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February 4, 2003 - 4:29pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A Zanesville babysitter accused of sexually abusing four children in her care is on trial. Trial proceedings for 22-year-old Elizabeth Gill started today. Gill is charged with eight counts of gross sexual imposition and three counts of endangering children. If Gill is found guilty, she could face up to 44 years in prison. According to detectives with the Zanesville police department, Gill sexually molested the children at a Zanesville residence on March 8th of last year. Gill also...
February 4, 2003 - 3:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Some area voters are heading to the polls today for a special election. In our area the only issue on the ballot is in Perry County. Voters are deciding the fate of a three-mill operating levy to maintain schools in the district. The levy was defeated in November and school officials say if it goes down again today it would have a huge impact on the school district. The polls remain open until 7:30 p.m. The results of the election will be posted this evening on this website and on the WHIZ...
February 4, 2003 - 3:08pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Speaker Larry Householder says the legislature has just 16 days to plug a 720 million-dollar hole in the current state budget. Governor Taft – like Householder, a republican – says if lawmakers do not enact a package of tax increases by the end of February, he will be forced to make cuts to primary-secondary and higher education. But Householder says lawmakers must act by February 20th so the package can be put in place. He says both the house and the senate may consider separate parts of...
February 4, 2003 - 10:33am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Hunters, nurses and barbers are among those who’ll be asked to plug Ohio’s budget gap. Fee increases are part of the 49 billion dollar two-year state budget that Governor Taft proposed this week. Taft says the fee increases would raise more than 96 million dollars. He says that in most cases the hikes are needed just to cover the cost of providing the service. User fees are bringing in about 66 million dollars under the current two-year budget. The proposal would increase the cost for...
February 4, 2003 - 10:30am
5 years 6 weeks ago
A Morgan county grand jury has declined to indict a man who had been charged with murder in the shooting death of his former wife’s son. Prosecutors said 39-year-old Robert Ward was accused of shooting 33-year-old David Winchell in the abdomen during a fight at Ward’s home in December. Ward says he acted in self-defense after Winchell threatened him with a rifle. An autopsy showed Winchell died from a single gunshot wound that damaged several organs. Morgan county prosecutor Rick Welch...
February 4, 2003 - 10:24am
5 years 6 weeks ago
A well-known pastor and educator in the Zanesville area has died. 80-year-old George Turner started two churches in Zanesville and taught at Adamsville high school and in the Zanesville school system. Turner died Monday after a long illness. The Bolin funeral home is handling the arrangements. The viewing is scheduled for Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. The funeral will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church in Zanesville.
February 4, 2003 - 10:20am
5 years 6 weeks ago
A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against Muskingum College. A former professor, Betsy Nichols sued Muskingum College after it failed to renew her teaching contract for the 1998-99 academic year. She then filed a discrimination complaint. The sixth U-S circuit court of appeals said a lower court erred two years ago when it dismissed Nichols’ lawsuit. The case now goes back to Columbus federal judge George Smith for reconsideration.
February 3, 2003 - 6:40pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The New Lexington School District is holding a special election tomorrow to vote on the renewal of an exsisting levy that was defeated in this past November's election. The levy, which is a three mill operating levy over the next five years, was first approved in 1997 and is due to expire December 31st of this year. According to the school district's superintendent, the renewal of the levy will not result in new school taxes to district resdients. But if the renewal levy is defeated again it...
February 3, 2003 - 11:15am
5 years 6 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft has proposed a record 49-point-two billion dollar state budget for the next two years. Taft’s budget proposal today includes no spending increases for state agencies and decreases for others. But the budget still raises total spending by about five percent next year and about four percent the following year to pay for primary and secondary education and to address rising Medicaid costs. In prepared remarks, Taft said the tight budget posses a challenge for Ohio, but also...
February 3, 2003 - 10:41am
5 years 6 weeks ago
As many as 70 percent of the members of the Ohio National Guard could be called for active duty if the United States goes to war with Iraq. That’s according to Ohio Guard spokesman Major Neal O’Brien, who says the numbers will be similar to those called for World War two. That would represent the largest mobilization in decades. By comparison, less than ten percent of the National Guard force was mobilized for the gulf war. There have been no similar projections by the military reserves,...
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