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February 5, 2004 - 3:34pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Here’s the latest information on the natural gas leak on the north end of Zanesville.

Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson says around 3:00 this afternoon Columbia Gas of Ohio repairs crews will turn off gas in the Melody Lake area.

The reason: it will allow gas crews to fix a two-inch gas line that developed a six-inch fracture.

The gas shut-off will affect several hundred homes in the Mill Drive and Richey Road area, which is the intersection where the...
February 5, 2004 - 12:45pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fire Department is investigating a natural gas leak on the north end of Zanesville that has forced some evacuations.

It happened at the intersection of North Mill Drive and Richey Road.

Zanesville Fire Chief Dave Lacy describes the leak as “major”.

Columbia Gas of Ohio crews are on the scene and are working to fix the problem.

Authorities have asked residents within 300 feet of the leak to evacuate.

Muskingum County...
February 4, 2004 - 10:35pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Good news for the Genesis Health Care System: one of the men implicated in a mail and wire fraud scheme has been sentenced to more than two years behind bars for his involvement.

According to United States Attorney Michael Sullivan, 57-year-old Jack Malamut of Norton, Massachusetts was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Malamut must also make $126,000 in restitution to Genesis. Sullivan says Malamut plead guilty to seven...
February 4, 2004 - 7:36pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
There is help out there for the hundreds of people devastated by the flooding in part of the state.

Morgan, Franklin, Licking and other counties hit hard by the flooding qualify.

The federal Emergency Agency says many people can qualify for assistance for the damage for their homes. The first thing to do is call 1-800-621- 3362 for an inspector to come to your home.

Flood victims from McConnelsville will have the opportunity to speak with FEMA representatives...
February 4, 2004 - 7:25pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Attention Pottery lovers, and collectors…

Check out some of the best pottery and antiques Ohio has to offer at the Collectors Weekend, this Friday and Saturday, February 6th, and 7th, starting at the Zanesville Welcome Center, 10 a.m. Friday morning.

If its baskets you adore, the Longaberger Company will be displaying their retired baskets to help add to your collection at the Holiday Inn, starting Friday night.

For more information, about the Collectors Weekend...
February 4, 2004 - 2:58pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Girl Scout cookie sales are down right now.

Although one percent may not sound like a lot, it accounts for about 713 cases or nine thousand boxes.

Megan Crowthers the Director of Communications says, “ We really think that being down in numbers of cookie sales is related to the economy and to the fact that people are more health conscious.”

For those who might be watching their diet, there are some ways to still enjoy the delicious cookies and feel good about...
February 4, 2004 - 1:12pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Its final days are here. The Big Bear grocery store on Maple Avenue will be closing for good on Thursday.

That means shoppers only have today and tomorrow to get what’s left.

Zoning Administrator, Bryan Mason says no one has contacted him about buying the Big Bear lot; he doesn’t expect the area to remain vacant for a long time. The Big Bear Store In Mt. Vernon also closes this week.
February 4, 2004 - 12:05pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The Zanesville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery.

It happened last night at the Certified Gas Station on Greenwood Avenue.

Police say a white male entered the store with a knife and demanded money.

The suspect then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

He’s described as around six feet tall and 150 pounds. He was wearing black pants and a camaflage coat, camaflage gloves, ski mask and tan work boots.

February 3, 2004 - 7:19pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
As our area prepares for the 50 million dollar ethanol plant that is to be built in Coshocton, WHIZ News caught up with Bill Huston of the Farm Agency to find out how this will affect the local farming industry.

Huston says, “ anytime we develop a business that uses an agricultural product its good news for the industry in general I think in this area of the state most of our grain is fed to livestock that’s gonna create more of a demand.”

Huston cites the only negative...
February 3, 2004 - 6:48pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The Girl Scouts are out and about in the community again, but not just selling their cookies.

Instead, they are donating scarves they hand-made to the Eastside Community Ministry.

Barbara Ranck the Troop leader says, “ we decided we’d do a project for Eastside Ministry buying the material through the fund the girls have earned through nut and cookie sales and make scarves. We ended up making 40 scarves.”

Ranck says this was a good project because it taught...
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