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February 11, 2003 - 2:48pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
We have an update on a house fire that happened Monday morning in Brownsville. National Trail volunteer fire chief Mike Partin says the blaze apparently started due to an electrical problem. The fire broke out around 6:30 in the morning at 15560 South Street. Partin says the home was destroyed so an exact cause will not be determined. The chief says three people in the home suffered minor smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene. The home is owned by William and Violet Ode. The...
February 11, 2003 - 2:32pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft says he would consider a temporary sales tax increase this year to balance the budget instead of raising cigarette and alcohol taxes. Taft says he could accept a temporary sales tax increase as long as it provided enough money to balance the budget by June 30th, the end of the state’s fiscal year. Taft has proposed increasing cigarette and alcohol taxes to raise 159 million dollars to balance the budget. He also wants to cut state funding to local government by 30 million...
February 10, 2003 - 10:17pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Zanesville Mayor Jack Fenton delivered his State of the City Address at the City Council meeting Monday night. In his speech, Fenton stressed the growth and development of the city this past year. Despite a state-wide budget problem, Zanesville ended 2002 with a balanced budget. The city also had sufficient funds to aid the law enforcement agencies in equipment upgrades. "We spent $6.6 million in improvements, we bought the fire department $100,000 in breathing equipment, and four new...
February 10, 2003 - 10:12pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire early Monday morning. The fire happened at 15560 South Street in Brownsville around 6:00 a.m. William and Violet Ode owned the home; they lost everything in the fire. The victims are staying at the "National Trail Schoolhosue Bed and Breakfast" until the can find more permanent lodgings. National Trail, Licking Trail and the Glenford Volunteer Fire Departments responded to teh scene. Both the Odes' suffered smoke inhalation...medic crews...
February 10, 2003 - 7:34pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Law enforcement officials statewide say that they're having trouble with sex offenders who fail to register their address as required by law. In Muskingum County, The Sheriff's Office is currently dealing with 65-individuals who have been labled sex offenders or sexual predators. Although making sure that these individuals comply with the law is a big undertaking, Sheriff Stephenson says that it is something that has to be done. Sexual offenders must register with the Sheriff's Office...
February 10, 2003 - 7:29pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Commissioners, along with commissioners from 11 surrounding counties, gathered together to discuss fiscal security. Attending a meeting held by the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, these local governements are able to share common problems and try to work toward mutual solutions. Since county governements depend on state funding to implement various programs, commissioners across the state of Ohio are feeling the affects of budget cuts. Today's meeting may just...
February 10, 2003 - 7:22pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
The race for mayor in the city of Newark is off and running. After Mayor Frank Stare announced earlier this year that he will not be seeking another term in office, many government officials speculated on who would seek the office. The first person to take on the challenge is Newark City Council member republican Sheri Hottinger. Up until today, Hottinger may have run unopposed. But former state representative democrat Marc Guthrie and democrat council member Bruce Bain are expected to...
February 10, 2003 - 2:01pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Ohio remains on high terror alert. Ohio’s homeland security task force say the state will evaluate the state’s terror threat level day-to-day. Governor Taft followed the lead of the federal government last Friday in raising the security alert to its second-highest level: to “orange “ from “yellow”. State officials say the national intelligence on the potential for terror attacks included no specific threats against Ohio. The heightened security includes increased patrols around Ohio’s six...
February 10, 2003 - 10:25am
5 years 10 weeks ago
More than 300 sex offenders can’t be located across the state of Ohio because they failed to register their address, as required by law. That figure represents three-point-three percent of the more than nine thousand people listed on the state’s sex offender registration network. In Muskingum county sheriff Bob Stephenson says there are 64 registered sexual offenders. He added that one of Muskingum County’s sex offenders is in custody in Florida for not registering and another cannot be...
February 10, 2003 - 9:32am
5 years 10 weeks ago
Morgan county highway employees continue to protest a proposed medical insurance cost increase. Morgan county highway department workers disagree with the Morgan county commissioners goal to put all county workers on the sale level of premium payment for insurance. The highway department employees who have been picketing in front of the Reiker complex on main street in McConnelsville, want to resolve the conflict surrounding their medical benefits. Previously the county paid 100 percent of...
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