NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The United Way of Tuscarawas County is edging closer to this year's goal. A recent campaign audit shows $431,179 in cash and pledges has been received. That's 78.4 percent of the $550,000 goal. Volunteers hope to wrap up the fundraising effort in a few weeks.

"We live in a very generous community," said United Way Campaign Chairman John Beitzel "Even in these challenging economic times, the long-standing partnership between our donors and the United Way is the key to meeting the health and human service challenges of those who need our help."

The Special Gifts Division headed by community volunteer Joseph Vaughn has reached 178 percent of his divisional goal while the Education Division chaired by Rob Maurer of the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union has achieved more than 109 percent of his divisional goal. Others topping the 80 percent mark include: The Healthcare Division led by Allen Corbett of Union Hospital and the Transportation Division co-chaired by Glenn Mears of the Parkway Auto Group and Andrew Wright of McKinnon Insurance.