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Connect Appalachia supports program to deliver high-speed internet
A collaborative effort between a local village and one of its businesses will mean first-time high-speed internet access for village residents.
The Connect Appalachia Broadband Task Force has teamed up with locally-owned Rowe Networks to help make broadband internet access available for hundreds of previously-unserved Guernsey County residents. Working hand-in-hand with the Village of Byesville, Rowe Networks will work towards bridging the digital divide that separates local residents from business, education, and even public health opportunities. Rowe Networks CEO Josh Rowe spoke about what this project means for residents of Guernsey County:
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Officials from the Village of Byesville were also in attendance to celebrate the new opportunities for village residents. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley explained why Byesville was eager to partner with Rowe Networks on this venture:
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Before the collaboration, more than 1,900 residents in and around Byesville had no options for high-speed internet access.
A group of Meadowbrook High School students are banding together to fight Polio in third-world countries.
Members of the Meadowbrook Interact Club - the youth arm of the Byesville Rotary Club - held a "Purple Pinkie" Fundraiser on Friday afternoon to help wipe out the crippling disease in the few remaining countries where Polio is endemic. Interact Club President Alex Eckelson answered the question "Why Purple Pinkies?":
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Club Advisor Sharon Miller said that, last year, the Interact Club donated more than $300 to Rotary International, which will provide around 300 vaccines for children in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, where Polio remains endemic.
Since 1985, Rotary Club International has contributed to the effort that has eliminated Polio in 99 percent of the world's children.
To donate to the Purple Pinkie campaign, contact any member of the Byesville Rotary Club or Meadowbrook Interact Club.
Community leaders and residents joined Congressman Bill Johnson for the grand opening of his new district office in Cambridge on Friday.
Congressman Johnson and his staff welcomed constituents for conversation and a tour of the Cambridge Sixth Congressional District Office on Friday morning. Anthony Adornetto, who serves as Field Representative for the new office, explains the benefit of establishing an office in Cambridge:
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The new office is located at 116 Southgate Parkway, near the intersection with Wheeling Avenue, and marks a central location to which Johnson's constituents can travel to ask questions or voice concerns. The Sixth Congressional District contains much of eastern Ohio, and extends from the Buckeye State's southern-most point in Lawrence County to Mahoning County in northeast Ohio.
The new Cambridge office can be reached by phone at 740.432.2366.
<b>Photo:</b> Anthony Adornetto (far left) and Congressman Bill Johnson (foreground, far right) welcome two Guernsey County residents to the new district office in Cambridge.
Authorities release more info on Tuesday night incident
The Ohio Attorney General's Office says a 20-year-old man shot during a confrontation with Coshocton County Sheriff's deputies died on Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators say David Stahl was shot and a deputy was injured in the incident that happened just after 10:00pm along U.S. Route 36. According to Coshocton County Sheriff Tim Rogers, the incident began when officers from New Concord chased Stahl, who was driving erraticly, into Coshocton County. Deputies located the vehicle and began a pursuit, which ended on Route 36 near Township Road 509. While trying to take the suspect into custody, he was shot. A deputy was also injured in a crash related to the chase.
Contrary to other media reports, the suspect was taken to Coshocton County Memorial Hospital and then was transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus, where he died. The deputy injured in the crash was treated and released.
Structure sustains 40% damage in Thursday morning blaze
One local fire company was called to the scene of a blaze in a residential area early Thursday morning.
Reports from the Cambridge Fire Department indicate four trucks and 16 firefighters responded to the scene on S. 12th Street - near the intersection with Gaston Avenue - at around 3:30am. The fire, which damaged approximately 40 percent of the structure, was extinguished quickly.
25-year-old Jerad Morrison will serve 15 years-to-life
A Caldwell man, charged with the July murder of his wife, was convicted and sentenced on Wednesday.
25-year-old Jerad M. Morrison entered a negotiated "guilty" plea to a single count of murder when he appeared in Noble County Common Pleas Court. Upon the recommendation of Special Prosecutor Daniel G. Padden, Morrison was immediately sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison.