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December 19, 2003 - 6:50am
5 years 10 weeks ago
If you are heading to Columbus from Zanesville this morning you will have some trouble if you are using interstate 70.

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department says an accident near the U-S 40 exit for Mcdonald’s restaurant has caused the westbound lanes of the interstate to be shut down.

Officials say a semi tractor trailor wrecked and is leaking fuel. Officials are suggesting people use U-S 40 as an alternate route.

No word on how long I-70 will be shut...
December 19, 2003 - 6:42am
5 years 10 weeks ago
Overnight snow accumulation came as a surprise to early morning commuters today. Muskingum, Guernsey, and Coshocton counties seem to be the worst.

Chief Mike Parton of the National Trail Volunteer Fire Department says that because of these treacherous road conditions, interstate 70 westbound has been shut down at the 145 mile marker, due to an overturned semi-truck leaking diesel fuel. He adds that the slick roadways were also reason to close down that area of highway.

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December 19, 2003 - 6:15am
5 years 10 weeks ago
It’s a slick end to the week in southeastern Ohio.

If you have not looked outside this morning we have a coating of snow to deal with.

Law enforcement authorities say area roads are slick and snow covered and there have been numerous accidents this morning.

There are also school delays due to the weather. The good news is that we are not expected to get too much snow, but if you are going to be out and about this morning be careful because the roads are slick...
December 18, 2003 - 11:40pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Classes will remain cancelled Friday at a Central Ohio school district that had two of its buses struck by bullets earlier this week.

Investigators say they don’t have evidence linking the bus shootings to a series of 16 shootings along Interstate 270 in the Columbus area. Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin says one of the South-Western school district buses might have had two children on it when it was hit about 4:30 p.m. earlier this week.

The...
December 18, 2003 - 11:33pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Tuition is going up next fall at Youngstown State University. YSU trustees Wednesday approved an eight percent tuition increase.

That means annual tuition will go up more than $400 to $5,884 for full-time students. University officials say the hike was needed to offset increase costs such as staff raises and state budget cuts.

YSU President David Sweet says the university announced the decision now to give students time to prepare. The public university had more...
December 18, 2003 - 7:40pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Santa is a very busy man this time of the year, but he and Mrs. Claus are taking time out to help host a special breakfast for kids and adults in downtown Zanesville.
The Bryan Place Restaurant is hosting ‘Santa’s Breakfast’ this Saturday morning from 9am until noon. Santa will be there for any last minute wish lists children may have. Elves from big brothers, big sisters and the Zanesville High School National Honor Society will be there as well, spreading Holiday cheer.
Tickets are...
December 18, 2003 - 7:32pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
The property you own may be going up in value.
An update of property values just came out from the county auditor’s office.
Every six years the state of Ohio mandates that property values be updated by reappraisal for taxation purposes. And every third year after that reappraisal the county auditor is required to do an update of those values based on a sales study. County Auditor Anita Adams says
“we wanted to let people know and let them aware the values may have changed and...
December 18, 2003 - 2:09pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro is announcing a new online statewide database for registered sex offenders.

The E-Sorn website will allow people to look up information about sex offenders in all 88 counties.

It’s the first such statewide program. The U-S Supreme Court in March ruled the practice doesn’t violate the constitution, but civil liberties advocates still oppose online registries.

They say they add unnecessary punishment and are subject to...
December 18, 2003 - 1:28pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Local probationers are lending a helping hand during the holidays and getting some credit for it. By donating canned foods to the Salvation Army and Christ’s Table, those on probation in the common pleas court can receive community service hours.

Judge Mark Fleegle says he’s impressed with the number of probationers who have given this year. He comments, “We have 338 people on community control right now and I’d imagine at least 60-70% of them have participated.”

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December 18, 2003 - 1:24pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
The Muskingum County probation stats are in for this year and County Commissioners were shocked at the amount of crime we had in 2003. Ed Kenily had this to say about this year’s numbers: “It’s overwhelming how much crime there is and I think some of it’s because of the times and the numbers continue to increase and doubled in the last six years.”

A lot can be blamed on the poor state of the economy, but Commissioner’s hope that will soon take a turn for the better and improve the...
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