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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.
On Monday, April 1, Relay For Life Court Jesters will be at Theo’s Courtyard (Coney Island) making calls to raise money for the American Cancer Society Relay of Life of Guernsey County. The Fools event will run 10:00am until 2:00pm. During the event, Theo’s will donate all Coney Hot Dog sales to benefit Relay.
Court Jesters (the Fools) will be working to reach King or Queen Jester status. To reach this goal, each Jester will need to raise $1000 for Relay. Volunteers who reach the $1000 personal goal will receive a keepsake crown and special recognition on the 2013 Relay t-shirt.
Recently, the Cambridge-Guernsey County Health Department reported that in 2012, 75 people died from cancer in Guernsey County. Cancer was the second leading cause of death in the county. The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life team members want to reduce that number. That is why volunteers are willing to be Fools for a day.
Money raised by the Relay For Life event is used by the American Cancer Society to support research aimed at developing better and more effective cancer treatments and diagnostic tests that can catch cancer early when it can be treated more effectively.
When a Fool calls you, be generous. Your donation may help save a life.
More information about the Guernsey County Relay For Life event can be found at www.relayforlife.org/guernseycounty For more information about online giving or the Relay For Life, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org
Photo: “Fools in the Court” volunteers Tom Greathouse and Rick Bryan, who is also sponsor for AVC remote during the Fools event.
Officials and business owners gathered to honor several Noble County residents and organizations at Thursday night's Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
Noble County native Sherri Archer was post-humously honored with the Joyce M. Davis Memorial Award. Sherri, who succumbed to leukemia in July 2012, served her community as a registered nurse, through her work at the Archwood Family Restaurant in Caldwell, and with her dedication to supporting area children in need in various ways. Sherri's husband, Sherman, and children Sheldon and Sheridan (pictured) accepted the award, in her memory.
Shenandoah Elementary school teacher Marcy Murphy was honored as Educator of the Year. Farmers & Merchants Bank received the Business of the Year award, while the Noble County Community Foundation received the Organization of the Year award.
Caldwell High School graduate Morgan Massaro and Shenandoah High School graduate Etta Ray received Noble County Community Foundation Scholarships, to further their ongoing education.
Chairman Terry Rataiczak outlined the prosperous and exciting year that the Chamber has experienced, and thanked area business owners and organizations for all their contributions. Executive Director Jill McCartney invited anyone interested to join the 104 members in the Chamber.