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Fourth man enters guilty plea in home invasion JOE WILLIAMS REPORTER


Jared and Jenny Cox have planted an acre and a half of hops in front of their home on Gene Cox Memorial Drive in Dresden.



Tri-Valley High School grads growing three varieties of hops after article sparks interest HAYDEN KULL REPORTER

DRESDEN ops are typically grown out West, but two local farmers are trying to change that. Jared and Jenny Cox became interested in hop farming about two years after Jared read an article about the production of hops in the United States. While their interest was sparked, Jared said it wasn’t the right time to invest in the project.



It wasn’t until January when they decided it was the right time to try their hand at growing hops because they had open land. The open land was an acre and a half in their front yard and they are now growing three different varieties of hops, totaling 1,400 plants. “I’m just a farmer who saw an opportunity and I love beer,” Jared said. Hops come from the plant Humulus Lupulus and are most commonly used as flavoring in beer. According to the Hop Growers of America website, only 2.7 percent of the commercial hop pro-

Lawsuit: Ballots tossed out for minor errors JESSIE BALMERT GANNETT OHIO

valued thoughts and insight provided by our steering committee,” Summers said in a prepared statement. Summers said he thinks recent tax increases, specifically the recent CAUV adjustment for agricultural land and real estate property re-evaluations, had a big influence on district voters who also were being asked to fund new school buildings. “I’m disappointed, frustrated,” said River View Board of Education President Dan Hothem. “We definitely have the need. I guess people don’t see or un-

COLUMBUS - Have you ever mistakenly printed the wrong date on a check? Make a similar error on a ballot, and your vote might not count in Ohio. Voting rights advocates say that’s not fair. They challenged two laws passed by Ohio’s GOP-controlled state legislature in federal court and won. But Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted appealed the decision, saying courts were upending democratically passed laws. “(T)he only thing that has been achieved is chaos and voter confusion,” Husted, a Republican, said in a statement. Lawyers will argue whether these laws are constitutional Thursday. Here’s what they do: Ballots can be tossed if voters don’t fill out five fields of basic information such as date of birth or current address on absentee or provisional ballots. The mistakes are relatively rare: about 2,800 ballots were invalidated from the November 2014

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Future uncertain for RV building plans JOE WILLIAMS STAFF WRITER

COSHOCTON - River View Local School District leaders say they will meet Monday to discuss their next step following voters’ defeat of a funding package to replace and update schools. More than 80 percent of voters in two counties said “no” Tuesday to the district’s request for 5.2 mills in the form of a bond issue and tax levy to combine its four elementary schools and update the high school. School board members previously had considered returning to the ballot

in November if voters defeated the package in Tuesday’s special election, but that might change in light of Tuesday’s margin, Superintendent Dalton SumDalton mers said. “Whether we Summers try this solution again in November, or we develop a plan that is not quite as complete but targeted at the most pressing issues and possibly more accepted by the majority will depend on a complete evaluation and analysis of the facts and data we have, combined with the

COSHOCTON - A fourth man linked to a March home invasion awaits sentencing on felony charges in Coshocton County Common Pleas Court. Darren K. Dreher, 20, of Coshocton, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and a firearm specification. Those charges all stem from a March 11 home invasion on County Road 23 that ended with two men being captured by an armed woman and two others arrested by sheriff's deputies. Judge Robert Batchelor accepted Dreher's pleas, found him guilty and ordered a presentence investigation before passing sentence, which has not yet been scheduled. Dreher could face up to 17 years in prison and $25,000 in fines, Batchelor told him in court. Two of the four men charged in that case are serving prison terms. Another man also awaits sentencing. Blake R. Lee, 19, of Coshocton, and Jonathan R. Lahna, 20, of Newcomerstown, are both serving seven years in prison on convictions for aggravated burglary, a firearm specification and tampering with evidence. Both men pleaded guilty to those charges in June, and Batchelor sentenced them Friday. On Monday, Zachary W. Donley, 20, of West Lafayette, pleaded guilty to the same charges, plus carrying a concealed weapon, a .380-caliber handgun. Prosecutors also seek forfeiture of that handgun. Batchelor found Donley guilty of those charges and ordered him held


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