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July 15, 2003 - 5:53pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Muskingum County gets ready for their turn to celebrate Ohio’s bicentennial. The first steps of creating the bell began tonight at the courthouse in downtown Zanesville. The casting process itself begins with melting the bronze for the bell and pouring the mold, the two events taking place tonight. The Verdin company, who designed the foundry, is making history with the process. “When we came up with the idea to do this in front of the public of course, we had to re-develop the wheel, come...
July 15, 2003 - 5:50pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
New housing is one step closer to completion in Zanesville. The city completed the demolition portion of the Greenwood Project, finishing the third phase. The other two phases, acquiring the property and relocating the residents, happened over the past year. “There’s some site preparation still left to do, but we should be ready to turn over the responsibility to the project partners for groundbreaking later this summer,” said Meg Deedrick, Zanesville Community Development Director. She...
July 15, 2003 - 10:35am
5 years 6 weeks ago
The American Red Cross’ National Disaster Relief Fund is nearly depleted. They operate on a checkbook of about fifty million dollars and as of June 30th the money has dwindled down to a million and a half, that’s the lowest balance they have seen since 1992. Dan Hartman, Executive Director of the local American Red Cross, says the situation is frightening and could get worse. He says if more people would donate on a national level the problem could be resolved. If you would like to help make a...
July 14, 2003 - 10:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A pre-sentence investigation is underway for a Zanesville man who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. In addition to that charge, 29-year-old Jeremy Rutter also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual imposition. Rutter confessed to participating in sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl, who is a relative. The girl reported the incident to police. The incident happened in January.
July 14, 2003 - 10:04pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A major project for Sixth Street in Downtown Zanesville is set to begin shortly. In about four months the traffic-filled road will see upgraded traffic signals at each of the main intersections. As part of an O-DOT grant program, each light will cost $70,000, making the overall cost of the project to be $300,000. According to Public Service Director Mike Sims, the project will start in November and only last between two to three months. During that time, temporary signage will be posted...
July 14, 2003 - 3:44pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
This Wednesday night, a Zanesville man hopes a cash register is the other ringing heard at the breaking of Muskingum County’s Ohio Bicentennial bell ceremony. After the event, a bell auction will be held around five thirty. The items will be a souvenir of Muskingum County’s Ohio Bicentennial bell and a war memorial bell by Alan Cottrill. Cottrill’s bell is one of two hundred he is selling to help fund his war memorial project. “Recognizing the number of individuals that served in the Korean...
July 14, 2003 - 2:05pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The trial of a stepmom accused in a child’s death started today in Perry County Common Pleas Court. Donna Byrnes Conley is facing involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges in the death of 4 year-old Brandi Marie Conley in December of 1996. Today jury selection was held and the trial, before Judge Linton Lewis, started a short time later. Conley claims that she found the injured child on the landing at the food of a flight of stairs, in the family’s home in Saltillo, in Perry...
July 14, 2003 - 1:49pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Commissioners begin to look at next years budget. All of the departments were required to submit a budget by the end of June, and this morning they were reviewed. County Commissioner Ed Kenily said the “wish lists” as he calls them, are a way to get all the departments thinking about what they may need in the year to come. Once they know their budget, the commissioners try to work fairly with everyone. “That’s when we meet with each department and see exactly what their...
July 14, 2003 - 1:43pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Traffic was moving a little slower this morning on Maple Avenue, and it was all thanks to a squirrel. Over three thousand people living in the north end of Zanesville lost power this morning from eight to eleven a.m. A squirrel got into a transformer and that caused the blackout for much of rush hour and beyond. Besides backed up traffic, businesses were also affected, like the First Federal on Maple Avenue. “We have a disaster recovery plan, a procedure in place that when a situation like...
July 14, 2003 - 11:07am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Ohio State Football star Maurice Clarett says he doesn’t think he broke any rules when a professor let him take oral exams instead of written ones. Speaking thorough his attorney, Clarett told the Columbus Dispatch he was disappointed in yesterday’s New York Times story questioning whether the Buckeye running back got special academic treatment. The Times reported Sunday that Clarett passed two oral exams after he walked out of a written midterm for an African-American and African studies...
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