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December 12, 2003 - 10:30pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
There’s good news at Miami University’s Hamilton Campus. School officials say a private donor’s gift of $3.3 million will allow Miami to build and operate a botanical conservatory on the campus.

Officials say the 7,000 square foot building will allow the University to expand its programs in Horticulture, Greenhouse Management and Landscape Technology.

The Richard Fitton Family of Hamilton, a longtime supporter of Miami University, donated the money. Construction of...
December 12, 2003 - 10:09pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Ohio officials are offering a reward for information about the death of a woman who was killed in a string of shootings along a Columbus highway.

They are now offering a $30,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and indictment of those responsible.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin says authorities are getting a steady stream of tips on the 15 connected shootings.
December 12, 2003 - 10:04pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
The front seat passenger of a Chevy Lumina mini-van has died, after a Thursday evening accident with a Community Ambulance vehicle. The accident happened shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Bell Street.

Unfortunately authorities confirmed early Friday morning that 73-year-old Bessie Moore of New Lexington died as a result of complications from the crash.

The other vehicle involved is a Community Ambulance vehicle, which authorities say was traveling south on Bell at normal...
December 12, 2003 - 7:42pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
With only two weeks until Christmas, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is nearing an end, and they are asking for more donations.
Compared to last year at this point, they are sixteen hundred dollars behind. Major Susan Walter for the Salvation Army said, “We’re just hoping that the community will be able to dig a little deeper to help us this Christmas Season.
We would like to help over 900 families from Muskingum, Morgan, and Perry counties.”
Walter said they have had...
December 12, 2003 - 5:44pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
An area State Senator is resigning to take a job with the state Natural Resources Department.
Senator Jim Carnes, a Saint Clairsville republican, will become deputy director for resource conservation at the Department of Natural Resources.
Carnes was appointed to the Senate in 1995 and would have been forced out by term limits at the end of next year.
The 61-year-old Carnes is a former chairman of the Senate’s energy, natural resources and environmental committee as well as...
December 12, 2003 - 5:21pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
In our endeavor to make whiznews.com even better, we have now added a classifieds section.

Our classifieds sections are free to the public and are provided as a community service. All that is required is to sign up for a free account.

Users will be able to Buy and Sell – Automobiles, Electronics, Miscellaneous Items, and Pets. We hope that this will be beneficial to our users and the local community.

So if you have something to sell this is your chance...
December 12, 2003 - 12:40pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Authorities in Licking County will meet today to discuss a 2002 killing witnessed by the victim's then 2 year old daughter.

Charges against 32-year-old Richard Nicholas Robinson of Lancaster have been dropped. Prosecutor Robert Becker cites newly discovered evidence as the reason, but says Robinson remains a suspect in the stabbing of 38-year-old Rhonda Boggs in her Pataskala home.

Becker says he wants to present new evidence to a grand jury next year.

A...
December 12, 2003 - 12:31pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
The PAWS group, a local affiliation with the animal shelter, is fundraising for their spay and neuter program again. This time you can get a sweet holiday treat and feel good about helping local dogs and cats.

Bonnie Lavy, co-chair of the event says, “if they can’t find a home for them from the animal shelter then eventually they get destroyed, so if we can spay and neuter as many dogs and cats as we can then there won’t be that over abundance of animals brought in to the animal...
December 12, 2003 - 6:26am
5 years 12 weeks ago
An Ohio National Guardsman who allegedly refused to submit to an anthrax vaccination is scheduled to go on trial tomorrow.

Twenty-year-old Kurt Hickman of Granville is the first guardsman in Ohio to refuse to be inoculated for the disease. Hickman's attorney, Kenneth Levine, says Hickman refused to take the vaccine because he thinks it is a health hazard.

According to Ohio National Guard Deputy Director of Public Affairs, James Sims, the trial is not about the safety of...
December 12, 2003 - 1:39am
5 years 12 weeks ago
Several schools across the state are closing as the number of suspected flu cases rises.

Superintendent Paul Johnson of Bucyrus City Schools in North-Central Ohio says Tuesday’s absentee rate hit 35%, which prompted the high school to shut down Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Also in North-Central Ohio, Madison Junior High School in Mansfield is closed Thursday and Friday because so many students were absent. Principal Timothy Rupert says 250 out of the school’s 900...
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