Division of Unclaimed Funds warns of scam

The Division of Unclaimed Funds is warning Ohioans about a website claiming they must pay a fee to have their missing money returned. The website, www.neverclaimed.com, tells consumers that they will receive their missing money after paying varying fees, ranging from $12.00 to $29.99.

It does not cost anything to retrieve unclaimed funds from the division, and the website, www.neverclaimed.com, is not affiliated with the division.

The website is also providing false details regarding Ohio properties and fraudulent claim forms. This form cannot be accepted by the division.

Some scam victims found the website via online search engines. Others were called by the company with a phone number of 866-955-1623.

“We are committed to returning to Ohioans what is rightfully theirs,” Division of Unclaimed Funds Superintendent Yaw Obeng said. “Unfortunately, others aren’t, and this scam is taking money out of Ohioans’ pockets instead of putting it back.”

Ohioans searching for their unclaimed funds are encouraged to work directly with the division, either online or by calling877-644-6823.

Posted on August 8, 2017 .

How many years does it take to become a doctor of chiropractic?

Did you know?

It takes seven years of higher education, intensive study, and rigorous training to become a doctor of chiropractic?

Yep, it's true. So next time you visit one, like Dr. Booth or Dr. Roe - whether it's to treat a musculoskeletal condition or even get advice on proper nutrition - know that he or she truly is committed to helping people move from pain to well-being.

Posted on August 7, 2017 .

Libraries are not just about books anymore 


Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can undertake. 

Although it is often said to be the most rewarding, it can also be difficult, lonely and, at times, overwhelming.    

Adding to the struggle is the need to find activities that are engaging, fun and educational for both child and parent. 

Many families are discovering that their local library meets many of these needs. This is
especially true if it happens to be part of the 450 libraries nationwide that comprise the Family Place Libraries network, a place that boasts welcoming, age-appropriate, interactive play areas and programs, parent groups, resources, and, of course, books.

Family Place Libraries are a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that
literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. 

"The Family Place Libraries initiative is transforming how libraries work with young children and their families -- from the librarians themselves to the parents, to early childhood specialists," says Kathy Deerr, National Coordinator Family Place Libraries. "And it is
transforming entire libraries."

In late 2012, Middle Country Public Library, the facility that created Family Place Libraries was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant's goal was to look at this model as a vehicle to effect institutional change as it relates to early childhood and family support in public libraries.

A three-year evaluation of this grant by Nagle & Associates, a full-service national consulting firm supports Deerr's statement.

This study follows 28 libraries implementing the Family Place Libraries model. The evaluation found positive changes in children's librarians' knowledge, attitudes, and practices; children's services; and attitudes toward children's services. The evaluation also found positive changes
in parents' perceptions of libraries.

"Parents who made connections to their local libraries came to deeply appreciate and use the library as part of their support network," according to the evaluation.

"The Family Place Libraries changed how librarians view their role," Deerr says. "They are really early childhood and parent supporters. These libraries are more interactive and meet family needs of playful early learning, parent engagement and connecting to
resources."

For more information, visit www.familyplacelibraries.org.

Posted on August 7, 2017 .

At Newcomerstown Public Library

Free high-speed, unlimited Internet for a week. Got your attention? That is exactly what the Newcomerstown Public Library is offering you with the new T-Mobile Wifi Hotspot lending program. The devices allow you to connect up to fifteen devices to the Internet, and it won’t cost you a penny. You need a library card in good standing; be at least 18 years of age; live in Tuscarawas, Coshocton, or Guernsey Counties; have a current ID; and sign the hotspot checkout agreement. And that’s it. The hotspots do not track your online usage or filter content; they merely provide access to the Internet.

If you have questions, the Library will answer them or help you get connected to the hotspot. Only Newcomerstown Public Library cardholders may place holds on the devices, and the Library has fifteen of them, so be sure to stop at the Library soon to reserve one. The devices become available on Monday, August 14.

On Friday, August 18, Ronald McDonald is coming to the Newcomerstown Library at 1 p.m. don’t miss him! The coming of autumn will mark the return of Trivia Night on Friday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. Belinda’s Make-n-Take also returns with two sessions on Wednesday, September 20. Sign ups begin Monday, August 28. The Art Club begins on Tuesday, September 26 from 4:30pm-5:30 p.m. and will run on the last Tuesday of each month. Teen Book Club runs the next day, the last Wednesday of each month, from 4:30pm-5:30 p.m.

New Arrivals: Revenge of the Horseclans by Robert Adams; The Return by Suzanne Woods; Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman; Nothing Stays Buried by P.J. Tracy; Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey; Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo; A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly; The Killing School by Brandon Webb; The Child by Fiona Barton; Two Nights: Kathy Reichs; Wired by Julie Garwood; The Total Deer Hunter Manual by Scott Bestul; I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lesson by Kevin Hart; Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano; House of Spies by Daniel Silva; High Stakes by Fern Michaels; Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gaboldon; Coyote Hunting Made Simple by Scott Dawson; Boone and Crockett Club’s Complete Guide to Hunting Whitetails by Craig Boddington.

New DVD Arrivals: Paths of Glory; All Quiet on the Western Front; Citizen Kane; The Birds; Ghost in the Shell; Boss Baby; Gifted; Smallville Season 5; El Senor de los Cielos Volumes 1-2; The Promise; The Fate of the Furious; Smurfs: The Lost Village; Kong: Skull Island; the Zookeepers Wife; Chips; Power Rangers; Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Posted on August 4, 2017 .

Newcomerstown museums bringing tourists to town

Another mystery bus tour visited our museum today.

50 people had a great meal by Baker's IGA, toured both museums, and was entertained by the museum's Living Village and Vane Scott's flag program, The Many Faces of Old Glory. The guests all said that it was a great tour and loved everything.

Our local museum rocks!

Posted on July 24, 2017 .

Public Notice: Auction set for next week

Items from 2003-2004 will be auctioned

The Division of Unclaimed Funds will hold an auction of safe deposit box items on July 28. This is the third auction to take place this year.

The auction will start at 9 a.m. at the Apple Tree Auction Center, 1625 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. Private previews can be scheduled on July 24 and 25 by calling 740-344-4282. Public previews will be on July 26 and 27 from noon to 5 p.m.

More than 1,000 lots will be up for bid during the two-day auction. Some lots include unique items including gold and silver coins, paper currency and silver bars.

Money collected from the auction will then be allocated to the safe deposit box owner’s account. Rightful owners of the deposit boxes will still be paid cash proceeds from the sale when they file an approved claim.

Auctions will continue being held to free up valuable space for the Division to collect safe deposit box items in the future.

If you are interested in bidding on items, you can do so in person or online.

Posted on July 21, 2017 .

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Posted on July 8, 2017 .

Cy Young Park Pool now open seven days a week

New hours effective Sunday, July 9

Cy Young Park and Pool has announced that the pool will now be open seven days a week beginning Sunday, July 9. Michael Wise, park manager, said the change in days and hours had been on his agenda since the beginning of the season. "The pool is doing well. We are ahead of last year, and that was one of our best years. So, it is time to make the pool available every day that is possible in the summer. We have had to close several days this season due to bad weather and equipment problems. Being open seven days should alleviate some of the pain from unfortunate closings."

Wise said that the hours of operation for all seven days will now be the same; 12-5 p.m., noting that Friday, Saturday and Sunday will no longer have longer hours.

In addition, the pool will also be open for Adult Swim seven days a week from 11 a.m. to noon. For the rest of the season, the admission for the adult swim will be reduced to $1 per swimmer.

"We have had so many individuals and organizations helping us to make our park shine. Step by step, we are making it better," Wise said. "We have had individuals and organizations volunteering, donating, painting, weeding and cleaning. Our little community truly is awesome and it is being proven every day."

CY YOUNG PARK POOL
Open Sunday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission Mon-Thu $3; Fri-Sun $4.
Season passes are valid every day.

Posted on July 7, 2017 .

Elks Lodge #1555 donates $1,000 to Journey's End Ministries

Exalted Ruler Joe Rominger presents a $1,000 check to Journey's End Director, Janet Gore. Newcomerstown Elks Lodge was granted these monies through a Gratitude Grant through the Elks Grand Lodge . Newcomerstown Elks are proud to advance the needs of the less fortunate.

Posted on July 7, 2017 .

Elks Lodge #1555 donates $750 to Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad/NERS

Posted on July 7, 2017 .

Former Newcomerstown officer indicted on charges related to fabricated shooting incident

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a former officer with the Newcomerstown Police Department is now facing charges for allegedly fabricating a story about being shot in the line of duty. 

Prosecutors with Attorney General DeWine's Special Prosecutions Section presented the case to a Tuscarawas County grand jury last week, and the resulting six-count indictment was made public today. 

Bryan Eubanks, 37, is now charged with: 

  • One count of inducing panic, a felony of the fifth degree
  • One count of making false alarms, a felony of the fifth degree
  • Two counts of tampering with evidence, felonies of the third degree 
  • One count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree
  • One count of workers' compensation fraud, a misdemeanor of the first degree

The inducing panic and making false alarms charges each carry two firearm specifications.  

An investigation conducted by the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office found that on April 11, 2017, then-Officer Eubanks shot himself while on duty, but claimed he was shot by a man in a vehicle after stopping the car for a traffic violation.  

"The fictional story that this defendant is accused of concocting led to a response involving local, state, and federal authorities, and an Ohio Blue Alert was issued to put the entire state on alert," said Attorney General DeWine. "Considerable resources were used to investigate the claims, and there must be consequences for needlessly causing such serious alarm."

The investigation found that the defendant also allegedly tampered with evidence directly related to the case.

Additionally, an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation found that Eubanks allegedly forged workers' compensation documents to fraudulently apply for benefits related to his injury.

Posted on July 5, 2017 .

Cy Young Park and Pool

REMINDER:
Our active duty military personnel always swim for FREE ... and tomorrow, July 4th, all of our veterans will also receive a 50% discount off of the general admission. Just show your veterans ID to receive the discount.  #CyYoungPark2017season

Posted on July 4, 2017 .

Dedication of new flag and flag pole at Cy Young Park

Please join us before heading off to your July 4th festivities. The Newcomerstown American Legion Honor Guard will be dedicating our new flag pole by raising our new much larger flag with full honors and a 21-gun salute.

Also, the pool will be open from noon - 7 p.m. | $4 per swimmer.

REMEMBER: All active duty military personnel always swim for FREE ... and tomorrow, July 4th, all of our veterans will receive 50% off of the general admission price.

We hope to see you tomorrow!
#CyYoungPark2017season

Posted on July 3, 2017 .

OPSB schedules local hearing for proposed Guernsey County power plant

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a hearing to allow the public to express their views about Guernsey Power Station, LLC’s proposal to construct a new electric generating facility in Guernsey County. The local public hearing is scheduled as follows:

Aug. 15, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Meadowbrook High School
58615 Marietta Road
Byesville, Ohio 43723

The proposed 1,650 megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility would be located in Valley Township. The facility would be fueled by natural gas from one or more pipelines and would interconnect to a 765 kilovolt electric transmission line located on the proposed facility site. Guernsey Power Station would like to begin construction of the project in the first quarter of 2018 and begin commercial operation by the third quarter of 2020.

The adjudicatory hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2017 at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Hearing Room 11-D, 180 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Additional information regarding the proposed power plant is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 16-2443-EL-BGN.

The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

Posted on June 1, 2017 .

Patrol reports 14 deaths over Memorial weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year’s fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 26 and ran through Monday, May 29.

The Patrol made 33,548 enforcement contacts in total. These contacts resulted in 801 OVI arrests, an increase of 8 percent from 2016; 554 drug arrests, an increase of 26 percent from 2016; and 7,846 safety belt citations, an increase of 9 percent from 2016.

“We take enforcing traffic laws seriously, and troopers were highly visible this weekend to respond to the heavy Memorial Day traffic,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We thank everyone who slowed down, buckled up and designated sober drivers this weekend. We ask that you do the same every time you get behind the wheel.”

In addition, the Patrol made 17,541 non-enforcement contacts to assist motorists.

For a complete breakdown and map of Patrol activity please visit http://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/MemorialDay2017.pdf

In addition, the Ohio State Highway Patrol made 9,533 seat belt citations in a joint effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project in an initiative from Monday, May 22 to Monday, May 29. The 6-State Trooper Project includes the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

Posted on May 31, 2017 .

Spread the word: Kids eat free this summer!

This summer, the Ohio Department of Education is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program, providing children with free, healthy meals.

It's easy to participate and no sign up is required. Simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (486479), visit education.ohio.gov/KidsEat or use the Department’s mobile app for meal times and locations. The Ohio Department of Education Mobile App is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, search Ohio Department of Education.

The Summer Food Service Program ensures children ages 18 and under continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer break from school, when they do not have access to school breakfasts or lunches. Children with disabilities and approved individualized education programs may participate through age 21.

“The need for healthy meals doesn’t stop when school breaks for the summer, and the Summer Food Service Program helps provide children with nourishment to make sure summer can be a time for continued learning and fun,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. “Instead of worrying about where their next meal will come from, our students can enjoy activities like reading, sports, playing outdoors and the growing that happens during the summer months."

Many Ohio parents and caregivers continue to make difficult choices every day to provide for their families. In many cases, this leaves Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and youth, struggling with hunger daily.

In 2016, more than 3.95 million meals were served to Ohio children through the Summer Food Service Program with the help of approximately 1,900 feeding sites.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Ohio Department of Education.

About the Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education oversees the state’s public education system, which includes public school districts, joint vocational school districts and charter schools. The Department also monitors educational service centers, other regional education providers, early learning and child care programs, and private schools. The Department’s tasks include administering the school funding system, collecting school fiscal and performance data, developing academic standards and model curricula, administering the state achievement tests, issuing district and school report cards, administering Ohio’s voucher programs, providing professional development, and licensing teachers, administrators, treasurers, superintendents and other education personnel. The Department is governed by the State Board of Education with administration of the Department the responsibility of the superintendent of public instruction.

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Tuscarawas United Rally

David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown | July 22, 2017 | 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Sponsorship Opportunities will be used to offset rally costs, purchase t-shirts to be handed out at the event, purchase media advertisement raising awareness about the rally and need for support of prevention, treatment and recovery services to promote a healthy, drug-free Tuscarawas County.

Sponsorship Levels

$500 Platinum

* your logo appears: on newspaper advertising of event and on back of Rally T-Shirts

• logo and company name will appear on a banner at the stage

* company/organization recognition from stage

• social media recognition

• top placement in program designating sponsorship

$250 Gold Sponsorship

• your logo appears on the back of Rally T-Shirts

* logo and company name will appear on banner at stage

* company/organization recognition from stage

* social media recognition

* top placement in program designating sponsorship

$100 Silver Sponsorship

• your logo appears on the back of Rally T-shirts and on banner at tstage on day of event

• program recognition

$50 Bronze Sponsorship

• name recognition in program designating sponsorship

Tax Deductible - You will receive a full tax deduction for your charitable gift.
Checks can be made out to OhioGuidestone, 202 E Bagley Rd. Berea, Ohio 44017 and marked ADC/Tuscarawas United Rally.
For more information contact Jodi Salvo (330) 440-7320 or jsalvo@pfcs1.org.
*Please note, any funds that exceed rally costs will be held in a fund to grow and promote next year's rally.

Posted on May 24, 2017 .

Zanesville heating and cooling repairman accused of repeat consumer protection violations

ZANESVILLE — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against a Zanesville man accused of repeatedly failing to deliver promised heating and cooling services to Ohio consumers.

The lawsuit accuses Alan Vohs, doing business as Alan Able Heating and Cooling, of violating Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and Home Solicitation Sales Act.  

In 2016, the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court entered a judgment against Vohs for similar violations after the Ohio Attorney General’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against him in 2015. Under the judgment, Vohs was ordered to pay $7,912 to reimburse nine consumers and he was prohibited from entering into new consumer transactions until he fulfilled his obligations under the judgment. 

According to the new lawsuit, Vohs has made no payments under the 2016 judgment and has continued to violate the law by taking money from consumers for service he never provided or for work that was shoddy.

Since the previous case, 11 additional consumers have filed complaints about Vohs with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office or Better Business Bureau. Estimated damages among those 11 consumers total more than $7,800.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit, filed in the Muskingum County Common Pleas Court, accuses Vohs of failing to deliver promised services, performing shoddy work, failing to register his business name with the Ohio Secretary of State, engaging in consumer transactions while owing money to consumers under a previous judgment, and failing to give consumers proper notice of their right to cancel.

In the lawsuit, the Attorney General seeks reimbursement for consumers and an injunction to prohibit Vohs from engaging in consumer transactions in Ohio.

Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.

Posted on May 15, 2017 .

Pool passes - 2017 season

Pool passes for Cy Young Park and Pool’s 2017 season are now on sale! And we are happy to say that the prices this year have again not gone up.

PRESALE PASSES (may be purchased through Tuesday, May 30)
• Individual pass for a Newcomerstown School District resident is $50. • Family pass for Newcomerstown School District residents is $125.
• Individual pass for an out of district resident is $60. • Family pass for out of district residents is $145.

REGULAR PASSES (prices as of Wednesday, May 31)
• Individual pass for a Newcomerstown School District resident is $65. • Family pass for Newcomerstown School District residents is $150.
• Individual pass for an out of district resident is $75. • Family pass for out of district residents is $170.

NOTE: Pool Passes are available for purchase only at the pool and NOT at the Municipal Building. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Dates and times for purchasing passes are: SAT, May 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. WED, THU, FRI, SAT, May 17-20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. WED, THU, FRI, May 24-26, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. SAT, SUN, MON, May 27-29, noon - 7 p.m. (during regular pool hours) TUE, May 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please contact Michael or Kristen at 740-498-6954 if you have questions or require any additional information.

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2017 HOURS OF OPERATION
Wednesday - Thursday, noon - 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon - 7 p.m.
*Passes must be presented at the time of each visit.

ADMISSION (without pass)
Wednesday - Thursday, $3 per person
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $4 per person
*Children 4 years old and under are always FREE

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Stay informed by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CyYoungPark.
NOTE: Pool passes are not valid for most special events.

CONTACT US
Michael A. Wise, Director of Parks & Recreation
Kristen Meeks, Assistant Manager

CyYoungPark2017season@gmail.com
740-498-6954 - park office

#CyYoungPark2017season

Posted on May 12, 2017 .