The Muskingum County Commissioners and the Convention and Visitors' Bureau received $10,000 from the Muskingum County Community Foundation this week and they are already planning uses for the newly acquired funds.
Commissioner, Jerry Lavy says that they applied for the Foundation's Spring Grant earlier this year and hoped to use the money to beautify our county. Especially during the holidays.
"There's some ideas that have come up like some of our surrounding county...
The day after Christmas is notorious as a big day for retailers getting a lot of returns and exchanges, but for some local shoppers, it's a day to use up those gift cards they got for Christmas and even start shopping for next year.
"We come every year, the day after Christmas and purchase gifts for next year," said Linda Sterling.
"They're better then the before sales because you get everything half off rather than 25 or whatever," said Julia Mckibben.
The volunteers at Christ's Table are doing their part to make sure everyone has a happy holiday.
This year Christ's Table is expected to feed approximately 3,000 locals during the week of Christmas. On Monday they served guest a traditional holiday meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and corn and on Wednesday they prepared a special menu for Christmas.
"Today we are doing ham and sweet potatoes and green beans and cake and anything else I can think of that's sweet and...
If you need a place to go for Christmas for a delicious meal, we have the place for you.
You can find a warm meal every day of the year at Christ's Table but on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, the food pantry offers something a little special.
"We try to have traditional treats for all of our guests, that we can walk around with and share lots and lots of sweets on Christmas because that's what Christmas is all about,” explained Executive Director, Keely Warden....
If you are like many Americans and you have waited until the last minute to finish your holiday shopping then you're not alone. Saturday at the Colony Square Mall, employees and management say that the mall has been packed in the days before Christmas. This means a boost in sales and revenue in the local economy.
"It's great actually. The last three weeks, four weeks we've increased sales tremendously actually we are staying open later and it will stay like this...
Colony Square Mall is staying open late for those last minute shoppers. Marketing Coordinator, Kevin Pinson says the mall hours will be extended starting on Friday.
"Today we are open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m, Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. again on Monday and we do close early on Christmas Eve so that employees can spend time with their families, we'll be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Christmas Eve," Pinson explained.
It's not everyday you get to shop with a cop, but on Monday, that's exactly what 40 area students from Muskingum, Morgan and Coshocton counties did.
Every year the Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge gives kids and teens a Christmas they may not otherwise get. They give each student over $100 to spend, team them up with law enforcement officers and send them shopping at Walmart to get whatever they want.
"The F.O.P. Associate Lodge collects the funds for this and then...
Between traveling, holiday celebrations and picking out the right present, the holiday's aren't always the most wonderful time of year. While some people look forward to the holiday's, others simply try and cope with the stress of it all.
"It's the extra shopping, it's the food preparation, its the grocery shopping, it's just a lot of money is going out in a short period of time," said Kelly Riley of the stresses the holiday's bring.
The Salvation Army is in desperate need of help from the community.
They operate primarily on grant money and from the support of the public, and every Christmas they provide presents for thousands of children and food for over 600 families. But this year, their stock of gifts and food is running low. Major Diane Campbell is asking the community to support the Salvation Army this Christmas by helping local families in need.
"I'm looking if they can support us with some food...