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Correction to “COVID cases skyrocket in Harrison County”

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HARRISON COUNTY – A figure published in our Sept. 18 article titled: “COVID cases skyrocket in Harrison County; mask mandate issued for courthouse,” was in error.

In the beginning of the fourth paragraph that states: “Rhome said most cases have generally been mild, with 10-15% OF THEM BEING unvaccinated PEOPLE,” is incorrect and was due to a misunderstanding.

The correct phrase is that 10-15% being mild cases are of the vaccinated people-NOT UNVACCINATED, which means 85-90% of cases recorded are of the unvaccinated.

Accident in Cadiz leads to life-flight

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CADIZ – A motorcycle accident led to one severe injury where Mario Costanzo Jr. was life-flighted to UPMC in Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon.

Costanzo was riding a white Honda motorcycle where he sped past stationary vehicles leading him to crash into the side of a Harrison Hills City School Bus. 23 children were on board but there were no injuries and all were taken to the gymnasium where they waited for other transportation home.

The accident happened in front of the old high school. Cadiz Police, Hopedale first responders and Harrison Community Hospital were on scene.

Read the full account in our Saturday, Sept. 25 print edition.

HARRISON COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update

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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

New Philadelphia, Ohio (September 16, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways next week in Harrison County. All outlined work is weather permitting.

State Route 151 upcoming closure: Beginning Monday, September 20, SR 151 will close to traffic for 21 days just south of Hopedale at Rose Valley Road (CR 14) for a culvert replacement project. During the closure, Rose Valley Road will remain open at SR 151. The detour is SR 150 west to U.S. 250 north, U.S. 250 north to U.S. 22 east back to SR 151, and reverse. The completion date for all work is October 31, 2021.

U.S. 22 pavement repair project:  This work includes pavement repairs along  a three-mile section of U.S. 22 from one mile west of U.S. 250 to County Road 51 (Bakers Ridge Road). One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction. The completion date is October 31, 2021.

State Route 9 upcoming resurfacing project: Two miles of SR 9 to be resurfaced from Germano to the Carroll/Harrison County line. During this work, traffic will be maintained via flaggers. The completion date is October 31, 2021.

Commissioners deny Scio annexation bid

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CADIZ – This morning the Harrison County Commissioners read through the six articles of the petition filed by the village of Scio for annexing over 700 acres that included the Williams Plant. Though the commissioners were in favor of most of the issues, there were a few that they could not vote in favor of.

One of them was the two separate parcels, which UEO argued should have been filed under two separate petitions. The other was the 51 percent majority of property owners being in favor of annexation.

Commissioner Paul Coffland stated when the two parcels were combined, they had 51 percent of the owners signing the document but when the parcels were taken separately, “they did not.”

Though, Commissioner Don Bethel and Coffland stated they would have liked to vote in favor of Scio’s bid, by law they could not.

No representatives were present from Williams.

Tuesday evening, North Township Trustees met in a special meeting and voted unanimously to join Scio’s offer and partner with the annexation. The agreement is for 50 years.

Read the full story in our Saturday, Sept. 18 print edition.

Western Magnesium takes first major step into Harrison County

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HARRISON COUNTY—The Western Magnesium Corporation followed through this week after recently announcing its plans to open a first-of-its-kind plant in the United States and the first magnesium plant in 50 years. A document was signed late Tuesday morning commencing the company’s due diligence while a host of Harrison County, state, and federal officials was present, including U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson (R, District 6), State Representative Don Jones (R, District 95), and State Senator Frank Hoagland (R, District 30).

Finding the best site lasted 16 months, which included approximately six months of JobsOhio and Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation involvement. 

Rep. Johnson said it was only the beginning, and he sees other companies possibly piggybacking Western Magnesium’s move.

“You will not find a harder working group of people and such a strong work base for what you’re trying to do,” Johnson told the crowd. And Sen. Hoagland followed by expressing hope the county’s youth would have a place to work with a better future. State Rep. Jones also said, “We have to find reasons for our kids to stay,” as he thanked JobsOhio and southeast Ohio for their efforts.

Executive President and CEO of Western Magnesium Sam Ataya talked about building an eco-friendly environment. “So really, overall, it’s an exciting opportunity for creating not only a corporate culture but an eco-friendly culture as well,” Ataya stated. “And it speaks volumes to a state that is considered industrial and was dealing with coal and other, what we might consider environmental issues that come along with it and hear it’s the opposite of that; it’s exciting.”

Ataya said his company has been pushing toward this for years and continued to stress the importance of building the magnesium plant here in the United States and operated by Americans. 

“We can build it here. We can be competitive here and have our own people working here,” Ataya explained. “It’s what drove America initially. I don’t know why we’ve lost touch with that.”

Ataya said the cost to build the plant would be around $1 billion, but the 200 permanent jobs promised is just a start — it could mushroom into hundreds more if everything goes according to plan. And the plan also includes working in conjunction with the Harrison Power Plant that EmberClear has proposed for Industrial Park Road. 

Expectations on the power plant have dragged on for years, though there are indications that plans for the natural gas plant are still moving forward. When asked how much the power plant would affect the magnesium plans, Ataya said it is “part of the due diligence process.” He added that managing expectations and doing the due diligence, two common themes used throughout the event, amounted to the 16-month process that landed Western Magnesium in Harrison County (with some help from JobsOhio and other community members).

“So, it’s not an easy step that you take. It’s just part of the due diligence process,” Ataya explained. When asked when the actual process would start, he said now and pointed to a drone hovering above. The drone was already marking and surveying land that would be used by Western Magnesium, even as the event was taking place. 

Harrison County Economic Development Director Nick Homrighausen said the process began with a “state lead” where JobsOhio — then the Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation — assisted Western Magnesium in finding the right area as they narrowed it down to a few locations.

The Harrison County Community Improvement Corporation president, Dale Arbaugh, said they were excited about the proposed 200 jobs being brought to the county. He said the exciting part was that even though the oil and gas brought Western Magnesium to the area, it won’t be directly tied to the industry but rather a branch of oil and gas. 

“Currently, Western Magnesium has successfully produced ‘green’ magnesium in a pilot-scale reactor and will continue to demonstrate the technology in a methodical manner to achieve the goal of commercial-scale production,” per a statement on their official website. Ataya described the plant as taking up around 300,000 square feet and consisting of multiple buildings, but they will begin by using just 50 of the 122 planned acres.

HARRISON COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update

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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

New Philadelphia, Ohio (September 9, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways next week in Harrison County. All outlined work is weather permitting.

State Route 9 upcoming resurfacing project: Work is set to begin Monday, September 13, to resurface two miles of SR 9 from Germano to the Carroll/Harrison County line. During this work, traffic will be maintained via flaggers. The completion date is October 31, 2021.

State Route 151 upcoming closure: Beginning Monday, September 20, SR 151 will close to traffic for 21 days just south of Hopedale at Rose Valley Road (CR 14) for a culvert replacement project. During the closure, Rose Valley Road will remain open at SR 151. The detour is SR 150 west to U.S. 250 north, U.S. 250 north to U.S. 22 east back to SR 151, and reverse. The completion date for all work is October 31, 2021.

The following projects are ongoing in Harrison County:

U.S. 22 pavement repair project:  This work includes pavement repairs along  a three-mile section of U.S. 22 from one mile west of U.S. 250 to County Road 51 (Bakers Ridge Road). One lane of traffic is maintained in each direction. The completion date is October 31, 2021.

Terry Melville

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Terry Lee Melville, 75, of New Philadelphia, was called home to heaven on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, from the Cleveland Clinic. Born Dec. 14, 1945, in Harrison County’s Monroe Township, near Bowerston, he was a son of the late Walter James and Hazel Vivian (Patterson) Melville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Gary Blaine and Betty Melville.

After his graduation from Conotton Valley High School in 1964, Terry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967, having been stationed in Alaska. He returned home to a long career with the former Joy Manufacturing, where he had worked in their accounts receivable department until his retirement.

Terry was a deeply faithful man who loved the Lord and his church, Trinity Gospel Temple in Canton. He was a talented pianist who especially enjoyed playing music as a part of his devotions. He is survived by a niece, April Goodwin; nephew, Mike (Cheryl) Melville; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and lifelong dear friends, Cindy Wagstaff and Steve Graef.

In keeping with Terry’s wishes, he will be buried in his family’s plot at Deersville-Patterson Union Cemetery in Deersville. Pastor Milo Baker will officiate a graveside service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Gospel Temple (1612 Tuscarawas St. West, Canton, OH  44708) and Tuscarawas County Humane Society (1432 Tall Timber Rd. N.E., New Philadelphia, OH  44663).

Charles Cyrus Sr.

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Charles Ray Cyrus Sr., 79, of Tippecanoe, Ohio passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born in St. Albans, West Virginia, on Apr. 21, 1942, to the late Charles Raymond and Elva Ethel (Adkins) Cyrus.

Charles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1961 and served in various countries until 1965. After serving in the Marines, Charles worked on Riverboats traveling from Point Pleasant to Wheeling on the Kanawha River. He was an aircraft mechanic for Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, worked at the Chrysler Plant in Twinsburg, and retired from Consolidated Coal in 2004. After retirement, he enjoyed farming.

Charles will be terribly missed by his wife, Carol (Kinsey) Cyrus, who he married Aug. 30, 1968; their three sons: Charles (Lori) Cyrus Jr., Mark (Kim) Cyrus, and Gary Cyrus; grandchildren: Markie, Koty (Paxton), Conner, Shania (Cash), Stetson and Daisy Cyrus, Cheyenne (Tanner) Bailey, Shaunee (Kyle) Swihart, Mia, and Max McIntire; great-grandchildren: Stryker, Bryler, Hayden, and Ashtyn; siblings: Sharon (John) Loftis, Chester (Janet) Cyrus, and Randy Cyrus, all of West Virginia.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his two brothers Eugene and Roger.
Per Charles’ wishes, a cremation will take place, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. The Miller Funeral Home and Crematory in Coshocton is serving the family. An online memorial is located at www.themillerfuneralhome.com.

Donna Grubb

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Donna Arlene Grubb, 78, of Port Clinton (formerly of Cadiz), died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Edgewood Manor in Port Clinton, Ohio. She was born Dec. 23, 1942, in Bloomingdale, Ohio, a daughter of the late Marion and Sally Vaughn Delloma.

Donna is a retired manager of Rite Aid in Cadiz.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Glenn Allen Grubb, and five brothers and five sisters. 

She is survived by her son, Richard (Carrie) Grubb of Port Clinton; grandchildren: Shelby Nicole (Ronski) Grubb, Cody Alexander and Kyle Elliott Grubb, Christopher Hovis, Cayla Bodi, and Chloie Sartin; and a sister, Irene Vasbinder of Barnesville, Ohio.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home in Cadiz, with Paul Giffin officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Hopedale, Ohio.

The memorial guestbook may be signed at www.clark-kirkland-barr.com.

Emma Jeane Theodore

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Emma Jeane Theodore Busby, 91, of Hopedale, Ohio (formerly of Scio), passed away after a brief illness on Sept. 2, 2021, at the Carriage Inn of Steubenville.
She was born in Jewett on Apr. 17, 1930, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Dorothy (Slates) Busby. Preceding her in death in 2002 was her husband of 52 years, Edolo F. Theodore. Surviving are her children, Bob (Brenda) of Charlotte, North Carolina and Randy of Wintersville; sister, Nancy Tipton of Wadsworth; and grandchildren, Autumn of Columbus, Austin of Clarkston, Georgia, and Lauren of Atlanta, Georgia. Emma Jeane also saw Jamie (Teresa) Martinette of Wheeling, West as an honorary grandson.

Emma Jeane was a devout Catholic and dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hopedale. For many years, she was involved in the Catholic Women’s Club and Hopedale Garden Club, and she enjoyed decades of card club with her close friends. Emma Jeane loved reading, cooking, traveling, word puzzles, Jeopardy!, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be lovingly remembered for her wit, humor, and unconditional love.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7, with 7:45 wake services that evening at Blackburn Funeral Home in Hopedale. Funeral Mass will be held by Father Fred Kihm on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hopedale. Graveside service immediately following at Fairview Cemetery in Jewett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Harrison County Catholic Churches (143 E. South St., Cadiz, Ohio 43907). Feel free to offer messages of condolence at www.blackburnfuneralhomes.com.

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