Wayne County, OH

Wayne, Ashland, Holmes COVID levels climb to medium on CDC map

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention upgraded infection levels in Wayne, Ashland and Holmes counties from low to medium for the first time since 2021. Despite this change, transmission rates and new COVID infections remain low compared to the Omicron wave of November through January. Wayne, Ashland and Holmes...
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Orrville man one of eight people arrested on drug trafficking charges

Eight people are now facing federal drug trafficking charges for their alleged ties to an organization that funneled cocaine into Wayne, Stark and Tuscarawas counties. A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed this week following Tuesday’s arrests of several suspects in Wooster and Stark County. One of the suspects arrested this week was 40-year Arnulfo Gomez-Araiza, of Orrville, whose organization reportedly supplied cocaine to the three-county area for at least the past 15 years. All eight of the defendants have pleaded not guilty and remain in custody awaiting federal court appearances.
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Berlin Township — East Holmes Development to Max A. and Debra D. Weaver, 5284 Osprey Drive, $67,900. Loree D. Cummings to Emanuel E. Schlabach Jr,.5479 East St., $69,849.38. Elaine Rennie (1/3 interest), Brenda Austin (1/3) and Gary Alberts (1/3) to KSA Property, 0.47 acres of US Route 62, $310,000.


Marriage licenses Wayne County Matthew Berry Tipple, 7133 Millersburg Road, Wooster, and Destiny Marie Minehart, same address. Steve Joseph Susa III, 808 N. Grant St., Apt. 4, Wooster, and Crystal M....

Wooster BMV closed until further notice

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles Office in Wooster is now temporarily closed. Wayne County Auditor Jarra Underwood had been in charge of the Wooster BMV for the past 23 years, but decided last month not to renew her contract. The Wooster office will remain closed until someone can be found to run it. In the meantime, the Ohio BMV is encouraging area residents to use nearby offices in Orrville, Ashland, Millersburg, Wadsworth or Massillon. Many of the BMV’s services can also be handled online at

Wooster BMV office 'temporarily closed'

WOOSTER - People hoping to renew a driver's license or register a vehicle at the Wayne County Bureau of Motor Vehicles this week have been out of luck. A "temporarily closed" sign has greeted them. "The Wooster BMV is temporarily closed as of Aug. 2 until a new contract is...

Seven Wayne County entities issue single response letter to ODOT

The closing of the Wenger Road crossing at U.S. 30 has been a big concern for residents in the area. Scott A. Miller with the Wayne County Engineer’s Office sent the contents of this letter dated June 30 to Robert Weaver, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 3, regarding Wayne County public comment response for the US 30 Corridor Safety Study. The letter was made available to The DGKN thanks to the Village of Dalton.

Ohio has a special primary election Tuesday. Here's what's on the ballot

Voters in Wayne, Ashland and Holmes counties will cast their ballots Tuesday in a special primary election to select candidates for the state House, Senate and Central Committee races that will appear on the November ballot.  Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. Voters can check their voter registration status, find polling locations, view sample...

Recycling enthusiasts needed for 2022 Master Recycler Program

In a news release, the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District invites those passionate about recycling to participate in its fourth annual Master Recycler Program, which will take place on select Tuesday evenings and some Saturday mornings from Sept. 6 through Oct. 11. The program location is split between the District office in Bolivar, Ohio, and several local facilities.

Orrville Area Boys and Girls club adds new Teen Director

The Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club has added Nicolina Nolletti to its team as teen director. Noletti will now be responsible for implementing teen programs and devoloping resources for teens ages 13-18. Programs will foster positive self-identity; education and learning; career readiness; social,emotional and cultural competencies; community and civic involvement; and life skills. She has worked the past 10 years connecting with children and teens as a caseworker in Wayne County, and is looking forward to collaborating with agencies to provide programming to youth at the club.

Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale this weekend

The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale will take place this weekend. This year’s sale returns to the Wayne County Fairgrounds Event Center Friday and Saturday August 5th and 6th. An open house will start at 4 pm on Friday with plenty of food. Folks can take a look at the auction items that will be available for bid next day. The auction starts Saturday at 9am. New to the auction will be hundreds of gift cards from businesses in Wayne and Holmes Counties and the Hartville area. This is the 57th year of the event.