JEWETT – A call came in late Friday afternoon for a “building fire” which turned out to be a shed just behind Howdy Grant’s house off Jewett Hopedale Road in Jewett. Neither he or his wife were injured as the fire, though close to the back of the house, spread from two barrels to what Grant thinks ran underneath some corrugated steel and caught the shed behind his house, in flames.
Bob and Kathy Coleman, who live just outside Jewett were traveling back from shopping in Steubenville and saw the smoke. As their vehicle traveled a little further that’s when they saw the flames. they pulled over and ran to the house where Bob said he began banging on the door where Grant and his wife answered after being awakened from a nap, according to the Coleman’s.
Rescue units from Loudon Township, Hopedale, Cadiz, Unionport, Jewett, Scio, New Athens, Tappan Lake and Harrison County EMS answered, as East Springfield held at Hopedale on standby, according to a rescue worker.
Cadiz Fire Chief, Leonard Merryman said that when they arrived the shed was fully engulfed. He stated that until the investigation is fully completed there wasn’t a determination on exactly what caused the fire. He added that several E-Squads remained on site because of the heat and concern for the rescue workers, where several were seen shading and dousing themselves with water after the fire was under control as temperatures hit the mid-80s.
Grant stated that he was burning some odds and ends in one of the barrels when he speculated that it might have spread from the ground up, reaching underneath the steel shed where he keeps a flea market. He lost everything in it, including jewelry, special glass cabinets and antique watches.
He also said he had thousands of dollars wrapped up in music equipment and wasn’t sure how much was lost because part of the shed that extends further back did not appear to be damaged.
“I have insurance but it doesn’t replace the good things,” he said. He added that he was getting ready to open for the season as he likes to hold his flea market open for the public on good weather days,as well as provide entertainment.
“No more,” he said.
Jewett Hopedale Road was shut down for periods at a time with one lane operating when open. The Ohio State Police were also on hand for traffic control.
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HARRISON COUNTY – Monday, May 30th, the Memorial Day services schedule is as follows:
Cadiz: Parade begins at the courthouse at 11 a.m., marching to Union Cemetery. Afterward, everyone is invited back to the American Legion Post for lunch at 336 East Spring Street, Cadiz.
Fairview Cemetery: Flag raising at 11 a.m. Music performed by J.T. Thompson; Invocation by Rev. Henry Mooney; memorial address by Harrison County Commissioner, William Host.
Germano Cemetery Memorial service: 12 p.m. (approximate).
Hopedale American Legion: 10 a.m. at Beech Springs Cemetery; 10:15 a.m. at Blue Ridge Cemetery; 10:30 a.m. at Bethel Cemetery; 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery; 12 p.m. Marching in parade to Hopedale Cemetery. Gables Care Center will also be hosting a service at 11:30 a.m. with a gathering at the Hopedale American Legion.
Adena: 9 a.m. at St. Casimir Church, Hanna Ave., will host a Community Ecumenical memorial Service.
Harrisville: 12 noon, a Memorial Day parade followed by a service at the Olive Branch Cemetery. Guest speaker is Tom Foster, executive director of Adena health and Rehabilitation Center.
Also, New Athens will host a 9:30 a.m. service at Longview Cemetery.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of callers who claim to represent the IRS and ask for payment via iTunes gift cards, after 10 Ohioans recently reported losing between $1,000 and $11,500 to the ploy.
Hundreds of other Ohioans have reported receiving scam calls that falsely suggest they are in trouble with the IRS. In the latest twist to the scam, the consumer is told to purchase iTunes gift cards, often worth $500 each, to resolve the supposed tax problem. After buying the cards, the consumer is instructed to read the numbers on the back of the cards over the
phone. Using this information, scammers drain the cards’ funds, making it nearly impossible for the consumer to recover the money.
“The real IRS is not going to call you unexpectedly and demand that you pay off tax debt using an iTunes card,” Attorney General DeWine said. “This is not how the IRS operates. But con artists are good at what they do, and anyone can fall for scams. We’re encouraging people to look for the warning signs and to talk to friends, family, and neighbors about this.”
As part of the scam, con artists may tell consumers to mail the iTunes cards themselves to an unrelated physical address after they’ve gathered the numbers over the phone. This may distract the consumer, give the scammer more time to access the
funds, and hinder the consumer’s ability to report the scam.
Tips to avoid IRS imposter phone scams include:
*Don’t trust threatening callers*. If you receive an unexpected phone call from someone who threatens to arrest you for not paying taxes, be very skeptical, especially if you never received any written notice.
*Avoid making payments over the phone*. Don’t trust someone who demands that you pay immediately over the phone using a gift card, prepaid card, or wire transfer. These are preferred payment methods for scam artists, because it’s difficult to
recover the funds once payment is provided. The real IRS won’t demand that you pay over the phone using one of these specific methods.
*Don’t respond to illegal robocalls in any way*. Don’t interact with the caller, and don’t call a number left on your phone or in a message. Responding to a scam call can result in even more calls because it lets con artists know that your phone number belongs to a real person.
*Don’t always trust caller ID*. Scammers may “spoof” a phone number, making the number on your caller ID appear to be from the IRS, even when it’s not. They may make it look like the call is originating from a 202 (Washington D.C.) area code
to appear more legitimate.
*Check into call-blocking options*. Check with your phone carrier and third-party services to determine whether call-blocking services could help you stop unwanted calls.
IRS or U.S. Treasury impersonation scams can be reported to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at www.treasury.gov/tigta [http://www.treasury.gov/tigta ] or 800-366-4484. Consumers also can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov [http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov ] or 800-282-0515 for help detecting a scam.
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HARRISON COUNTY – Last week the Harrison Central High School students who are scheduled to graduate June 5th went on a little trip and walked the halls of Harrison East and North schools, decked out in complete cap and gown.
The young students from the Hopedale and Scio schools lined the halls making lots of noise, slapping hands and smiling, which had to be an impressive site to see all that pomp and circumstance march through their halls.
The event was referred to as “The Husky Walk” for the purpose of showing the younger ones coming up what it means to graduate, and what it looks like to grow into something productive.
Principal, Brent Ripley said 63 students participated in the walk giving hugs and high fives to the smiling children. Three who participated, Valedictorian, Scott Forrester, Marissa Rockmich and Abby Hart said some of the questions thrown at them had quite a range.
Some of the things on the kids minds for those seniors they looked up to included questions like, “why are the hats square?” They also said there were lots of military interest among the students with the ambition of one to be a marine, Forrester said. One wanted to be an Olympic swimmer and another asked about girlfriends.
“It was important to see old teachers,” Hart said. “It was great for them to see how much we’ve grown character-wise.”
Forrester, who plans on studying biochemistry, noted how excited the kids were and said it was interesting to relate back to when he was that age and make the comparison. Rockmich, who wants to study science, said it was great to stress the importance of graduation to the kids where they went to school not too long ago.
Hart, with ambition of being a music teacher said it was good to see how excited kids could be for their future.
Some of the seniors also wrote letters to the kids. One from Joshua Dunlap stressed the importance of not only staying in school and to never give up but to respect your teachers, as well. He said, “Bullying is not cool” and for the kids to believe in themselves “in everything you do, and no matter what anyone says, follow your dreams.”
Another letter written by Kaylee Toland stressed for them to push themselves, set goals and to follow them through. She also said, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions” and wrote that “…yes, it is ‘cool’ to study for those tests…” She called graduating and celebrating with family and friends “a once in a lifetime experience.”
Toland said that she was planning on a double major at Wilmington College and finished with, “In the future, I’ll be teaching students just like you.”
Senior English Teacher, Elizabeth Brooks coordinated the event after seeing something similar on Facebook. She doesn’t remember where it took place but she was impressed enough to bring the tradition to Harrison County where she would like to see it continue in the years to come.
“Too often kids drop out of school,” Brooks said. “It’s important for them to see how important graduation is.”
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NEW RUMLEY – Association will have many of our friends back with new and interesting programs in this year’s Custer Observance. The observance will begin Saturday, June 4, at 11:00am at the Custer Monument on Ohio Route 646 in New Rumley with opening remarks and honors to the flag. Afterwards, Carrollton’s, Dr. Mandal Haas will be back firing his Civil War cannon on the Custer Monument grounds, along with an infantry encampment of area Civil War re-enactors. Other participants in period dress have also been invited.
We will be having Steve and Lisa Ball back from Columbus to perform. Their program will narrate many of the popular tunes of the Civil War period that had to do with women and includes interesting tales about the people who wrote them.
Steve has studied the American Civil War since his teens, and has devoted the past twenty years to studying the music of this era in American history. Steve has done programs for the Ohio Statehouse, the National Civil War Museum, the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, and countless historical societies, genealogical societies, libraries, museums, Civil War Round Tables and other historical venues such as re-enactments or living history programs. He has released two CD’s of the music of the Civil War and is currently working on a CD of Stephen Foster tunes. He also provides the music for the annual Springfield Ohio Civil War Symposium and is the narrator for the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Brass Band.
He is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. He has participated in the annual Windham New York Civil War Music Gathering, and the Gettysburg Music Muster at the Gettysburg Military Park visitor center.
Lisa joins Steve on the upright bass and vocal harmonies. Lisa is a trained pianist, and an excellent musician in her own right, and is also very knowledgeable on the history of the music in the presentations. She began playing piano as a child, and began playing upright bass in 2013.
CMA member Harold George will present his program on Custer Logistical Problems in 1876, Rations-Forage-Ammunition. On May 17, 1876, the 7thCavalry Regiment under Lieutenant-Colonel George Custer left Fort Abraham Lincoln in the Dakota Territory to participate in the Summer Campaign. This program addresses the extent of the problems of supporting a cavalry regiment in the field for eight weeks. Mr. George is the author of more than a dozen books, quick reference guides, periodicals and DVDs. He has devoted years of research to his program and is considered an expert on the subject. After Mr. George’s program, the Custer Memorial Association’s own Rick Williams (aka General Custer) will be presenting a program about his personal relationship with Chief Joseph Medicine Crow, the 102-year-old chief that passed away on April 3rd, 2016.
Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird was an author and historian of the Crow Nation of Native Americans. He is best known for his writings and lectures concerning the Battle of the Little Bighorn. His maternal step-grandfather, White Man Runs Him, was a scout for General Custer and an eyewitness to the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
During his lifetime he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star Medal, and the French Legion of Honor. During World War II, he became the last war chief of the Crow Tribe, and was the last living Plains Indian war chief. He was a founding member of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth.
The Custer Museum and Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30pm. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Lunch will be served by the New Rumley United Methodist Church.
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