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February 28, 2003 - 5:51am
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If you were hoping for some disaster aid from the state of Ohio as a result of the big winter storms earlier this year, you can forget it. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has taken back its offer to help local residents. Earlier this week the state announced that Muskingum, Morgan, Noble and Guernsey counties would be eligible for the disaster funds. On Thursday they issued a press release saying no funds will be available. No reason was given. But, each of the mentioned...
February 28, 2003 - 5:48am
5 years 10 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft today announced a new judge for Muskingum County. Jay Vinsel has been appointed judge of Muskingum County court. He replaces Judge Jeffrey Hooper who was elected to Muskingum County common pleas court. Vinsel is currently an assistant prosecutor in Muskingum County. Vinsel has been in private practice for the past 20 years before becoming assistant prosecutor. He also served as public safety director under former Zanesville Mayor Don Mason.
February 27, 2003 - 7:22pm
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Local celebrities will wear aprons and take orders for the American Red Cross. This is to raise money for the organization’s local fire victims. Golden Corral is hosting a celebrity serving benefit, which will help provide funds to five different chapters of the American Red Cross. All tips and donations will go to the Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. This is not only a fund raising event it’s also a competition between the five participating chapters in various locations....
February 27, 2003 - 6:35pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Department is taking steps to fight both crime and budget troubles. Sheriff Bob Stephenson is inviting community members to become Associate Members of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association. Sheriff Stephenson says because of state and local budget troubles, this year's membership drive takes on greater importance. The minimum fee is $20. Stephenson says the mony is used for technical resources, training and legislative support for criminal justice issues....
February 27, 2003 - 6:30pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Governor Taft lowered Ohio's terror alert level from Orange to Yellow Thursday to correspond with President Bush's reduction of the National Alert Level. Taft also ordered the State Emergency Operations Center to be deactivated. A few stafferes have worked at the Center since the alert went to High earlier this month so state agencies could share informaton and respond to emergencies. Taft says Ohioans should remain vigilant and report suspicious activities to local authorities. During the...
February 27, 2003 - 6:21pm
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An accident involving two semis completely closed down the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 Thursday morning. The crash occured on I-70 about six miles west of Zanesville at around 5:00 a.m. According to ODOT's Public Information Officer Director Cindy Brown, a detour was set up to re-route traffic from I-70 to U-S 40 to state route 13 and back onto the interstate. I-70 was closed until about 10:45 a.m. According to a press release from the State Highway Patrol, a semi driven by 56-year-old...
February 27, 2003 - 6:58am
5 years 10 weeks ago
Schools in southeastern Ohio and the rest of the state have certainly seen their share of snow days this year. School districts only get five calamity days. Therefore, many students and teachers are preparing to make up missed days during spring vacation. However, they may not have to. State representative Todd Book of Portsmouth is introducing a bill that says days lost from February 17th to the 28th would not have to be made up if they total more than three. For example, the Zanesville...
February 27, 2003 - 6:50am
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West Muskingum high school parents had a chance to give some input Wednesday night about plans for a new school. A new high school will be built just east of the current facility and eventually the old building will become the new middle school. Board members, parents, builders and designers all gathered to decide the fate of the exterior and interior of the new facility. Superintendent Marvin Wourms says all input will be considered. Construction is expected to start next spring.
February 26, 2003 - 10:36pm
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Riesbecks Pick-N-Save stores celebrate a Polish tradition with a tasty treat. Paczki (punch-key) are Polish pastries that are served up annually during Lent. The round, sugar coated, fruit filled baked goods were originally made for practical reasons. Now, they’re more of a last-minute binge of sweets before the 40-day sacrifice. John Chickery, Pick-N-Save bakery director, started the tradition in Ohio six years ago. He says preparation is the key in making the delicious product and that the...
February 26, 2003 - 6:14pm
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The Muskingum County sheriff’s office continues to investigate the county home. The focus of the investigation is on an employee at the facility. According to county home administrator, Rebecca Cooper, Marsha Shumate was placed on administrative leave February 11-th after Cooper discovered invoices for large sums of money. After speaking with the county commissioners the case was then turned over to the sheriff’s office for investigation. No charges have been filed in the case. Muskingum...
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