Free brunch, Port Authority meeting, fatal crash

Church to host free brunch

First Christian Church of Cambridge, 1127 Beatty Ave., is hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage brunch from noon to 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 19, following the worship service at 10:30 am Cost is a donation. All proceeds will go toward future outreach projects and the Week of Compassion collection in February which helps struggling areas locally and worldwide.

Dillworth, Svercek earn degrees

Three local students were awarded undergraduate and advanced degrees during Youngstown State University’s fall commencement. Katie Dillworth of Cambridge earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Mark Svercek of Caldwell earned a master’s degree in education.

Port Authority to meet Wednesday

There will be a meeting of the Guernsey County Port Authority at 10 am Wednesday in the CIC conference room, 9900 Brick Church Road, Suite 2, Cambridge. This is a time change for this month’s meeting.

Troopers investigating fatal crash

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Cambridge Post are investigating a fatal crash that involved three vehicles around 9 9:08 am Tuesday, on Interstate 77 near milepost 51.

Troopers determined that a 2020 Freightliner dump truck, operated by 51-year-old Robert Combs of Cambridge, was traveling northbound on County Road 35 when it traveled off the right side of the roadway. The dump truck struck a guardrail and traveled over a steep embankment where it came to rest on its top partially in the southbound lanes of I-77. The dump truck was hauling large pieces of wood, which came free and were struck by two commercial vehicles traveling southbound on the interstate. Combs was pronounced dead at the scene.

One of the commercial vehicles that struck part of the dump truck’s load was a 2023 Freightliner semi-truck, which was pulling an enclosed box trailer. The semi was operated by Joseph Reuss of Orlando, Florida. He was transported to Southeastern Medical Center. The other commercial vehicle was a 2021 Dodge truck pulling a 2016 trailer. The Dodge truck was operated by 21-year-old Caleb Hershberger.

Support Be Kind Week

The Guernsey County Commissioners declared a proclamation supporting the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Dude Be Kind Week Feb. 12-18 in Guernsey and Muskingum counties.

According to Mid-East, the week encourages everyone to focus on how much kindness matters in our communities and how it could spur conversations and activities that promote kindness, gratitude and inclusiveness. Sunday is designated to do something kind for yourself. Monday is doing something kind for a loved one. Tuesday, do something kind for your neighbors. Wednesday, give someone a compliment. Thursday, do something kind for the elderly. Friday is doing something kind for local animals and Saturday is a beacon of hope for others.

The crash remains under investigation at this time. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, Guernsey County Emergency Management Association, Guernsey County Coroner, Liberty Fire, Cambridge Fire, United Ambulance Service, B&B Towing, and Bill’s Towing.

This article originally appeared on The Daily Jeffersonian: Local News Briefs: Free brunch, Port Authority meeting, fatal crash