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April 16, 2003 - 11:22am
5 years 12 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft has lowered Ohio’ terror threat level from orange or “high” to yellow or “elevated”. Taft announced the decreased level in conjunction with homeland security director Tom Ridge’s announcement that the national alert level has been reduced. Governor Taft also ordered that the state emergency operations center be deactivated. The center has been staffed since mid-march when Taft raised the terror threat level to orange or “high”. Taft says Ohioans should stay vigilant and...
April 16, 2003 - 9:42am
5 years 12 weeks ago
The number of Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome, or sars, in Ohio has grown to ten.
Four more Ohio residents, including three in the same household, are thought to have contracted the potentially deadly disease. However, health officials say all of the Ohioans have recovered. A 35-year-old Summit County man who traveled to China appears to have infected his 32-year-old wife and seven-year-old son. A 50-year-old Geauga County man who also visited China has recovered and is no longer in...
April 16, 2003 - 9:27am
5 years 12 weeks ago
A Zanesville credit consulting business is closing. The board of trustees for the Universal Credit Consulting Services voted to close the office in Zanesville. The company provided counseling and management for those in debt. The board cites several reasons for the closing including the inability to regain accreditations and certification for staff members. Also the excessive cost to purchase new software needed for client information and the reduction of fair share contributions. Not for...
April 16, 2003 - 9:20am
5 years 12 weeks ago
The village of Crooksville in Perry County is buzzing about who bought an Ohio super lotto ticket worth 14 million dollars that so far has gone unclaimed. The ticket was purchased last November at the Hunter’s Run convenience store in Crooksville. If no one claims the jackpot by May 12th , the money goes into the Lottery Profit Education Fund. The winning ticket shows the numbers 3,9, 10, 12, 18, and 27. The cashier at Hunter’s Run, Kenny Storts says it’s a sin to think he could have been...
April 15, 2003 - 10:53pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
An historical site in downtown Newark destroyed by an arsonist is now a park with a new statue.
Gib Reese, a Newark resident, spearheaded the effort to remove the Old Auditorium Theater. The theater was constructed in 1895, but was ruined when an arsonist set fire to the front of the building in 1968. Reese who heads the Gilbert Reese Foundation, decided to replace the damaged structure with a park and a statue that shows seven children saying The Pledge of Allegiance. Newark mayor...
April 15, 2003 - 2:40pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Columbus authorities say they have no suspects or motives in an arson fire that killed five college students over the weekend. The fire at a house near the Ohio State campus early Sunday killed two Ohio State students and three Ohio University students. Two others are hospitalized. Fire captain Steve Saltsman declined to discuss what evidence investigators have. He says they’ve ruled out a gas leak, barbecue grill or other natural or accidental causes. Saltsman would not say how the fire...
April 14, 2003 - 9:54pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
Final preparations are being discussed for the Greenwood Revitalization Project. In a public hearing Monday night, Community Development Director Meg Deedrick introduced final plat approvals to city council members. Council voted the plan to first reading, meaning it will be back on the agenda for two more readings before a final vote is necessary. However, all the property for the project has been purchased and finalized. The timeline for the overall project is as follows: abatement and...
April 14, 2003 - 8:15pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
A bank robbery suspect faces up to six years in prison. 39-year-old Kenneth Gatlin, of Toledo, changed his not guilty plea on one count of robbery and one count of theft to guilty on Monday. According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor, Jim Workman, Gatlin robbed Bank One on Brandywine Boulevard on November ninth of last year. He could face up to five years on the robbery charge and one year on the theft charge. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered in the case.
April 14, 2003 - 8:14pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
A man who targeted the Dairy Mart on Pine Street twice will be spending the next eight months behind bars. Judge Butch Zwelling sentenced 35-year-old Kenneth Johnson Monday on once count of breaking and entering, one count of theft, one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of vandalism. According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor, Jim Workman, Johnson was arrested after breaking into the Dairy Mart in September of 2002. Workman also says that Johnson vandalized the store...
April 14, 2003 - 5:22pm
5 years 12 weeks ago
As Govenor Bob Taft continues to close the gap in Ohio's 162 million dollar budget deficit, local governments are feeling the effects. Earlier today, Muskingum County's auditor met with the commissioners to discuss the cuts in funding for local governments. It is estimated that the state budget calls for a 7 percent cut in local government funds for the county and its various villages and townships. To deal with the cuts, auditor Anita Adams and the commissioners are asking department heads...
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