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60% of Stark's Third Graders Pass Reading Test

60 percent of Stark County's third-graders prove they read well enough for their grade level. More than half of local third-graders passed the state's first reading assessment of the school year and passed it the first time. The students must pass the reading portion of the Ohio Achievement Assessment by the end of the year in order to move on to fourth grade. They will take the test again in the spring. 
 

Man Arrested for Stabbing His Brother

A local man is behind bars, accused of stabbing his brother. Police say 47 year old Terry Stalder of Canton was arrested after stabbing his brother during an argument, although they were still unsure as to what the argument was about. Stalder is facing several charges including felonious assault and domestic violence. He apparently stabbed his 53-year old brother in the right arm. 
 

Two Major Social Service Agencies to Merge

Two major social service agencies are merging their programs and services. Officials say after about a year of work and preparation Quest Recovery & Prevention Services and Community Services of Stark County are coming together to provider faster, more in-depth care to treat the entire person in need. The merger will created a combined $16,000,000 budget and will have have the ability to serve 10,000 clients per year at 16 different sites throughout Stark and surrounding Counties. Community Services CEO, Dan Fuline, says “It is not often that two of the finest, home-town social service agencies in any community make the decision to combine their forces for the betterment of the community." The transition period will occur following the retirement of Fuline. Quest's current CEO, Keith Hochadel will take over the duties as the new CEO beginning July 1st of next year. 

Goodwill Offers Free Trees to Those in Need

The Goodwill in Canton is giving away free Christmas trees to those in need. The trees were brought to the store Thursday afternoon and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. The more than 500 trees were donated by Smith Evergreen in Magnolia and come in various sizes. 

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Vigil held for man gravely hurt in Downtown crash that killed Ohio State student

About 125 people gathered last night at Gahanna Lincoln High School’s football field to pray for a miracle for Bill Lewis, the Columbus city mobility engineer gravely injured on Friday when a crash sent a bus hurtling onto a Downtown sidewalk. But in a sense, a miracle has already occurred. “Surgeons are saying he is defying all the odds in his survival,” said family friend Jennifer Hansen.

Termination ruling on former Marion-Franklin principal months away

There were 14 days of testimony by 43 witnesses. More than 100 exhibits were introduced into evidence. The termination hearing for former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs ended yesterday, but it will be late March before the hearing officer will issue his ruling on whether Columbus City Schools should fire her for her role in the district’s data scandal.

Newark man admits cutting up woman’s pet dog

A man admitted yesterday that he killed and mutilated a dog in Newark on Wednesday. Harley J. Paynter, 19, of 435 Ballard Ave., pleaded guilty in Licking County Municipal Court yesterday to the animal-cruelty charge along with additional charges of drug abuse and underage alcohol consumption.

Escaped inmate caught after 22 years on the lam

A London Correctional Institution inmate who escaped 22 years ago has been caught in Indiana and will return to complete at least five years of his sentence for grand theft, the State Highway Patrol announced yesterday. Investigators learned on Dec. 12 that Roger D. Perdue, 71, was living with a woman, possibly his wife, and preparing to leave their home in Kokomo, Ind., where he had been living under an assumed identity.

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Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

Companies' data security in question after Sony hack

ATLANTA (AP) — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Weird weather lingers in Alaska's largest city

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A week before Christmas, Alaska's largest city should look like a postcard wonderland, and the last place you'd expect to see equipment making snow.

China's wealth finds home in Washington state

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state.

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.

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