fixed but it actually interfered with his tap that runs from his house to the main line. According to Cross, that’s when the problems began.
“They come back and dug up my yard, dug up the front of my house in the yard, the side,,” Cross continued. “The manhole in the back, the manhole across the street [and] left a big hole in the right-of-way filled it back in with dirt and gravel and left.”
Carter acknowledged that Cross has been in contact with his department before but explained that Kokosing stated numerous times that they were to return to fix the remaining problems.
“That’s at least three or four times now,” Carter said. “We had a phone call with the contractor last week [and] there again he’s told us that he’s going to be back in the week of the 26th (of May). We’ve heard this number of times now.”
Carter added that they are working with the engineers to get the problem resolved and admitted that “Mr. Cross’s yard is a mess.”
Council members stated that, though it’s not directly the Village’s problem it is their contractor.
Adam Marynowski of Kokosing admitted that all of the restoration work had not been completed but were planning to come back as they previously told Carter they would and added that Cross’s property was first on their list.
“We’re mobilizing back on site here on Tuesday (the 26th) to finish all of the restoration…” Marynowski said. “I’ve talked to the mayor (Kenneth Zitko) about it and it will be rectified here early next week.”
Cross suggested the village could pay him and he would fix the yard rather than wait on Kokosing to fix the problems but Carter thought it best to wait and see if Kokosing would keep their word for the 26th.
Wilson asked if they should contact Village Solicitor, Costas D. Mastros to contact Kokosing if they were to get no response. Carter stated that it was probably their next step to make.
“How the procedure works is we do have money held back on them,” Carter explained. He added that there was a retainer and what he called, a “punch list” for items to be completed. But Carted noted that that doesn’t help Cross now with the current problem going untreated.
“The longer it sets there the worse it’s going to get,” Cross said. “The more it’s going to take to fix it.”
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CADIZ – Sally Buffalo Park hosted a meeting from the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Success) Committee on May 16. The political action committee, as it’s called, was put together by a group of former students of Harrison Central in order to promote the new school levy this coming fall.
The committee is in the midst of adding members in an attempt to become a more influential force for the near future.
“The intention of the meeting was to continue to build our network of like-minded individuals,” Treasurer, Allison Anderson said in a memo. “We feel it’s important to lay the groundwork for our cause by focusing on our membership first.”
The committee also felt it was better to concentrate on membership now while the school board has time to build some momentum towards winning favor for the levy, which as failed several times in the past.
“We want to be sure that the information we provide to our team and subsequently the public, is accurate and fact-based,” Member, DJ Watson said.
Anyone interested in joining Y.E.S. can contact them at: YES4HC@gmail.com.
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NEW PHILADELPHIA – A veteran of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) since 2002, Harry Horstman is stepping down as a member of the board of directors.
Horstman was appointed president of the board of directors last December. Horstman, whose term had come to an end will remain on the MWCD’s Foundation.
“It has been thirteen and a half great years,” Horstman said. “Thanks to my wife and John Hoopingarner,” he said joking after opening a few gifts presented to him at meeting’s end.
Executive Director, Hoopingarner announced at last Friday’s regular meeting that their are nine applicants to fill the vacancy, which will be decided in early June.
Horstman is a graduate of Ohio University, a retired teacher and administrator and also served for 35 years as camp manager of Camp Aldersgate on Leesville Lake, according to the MWCD website.
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