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September 3, 2003 - 2:59pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
The Muskingum County health department looks to the community to help continue many of its programs. The department began its one mill levy campaign for the November 4th ballot today. Officials said the levy will generate over one million dollars over the next ten years. To break it down, a one mill levy will end up costing the average homeowner $23.00 per year. The programs funded by this levy covers a wide range. Health Commissioner Robert Titko said one such program is doctors...
September 3, 2003 - 2:58pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
A local biddy football league loses a football field and a team will soon be left with no place to call home. The South Rebels have been playing football at Grover Cleveland middle school for the past several years. But things are about to change. Muskingum County is getting a handful of new schools over the next five years, and the new South middle school will be built on the South Rebels current field. The league has recently repaid back debts and been forced to upgrade equipment, leaving...
September 3, 2003 - 12:32pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Thanks to donations from the public, the Zanesville Fire Department has been able to raise thousands for “Jerry’s Kids.” The Muscular Dystrophy Association receives millions of dollars each year from firefighters who raise money through their “fill the boot campaign.” This year, Zanesville crews were able to raise a substantial amount of cash. They raise 15,434 dollars through the boot campaign and another 3,000 through their annual golf outing. Firefighters in the United States and Canada...
September 3, 2003 - 12:28pm
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Maple Avenue might be a little congested for the next couple of weeks. The city of Zanesville is working on making better driving conditions for those who drive on Maple Avenue. City crews are repairing 35 manhole covers on the avenue and once complete the road will be leveled. To alleviate the headaches of traffic jams, the city will work on the street during designated hours. Mayor Jack Fenton says the project should be complete in two to three weeks.
September 3, 2003 - 10:55am
5 years 4 weeks ago
The soggy summer is slowing a project meant to speed traffic and development through southeast Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the first part of the U-S 33 bypass around Lancaster won’t open in November as expected because of rain. O-Dot spokeswoman Cindy Brown says the northern part of the bypass from Carroll to U-S 22 likely will open by next summer. But Brown says if there’s good weather next year, the overall project still might makes its 2005 completion date. The 141...
September 3, 2003 - 8:45am
5 years 4 weeks ago
The deaths of at least seven people since 1998 in the Hydraulic undertow of low dams has gotten the attention of several state lawmakers. Ohio has hundreds of low dams that slow water flow dams that slow water flow and create pools behind them. Stat representative Jon Husted says the dams are very dangerous. The republican from Kettering plans to contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Miami Conservancy District about the hazard of the dams. Dams of this type were originally...
September 2, 2003 - 10:36pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
An inmate at the Muskingum County Jail who was accused of trafficking drugs from behind bars pleaded guilty to the charge in court Tuesday. 31-year-old Forrest Johnson faces up to a year in prison for trafficking marijuana in the jail. The charge is a felony of the fifth degree. Johnson was reportedly passing the drugs through the prison’s kitchen system. Authorities found out about the sales back in February.
September 2, 2003 - 10:32pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
A former employee with the Masonic Temple in Zanesville pleaded guilty Tuesday to 37 counts of forgery. 31-year-old Charles Lewis also pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of theft by deception. Lewis was the building manager for the Masonic Temple. Between 2001 and 2002, he reportedly forged and cashed checks from the temple account. According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s office, he also deceived the Masonic Temple into paying him $8,900 by claiming he personally paid...
September 2, 2003 - 10:24pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
A Zanesville man convicted of involuntary manslaughter is free on bond. According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s office, Judge Butch Zwelling set a $75,000 bond with a 10% provision for Eric Patterson Tuesday. In 1997, Patterson was tried and convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 3-year-old daughter Lacey. This year, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the court’s instructions to the jury at the time of the trial were insufficient. As a result, the...
September 2, 2003 - 3:10pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Many parents have no doubt spent a small fortune getting their children ready to go back to school. As the kids get bigger, they may need new winter jackets, and the Salvation Army wants to help. Beginning September 8th, they kick off their annual Coats for Kids program, collecting coats at area dry cleaners. In past years, the program has distributed warm jackets to over 600 youngsters. The program aims to benefit children 18 and younger from Muskingum, Morgan, and Perry counties. Coats...
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