Recent data shows more Ohioans turn to firewood to heat homes.
A recent report compared census data from 2000 to 2009 and found the number of Ohio homes heated primarily with wood increased from just under 48,000 to 82,000 or more. Muskingum County Extension Educator Mark Mechling says energy prices have gone up recently forcing a lot of people to look at firewood as a means to heat their homes. He says while people may heat their homes with natural gas, they can use...
Ohio has seen its fair share of 90-degree days this summer, and running the air condition just to find some relief can cost a pretty penny.
Some people may qualify for the Heap Summer Crisis program though, which is still accepting applications through August 31st. The program is designed to help low-income households who have an elderly person-age 60 or older-living with them or a person who is required by a doctor to have cooling assistance.
The continuous rounds of 90-degree temperatures are taking a toll on local farmers.
It's slowing done the production on some crops.
"Some of the crops will come together that we have spaced . It will make all the crops come together at one time. It'll kill off some of the crops. Some of the zucchini and squash can't take that heat and the cucumbers sometimes die off, " says Karen Schroeder of Schroeder's Vegetable Farm.
Obviously the reaction is not the one that any Cavs fans wanted. Most people around the state have dubbed LeBron public enemy number one - already burning jersey's and reeking havoc. WHIZ's Jeremy Rauch was amongst some of the local fans in Zanesville when James confessed his departure from Cleveland and transfer to South Beach. [Click the video link on the right]
The Salvation Army's shelter in Zanesville is at capacity.
Staff say the numbers of people coming through their doors have really gone up because of the heat.
"We have 35 beds, but we can go to an overflow of 50. If we have to, we will open up the gym or the recreation room and put some cots in there. (We'll) do what we have to do, " says Captain Ralph Campbell.
Some people are coming in because they don't have air conditioning in their homes, but most of them are...
Steering wheels are too hot to touch. Leather seats can burn your skin, and it's taking the air conditioner some time to cools things off in your car.
While thermometers across the region are rising into the 90's, readings in your car can be about 30 to 40 degrees hotter.
"It's instantaneously. You shut off your air conditioner and you come inside someplace. Within seconds, your temperature is rising because everything is glass, and it's just absorbing the heat, " says...
What could be better than having ice cream on a hot, summer day...apparently not much.
Scoops of ice cream are flowing over the counters at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville. The general manager is reporting a spike in sales and a lot of repeat business.
"They come out of the walls. We have billboards up, and we have them coming from New Lexington and Coshocton. We have a big following in Marietta. They come from everywhere, " says General Manager, Joe Baker.
Heat-related illnesses can be a sneaky thing. Here are some things to know if the heat starts to get to you.
The first type of illness that heat can bring about is more of a warning sign to your body.
"The first part comes with the excessive sweating and you may be thirsty if you don't keep yourself well-hydrated you're going to get dehydrated. You may need to eat some salty potato chips and drink some Gatorade also," says Dr. Vicki Whitacre, Health Director at the...
Staying cool may seem like common sense, but often times the effects of heat can catch you by surprise.
When conditions are particularly humid, our bodies can't sufficiently cool off, and that's when we need to take precautions. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross urges you to stay inside, but here are some tips for those that are required to be in the heat.
"If you have things you have to do around the house, mow the lawn or whatever, do that really early morning or late...