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August 13, 2003 - 8:42pm
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Crime is on the rise, and it’s causing some expensive problems for the Muskingum County Jail. For the past three weeks, Sheriff Bob Stephenson has been forced to house inmates in the Licking and Noble County facilities due to overcrowding. “In the past three weeks there’s been $10,000-$12,000 spent housing inmates in other county jails,” Sheriff Stephenson said Wednesday. Stephenson adds his jail currently is holding 151 males and 33 females, which means that 14 inmates remain in the Noble...
August 13, 2003 - 8:35pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
The Speaker of the House has opened an Internet site in advance of an expected run for statewide office in 2006. Larry Householder must step down as Speaker after next year because of term limits. The site features a short biography, photos, news articles, old campaign commercials and a link to the Ohio House Republican Campaign Committee. Householder, a republican from Glenford, has expressed a desire to run for governor one day. He has not specified an office for the 2006 campaign, when...
August 13, 2003 - 5:59pm
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The coalition of school districts that sued the state over how it pays for education says its ready to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Coalition for Equity and Adequacy in School Funding says it will ask the nation’s top court Thursday for permission to file a federal appeal in an attempt to reopen the school funding case. Coalition schools want lawmakers to be forced to comply with the Ohio Supreme Court’s previous rulings to fix the funding system. The state supreme court ordered state...
August 13, 2003 - 5:28pm
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The city of Newark has a big weekend ahead. Before the Gus Macker basketball tournament begins on Saturday the second annual Hot Music Weekend starts tomorrow. Newark held three concerts last year to celebrate their bicentennial with Styx closing the festivities out. For a first try at something so big, organizers were extremely pleased with the results. “We asked the people right from the stage, ‘would you like to see this come back again this year?’ and there was an overwhelming roar back...
August 13, 2003 - 5:24pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
During the summer, dry conditions in the west make it peak season for wildfires. And many of the men and women who put them out come from all over the country. Mike Bailey is one of several Ohio firefighters who help the Division of Forestry battle wildfires. He helped put out a fire covering over 17 thousand acres and threatening archeological artifacts and many ranchers’ homes in South Dakota. He got involved in 1988 because the need was high. Bailey said the Division of Forestry didn’t...
August 13, 2003 - 8:48am
5 years 12 weeks ago
Despite heavy rains this spring and summer, a bumper crop of corn and soybeans is predicted for the state this fall. The Ohio agricultural statistics service says corn yields are expected to be 142 bushels per acre close to the state record of 147 bushels in 2000. Total estimated Ohio corn production of 454 million bushels would be an 80 percent increase from last year’s drought-diminished crop. Ohio’s soybean harvest is predicted at 42 bushels per acre, up 40 percent from last year and just...
August 13, 2003 - 8:39am
5 years 12 weeks ago
A study out today says more than a quarter of a million people in central Ohio are exposed to higher concentrations of diesel pollution and threat can result in health problems. The study by the Ohio environmental council urges the use of cleaner-burning diesel fuel, installation of pollution-control devices on older vehicles and alternative power sources for buses, trucks and construction equipment. One Columbus official says it will be tough to do what the group wants because of the higher...
August 12, 2003 - 10:41pm
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Blood tests have confirmed that the first two horses this year have been infected with the West Nile Virus. The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the two infected horses from Brown and Stark counties had not been fully vaccinated. They were euthanized after their health deteriorated. More than 600 horses were infected with the disease last year. Symptoms in infected horses include listlessness, stumbling, lack of coordination, partial paralysis and death. Horse owners can take...
August 12, 2003 - 5:49pm
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The owners of Cedar Point are making plans to build an indoor water park near their amusement park in Sandusky. The city’s commissioners approved a 10-year tax break for the project that helps clear the way for construction. Cedar Fair, which owns Cedar Point, has proposed building a $20 million water park with tropical themes, waterslides and spas. Construction is expected to start in September and will be completed by the end of 2004.
August 12, 2003 - 4:05pm
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The Maysville Regional Water District says it water problems are over. A spokesman says on Saturday two major water main breaks occurred in Avondale and White Cottage. It forced a district-wide boil advisory. Today, officials say the boil order has been lifted for all customers of the Maysville Regional Water District.
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