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January 8, 2003 - 5:39pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Muskingum county sheriff Bob Stephenson is dealing with an overcrowding problem at the county jail. It's costing taxpayers thousands of dollars. Many counties in the area have had to deal with the high price tag associated with the problem. Due to an increase in crime, the Muskingum county jail, which has the capacity to hold 180 inmates, has had an average of 225 inmates for the past four months. To deal with the overcrowding, inmates have been housed at facilities in other counties. So far...
January 8, 2003 - 6:48am
5 years 10 weeks ago
State tax officials say President Bush’s economic stimulus package would whack about 600-thousand dollars out of Ohio’s already beleaguered budget over two years. Those revenues would be from income taxes on stock dividends, which the president proposes to reduce or eliminate. Ohio department of taxation spokesman Gary Gudmundson says if Bush chooses to cut the tax rate rather than eliminate the tax, the loss to the Ohio treasury would be less. The prospect of such a revenue loss on top of a...
January 8, 2003 - 6:40am
5 years 10 weeks ago
The numbers are good for the John Mcintire library in Zanesville. Customer service manager Blair Tom says for the year 2002, the library wanted to increase circulation to 800-thousand items. This week Tom announced that the library exceeded that goal by more than 10-percent. Tom attributes reader advisories and policies that allow customers to check out more items and at longer periods of time for the increase in circulation.
January 8, 2003 - 6:34am
5 years 10 weeks ago
Do you feel lucky? Well if you do the Mega Millions Lottery is growing again. The multi-state drawing will grow to 28-million dollars for Friday’s game. The best Ohio players could do was two tickets showing four of the five lotto numbers, plus the mega ball number, for five-thousand dollars.
January 8, 2003 - 6:21am
5 years 10 weeks ago
The call is going out today from the United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan counties. The annual fundraising campaign is underway, but donations are down. Executive director Keely Warden says the campaign stands at 850-thousand dollars and this time last year the effort was at one-million dollars. Warden says she is concerned about the campaign. Warden says she understands the economy is rocky right now, but she wants people to understand that the need for the money is up. All of the...
January 8, 2003 - 6:17am
5 years 10 weeks ago
The Zanesville Salvation Army shelter is open for business. Every year when the weather turns cold the shelter fills up and this year is no exception. The local shelter has the capacity to house 36 people, but many times they are forced to double that capacity. Shelter manager Sharon Shaw says no one is turned away. In addition to helping homeless people, the Salvation Army also helps with extended living arrangements while people look for a job.
January 7, 2003 - 7:50pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
All across America, it is expected that over 7-hundred thousand people will experience homelessness during the course of the year. Here in Muskingum County, the number of residents who are without a place to stay is increasing. To lend a helping hand to those who are down on their luck, shelters like the one located at the Salvation Army in Putnam, provide a warm meal and a place to stay. But during the harsh winter months, the demad for shelter increases. Although the Salvation Army only...
January 7, 2003 - 7:42pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Ten employees of the FedEx shipping center in Cambridge, along with two other individuals, will be facing a grand jury. Tonight, detectives from the Guernsey County Sheriff's Department continue to recover items that were allegedly stolen by several employees of the Cambridge FedEx shipping center located at 9200 Southgate Road. It is estimated that the employees allegedly had been taking certain items or entire packages for over four years. Because of the amount of people involved and the...
January 7, 2003 - 2:29pm
5 years 10 weeks ago
Morgan county officials say they’re still waiting for some answers in the death of a man injured at a workshop run by the county board of mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Officials say 34-year-old Mark Frye was seriously hurt December third when a stack of cardboard fell on him at the Mary Hammond Workshop in McConnellsville. Morgan county M-R-D-D board superintendent David Couch says Frye was to be released from the hospital last week but died unexpectedly on December 30th...
January 7, 2003 - 11:51am
5 years 10 weeks ago
The State Insurance Department and Ohio Insurance Institute predict Ohio homeowners will face another jump in insurance premiums this year. Premiums rose 17-and-a-half percent last year and are expected to increase another nine-and-a-half percent in 2003. Insurance company say higher claims and rising costs are forcing them to raise premiums. Ohio Insurance Institute spokeswoman Mary Bonelli says wind, hail damage and other disasters are the top reasons Ohio homeowners file insurance claims...
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