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September 16, 2003 - 5:00am
5 years 7 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 7 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 7 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...
September 15, 2003 - 4:59pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The purpose is to provide new winter coats for the harsh temperatures, and if it weren’t for one local dry cleaner the national “Coats for Kids” campaign might not have been made its way to Zanesville for a few more years. Thankfully Dave Frick of The Olde Towne Dry Cleaners envisioned all the dry cleaners in Muskingum County combining efforts to keep kids warm when Mother Nature cools off. Frisk says he’s pleased with the progress of Zanesville’s campaign, and reminds everyone that the...
September 15, 2003 - 4:15pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Community Foundation begins its Fall grant competition. The foundation will accept applications until noon on October 1,2003. From there, a panel will decide who gets a share of the $25,000 they will provide for the competition. A past recipient was the Help Me Grow agency. They received a grant of $2,500 used for formula and baby food. Organizers said any nonprofit group is encouraged to apply. Application information is available at the Muskingum County Community...
September 15, 2003 - 4:13pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
A Newark man kills his half brother after an argument at their home. Neighbors heard gunshots on South Westmoor Avenue last night. Police and paramedics responded and found 23-year-old Mike Riddle shot eight times in the back. A neighbor reacted and hurried over to help. Julie LaBrake helped apply pressure to the wounds until paramedics arrived. Police arrested Riddle’s 20-year-old half brother Travis Newell. He’s been charged with murder and was taken to the Licking County Justice Center...
September 15, 2003 - 1:24pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Muskingum County continues to grow and prosper as plans for a new subdivision is Springfield Township are progressing. Springfield Township trustees and County Engineer Loren Camp met with Commissioners Monday morning to discuss future of the plot of land off Old Coopermill Road. A road has been constructed for the subdivision thanks to an $80,000 bond. However there are several issues that need to be addressed before the county can proceed. According to Commissioner Don Madden, these...
September 15, 2003 - 5:08am
5 years 7 weeks ago
A state official says he’s pleased with Ohio’s performance in limiting spills of hazardous materials, even though federal records says the state has ranked first or second in that category in each of the past ten years. Rob Marvin is Transportation Director for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which inspects trucks and trucking companies. He says the state’s record for spills is not so bad as it looks. He thinks Ohio is doing a good job now of getting cargo companies to follow...
September 15, 2003 - 4:57am
5 years 7 weeks ago
The whole point of the Mega Millions lottery was to have huge jackpots that would have crowds mobbing gas stations for tickets. It’s been more than a year since the multistate Mega Millions lottery was created, and top prizes haven’t been the record-breakers organizers had hoped. And the ten-member states are still waiting for a lottery windfall to cushion falling tax revenues. The biggest Mega Million jackpot so far is 180 million, not enough to have players skipping work to line up for...
September 14, 2003 - 8:54pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Governor Taft hopes to announce plans for a statewide drug discount plan for senior citizens and the disabled by the end of the month. The announcement will end a struggle that took much longer that his administration anticipated. Taft first proposed the plan on January 21st, 2001, in his State of the State Address. After more than 2 ½ years, about 2,000,000 cards imprinted with individual names are being made for those eligible for the program. Reasons for the delay include the Ohio...
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