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September 17, 2003 - 5:19am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has asked Attorney General Jim Petro to approve petitions he will circulate to put a repeal of the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase on the November 2004 ballot. The change would revert the state sales tax from six percent to five percent. If approved, Blackwell will try to collect 96-thousand signatures of registered voters on the petitions to place it on the ballot. Blackwell, a republican, says he intends to ask the legislature to rescind the...
September 17, 2003 - 5:14am
5 years 6 weeks ago
The directors of Dayton’s Elder-Beerman stores said today they have agreed to sell the company to Bon-Ton stores for 92-million dollars. The announcement appears to mark an end to a bidding war for the retailer between the Pennsylvania-based Bon-Ton and Wright Holdings, a subsidiary of Minnesota-based Goldner Hawn. Yesterday, Bon-Ton increased its bid for Elder-Beerman to eight dollars a share. That trumped a bid from right Holdings, which had previously offered seven-dollars-and-80 cents,...
September 17, 2003 - 5:08am
5 years 6 weeks ago
The Licking County sheriff’s office says a college student accused of rape used a bed sheet to hang himself in his jail cell. Sheriff’s Colonel Randy Thorp says deputies found 19-year-old Christopher M. Dawson in his cell Tuesday morning. Thorp says Dawson left a note for relatives. Reynoldsburg police sergeant Larry Finkes says the University of Toledo student had been arrested last week at the school on a Licking County warrant for rape. Finkes says Dawson had been accused of breaking...
September 16, 2003 - 11:38pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Four adults were apprehended early Tuesday morning after allegedly breaking into cars. The locations of the crimes have not been released. An eyewitness from a nearby business reportedly saw the suspects in action. According to detectives with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department, one of the suspects brought out a gun in front of the witness. All four suspects fled the scene, but were eventually caught. That’s all the information that’s being released at this time.
September 16, 2003 - 5:39pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Staff members with the Muskingum County Home plan to plead with county commissioners over the firing of the home’s nursing director. Superintendent Rebecca Cooper dismissed Sharon Mozena from her position last Thursday, according to County Home employees for not providing accurate shift coverage and insubordination. Many came to talk to WHIZ today because this has created an uproar at the home. Shirley Schaum, the evening charge nurse, said residents and staff are upset over the firing. The...
September 16, 2003 - 2:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The state superintendent of public schools visits McConelsville to check out area improvements. Susan Zelman made the trip to Morgan County for the day. She visited East Elementary this morning and Morgan High School this afternoon. She believes it’s important for the state superintendent to go to the different districts and work with other superintendents in order to learn. Zelman said the district has shown a great deal of improvements over the years. About six years ago, the district...
September 16, 2003 - 5:09am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Christmas is still three months away, but folks at the Rambo Memorial Health Center are already getting into the yuletide sprit. Volunteers gathered Monday night to start stuffing envelopes for the Yuletide Seal drive. Muskingum County residents will receive an envelope in the mail from Rambo asking for a pledge. In addition to the pledge request, resident will also receive Yuletide Seals that Rambo officials hope they will use with their holiday greeting cards. The Yuletide drive begins...
September 16, 2003 - 5:00am
5 years 6 weeks ago
The latest Manpower job survey is out and the news is not good. It says that Zanesville area employers are pessimistic about their hiring outlook for the fourth quarter of 2003. Manpower spokesperson Rebecca Maxwell says from October to December seven percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees while 17 percent intend to reduce their workforce. Another 76 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels. Maxwell says for the coming quarter, job prospects appear...
September 15, 2003 - 11:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A construction worker in Heath is dead after a trench collapsed this afternoon. The accident happened around 4:30 off of SR 79. The cause of the collapse is not yet known. Rescue crews worked for over two hours to try and free 52 –year-old Steven Durbin of Gambier. Workers drove wooden planks into the ground in an attempt to shore up the walls. Rescue crews also formed a bucket brigade to try and free him, but it wasn’t enough. The county coroner will be performing an autopsy.
September 15, 2003 - 5:08pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A former Navy hero accused of abducting his son after a weekend visit in June 2002 was in court Monday. The FBI says 40-year-old Mark Samples waived extradition in an appearance Monday afternoon in Youngstown Federal Court. He’s charged with a credit union robbery in Red Wing, Minnesota. His son, Christopher Samples, was reunited with his mother on Friday. Samples vanished with the boy 15 months ago. The FBI says a tip developed through the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” led them to...
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