The latest jobless rate reported for Stark Count is up slightly. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported a 4.6 percent jobless rate in December compared to the 4.5 percent unemployment rate in November and October. The county's unemployment rate is still below the state's 4.8 percent average and the national rate of 5.6 percent. In December of 2013 the jobless rate was 6.8 percent. Holmes County reported the lowest rate in the area of 2.9 percent.
The eastbound lanes of US 30 near Raff Road SW were closed early Tuesday due to an accident. Crews were called to the area just before 7:00 Tuesday morning to respond to a two-vehicle crash. Officials say two people were taken to Aultman Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It was expected around 8:00 a.m. that the road would reopen soon. A second crash was reported at about 6:00 on Route 30 in the city as well. Details about that crash haven't been released.
Local students are taking to social media to keep their current superintendent. Rumors are apparently circulating that Perry Local Schools Superintendent Marty Bowe is being forced to resign. A number of students continue to post to Twitter support messages followed by the hashtags #MartyBowe and #SaveMarty2k15. Some students are publicly announcing their plans to transfer schools should Bowe leave the district and others suggest Bowe is being bullied and someone needs to stand up for what's right. According to numerous Twitter posts the many students and other supports planned to attend Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pfeiffer at 6:30.
Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson, a federal fugitive for more than two years, has been arrested and jailed in southern Florida along with his assistant, Alison Antekeier. Thompson and Antekeier are in the Palm Beach County jail, north of Fort Lauderdale along the east coast of Florida.
A $100 million grant program going to students pursing degrees for âin-demandâ jobs and a host of charter school changes aimed at more transparency and accountability are among the legislative priorities for Ohio House Republicans.
ATHENS, Ohio â Suspended Athens County Sheriff Patrick âPatâ Kelly will take the stand to defend himself in his public-corruption trial, his lawyer told jurors this morning.
The Franklin County commissioners announced today that they will hire one of their top financial managers to serve as the next county administrator. Kenneth Wilson, a deputy county administrator who oversees the countyâs management and budget office and its job and family services agency, among others, will take the job that was vacated by Don Brown in November.