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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. 

Hoover Worker Injured - Cuts Through Live Wires

The worker burned in the fire at the former Hoover Company is still in the hospital. North Canton Fire Chief John Bacon says the fire started when the worker cut through live wires and he was injured as a result. Chief Bacon says the fire only affected the internal electrical wiring and did not delay the demolition and construction at the facility. The building is being renovated into apartments, retail space and officers. PHOTO: NORTH CANTON FIRE CHIEF JOHN BACON

Pay Raise for Stark County Employees

Stark County Commissioners are approving the pay increase of roughly 108 county employees. Commissioner Tom Bernabei says the contract increases the pay of the line workers at the Stark County Sheriff's office which includes corrections officers, maintenance and mechanics and dispatchers. The increase will be 2% the first year, 3% the following year and 2% the final year of the contract.

Massillon Teams Up with Surprise Donation to Needy

It seems the Christmas spirit has found its way into local police departments. Joining several departments across the county, Massillon police officers and firefighters teamed up with the mayor's office and the Salvation Army Tuesday to deliver presents and food for a needy family in the city. Officials say they dropped off the items to Courtney Mumford, who has four boys and two girls. As a way to generate the funds for the program officers paid money to the fund if they wanted to grow beards thru the end of February. In addition, a cash donation was also made by the department to the family of fallen Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner. 



Honda’s new Marysville museum highlights its manufacturing savvy, vehicles made in Ohio

At the new Honda museum, a supercar is to your right and robots seem to be around every corner. And, just when you might think this is too exotic, there is a minivan. The automaker gave a preview yesterday of the Honda Heritage Center in Marysville, a museum that will open to the public on Jan. 5.

Worthington results disappoint; shares fall

Worthington Industries’ disappointing results for the company’s vehicle-cabs business and problems in its sales to the oil and gas industry took a toll on its share price yesterday.

Huntington buys Wyandotte building

Huntington Bancshares has bought Columbus’ first skyscraper, the 11-story Wyandotte Building, the latest in what has been a string of investments that the bank has made in the downtown areas of several cities where it has a significant presence.

Downtown YWCA, Granville Inn among historic-preservation projects getting tax credits

The state has awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits totaling about $6.1 million to four central Ohio projects.


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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