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HARRISON COUNTY: Weekly Construction Update



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


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.


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


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


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.

Erma Howard


Erma Jean Howard, 74, of Jewett, formerly of Canton, Ohio, was called home to be with the Lord on Sept. 3, 2021. She was born on Feb. 8, 1947, a daughter of the late Estella V. and John R. Howard and Charles Poland.

She was a loving mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her boys, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the loves of her life. She enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and shopping at Goodwill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband Bruce Howard Sr.; son, Johnny Wise; and brother, Lester Poland.

She is survived by her children Michael (Debbie) Howard of Waco and Jeffrey (Amanda) Howard of Hopedale; grandchildren Ashely (Jesse) Gayheart, Roger (Amanda) Howard, Kaylee Howard, Anthony (Bailey) Harris, Derek Rogehlia, Keely Wise, Angel Wise, and Johnna Wise; 10 great-grandchildren, whom she dearly loved; her significant other, Daniel Boyer, and numerous other family members and friends.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m. at Clark-Kirkland-Barr Funeral Home, Cadiz, Ohio. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Canton, Ohio.

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

COVID cases spike for 5th consecutive week

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HARRISON COUNTY—Another week brings another rise in COVID cases. Harrison County health administrator Garen Rhome reported 34 new cases since last week — seven more than the 27 reported last week that accrued. Total cases in the county now tally 1,286, with active cases rising to 48; the presumed recovered is now at 1,214. 

Another tidbit Rhome offered was that out of 137 total cases, 14 were in the pediatric category (17 and under), but interestingly, what affected the older crowd is not the case now as only 24 of the 137 positives were of people 65 and older. Rhome said it’s because 75% of that demographic has been vaccinated. But Rhome and the health community do not feel that COVID is something society will have to live with, as it’s been suggested. With enough people getting vaccinated and taking proper precautions, the health community feels COVID will be eradicated.

What Rhome felt hurt that cause was Senate Bill 22, which passed earlier this summer, overriding Governor Mike DeWine’s ability to mandate mask-wearing and other restrictions. Rhome called the move an “incredibly serious blow to public health.” He added that the move by Ohio’s general assembly would impact the state’s public health for a very long time.

Rhome again emphasized the need for universal masking for grades K-12 but called it a “tough situation,” where the schools are attempting a balancing act between health administrators and angry parents who feel their rights are being taken away. But Rhome said the relationship with the Harrison Hills City School District has been good, and he thanked them for their support. He said mask-wearing will help keep kids in school and keep them healthy, as well. 

An astounding figure Rhome quoted mentioned that Harrison County now sits at 253 cases per 100,000, which is one-and-a-half times greater than the CDC’s benchmark for “high transmission.” Rhome also stated that 50 cases are considered substantial, making Harrison County five times more virulent. 

“Transmission in the community is so rapid. It’s really hitting people hard and faster, making them sicker,” Rhome explained. And certain areas of the country are beginning to push vaccinations harder as the U.S. Department of Defense has mandated all service members to receive vaccinations, according to Tricare Newsroom. 

Pennsylvania leads in death ratio numbers for the three area states with 2.1% (1.3 million cases vs. 28,235 deaths). Ohio follows with 1.7% (1.22 million cases and 20,866 deaths), and West Virginia is not far behind at 1.6% (190,000 cases and 3,084 deaths). For the U.S., 39.3 million cases have been recorded, with 640,000 deaths. In world figures, 218 million people have been infected, leading to 4.53 million deaths.

Tuesday’s court sees a light session 

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CADIZ—For the first time in months, Harrison County Common Pleas saw light activity Tuesday as two cancellations and one no-show left just three adult cases to be heard. The first canceled case was the 32-year-old Andrew Hill of Uhrichsville, facing two aggravated burglary charges, both first-degree felonies. He is also facing an abduction charge, a third-degree felony, and a violation of a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor. Two more misdemeanor charges include domestic violence and resisting arrest. His attorney, Anthony Koukoutas, was granted a continuance.

The other canceled case from Tuesday was for the 31-year-old Gage Gardner of Brilliant. Gardner is facing a charge for aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Eric Sanchez was first among the defendants who did appear, but he called in via video conference from the Jefferson County facility. Sanchez was charged with violating registration rules for his unlawful sexual conduct with a minor conviction several years ago. 

Sanchez, represented by public defender C. Adrian Pincola, pleaded guilty and accepted prosecutor Lauren Knight’s offer of one year in prison with credit for time served. Sanchez’s charge was a fourth-degree felony, and he received 53 days credit against his sentence. According to Pincola, his client had requested the offer be changed, but it was rejected.

Also, Rodney Gaydos was arraigned on a charge of possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony. He is facing a possible 12 months in jail, but Judge T. Shawn Hervey said there was a presumption for community-based control sanctions if convicted. Knight told the court Gaydos previously had six warrants for failure to appear. He is out on a $20,000 bond issued from county court.

Facing a domestic violence charge (F3), Jacob O’Hara was taken into custody after a $25,000 bond was set. Leander Brooks IV, the Tuesday no-show, is facing aggravated burglary (F1) and tampering with evidence (F3) charges.

EZ Does It: Cadiz’s veteran-owned, family-oriented handyman business 

Harrison News-Herald Photo/SHAWN DIGITY. The Zeiglers: Eric, Mandy, Zane, and Zyla (and dog Dutchie, who had wandered off) are enjoying an August evening out at the farmhouse.

It’s all in the name: EZ Does It. It’s a local veteran-owned business that was founded in 2020. Yes, COVID was a factor in its founding, but it’s been something that owner and founder Eric Zeigler has “wanted to do for the better part of a decade.” 

According to Zeigler, EZ Does It is best described as a “maintenance solution business that specializes in handyperson projects.” And while his handyman operation typically deals on a smaller scale, he does both commercial and residential work. He doesn’t hire crews of construction workers or subcontractors — it’s mostly a one-man band. And that matters because Zeigler is experienced enough to complete any number of different projects on his own. “I’m well-versed in a lot of different things that are construction-related and repair-related.”

COVID was the stepping stone for EZ Does It; it left Zeigler unemployed and looking for work, so EZ Does It came out of necessity. The know-how was already there, though. He couldn’t reach through to Ohio in 2020 after getting laid off and couldn’t receive unemployment. So he felt like it was the best time to kickstart the business despite the challenge of turning a pandemic profit. But he found a flexible system that allowed him to get the work done quickly and stay vigilant to COVID: “A come-to-you business seems to really resonate with people that’s trying to social distance, as well. It’s worked out fairly well. It’s filled the void. Things are picking back up, and [I’ve] done a lot of projects and been able to keep the lights on and food on the table.”

“EZ” comes from Eric Zeigler’s initials, but the play on words also encapsulates what he wants the business to be: convenient — for everyone. And while the convenience is a huge advantage, keep this in mind: The handyman venture is more than just doing odd jobs; it’s a reflection of Zeigler’s life and a culmination of the knowledge he’s gathered.

For starters, he mentioned that his upbringing — what he calls a “blessed upbringing” — has helped contribute tremendously to the knowledge that he can and does showcase through EZ Does It. Growing up, Zeigler gained valuable hands-on experience with commercial and residential construction by helping his father, a master carpenter. And he continued that if he wasn’t working construction, he was probably “turning wrenches on a vehicle” with his grandfather, a master mechanic. 

That upbringing paid dividends long before EZ Does It, and it also helped Zeigler while serving in the Marines. He worked in telecommunications as a field radio operator with a battalion landing team. While honorable service to one’s country isn’t built into the EZ Does It name, it is very much built into the brand. And he’s proud to use his business as a way to pay it forward. Any veteran who identifies themselves is eligible for a discounted rate — and even police officers and firefighters are included. “I always give the best rates, period, but I’ll go out of my way to do a discount for a veteran.” 

Zeigler won’t blindly accept every job thrown his way. It has to be an ideal marriage of schedule flexibility and skill versatility to maximize convenience. For example, he realizes that weeks-long projects will likely not be a good fit for EZ Does It. Ideally, his projects are measured in days. However, he made a note of his willingness to work with any potential customers: “I will entertain any phone call.” And as mentioned, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Zeigler will accept every job that comes his way, but he’s also not going to run the risk of missing out on filling the schedule. 

Moreover, Zeigler already has a collection of equipment that plays off his proficiencies. He has already amassed various tools and machinery that broaden the horizons of jobs he can accept — which is convenient for any handyman. And he already has the momentum, which allows him to optimize his schedule, live in the rural community he wants to live in, and support his family. “The great part about Ohio is that subcontractors and handymen do have the right to be able to go in business for themselves and capitalize on their skills to be able to provide for their families, and that’s huge.” 

Out on Lamborne Road, Zeigler has set up his base of operations for EZ Does it, but more importantly, it’s his home, and it’s where the Zeiglers live, so family is just as much a driving force for EZ Does It as anything. The business is run by a handyman, a military man, and a family man, all bringing different aspects to the table — and those three roles are all one person. That’s Eric Zeigler, and that’s EZ Does It.

Harrison Hills City School District mandating mask-wearing


CADIZ—At an emergency meeting held Thursday evening (Sept. 2), the Harrison Hills Board of Education announced that mask-wearing will now be required for all students and faculty, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Mask-wearing will be required for all indoor events and inside the school building for class and everyday business.

Masks are being required whether or not a person has had the vaccination.

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