The budget for Muskingum County has been finalized for 2011.
County Commissioner Jerry Lavy said they had to make cuts based on revenue generated from last year and this year.
"We worked as diligently as we could to get it down to where we needed to be because you obviously can't spend more than what you bring in because we're mandated by law to have a balanced budget," said Lavy.
He said no lay-offs or furlough days are being implemented and department services...
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency acts as a watchdog that is prepared to assist during weather storms.
Director Bo Keck says his day starts early when he receives notifications through his cell phone of any weather watches or warnings. Next, he goes onto a computer to check the United States Geological Survey in order to view the water levels for all the waterways in our area. Keck says it's crucial to watch these different levels.
Muskingum County Commissioners are seeking financial support for several area projects.
Kent Moore, a field representative for U.S. Senator Rob Portman stopped by the commissioner's office on Thursday afternoon to introduce himself and to also discuss any concerns the officials may be dealing with.
"Water and sewer are our main issues when we deal with infrastructure, laying new sewer lines, new water lines," said Commissioner Jerry Lavy.
The recycling program in Muskingum County is showing a promising future despite the struggling economy.
Coordinator Robert Reiter of the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District met with the Muskingum County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon, to discuss updates on its recycling center located on Adamsville Road.
"Times are tough, everybody needs to make a little more money and there's less money out there so we're looking at a few more ways to bring more...
The Muskingum County Library System is boasting a good return on investment.
For every dollar coming into the library for 2010 through a levy and state funding, it returned $5.69 in services, resources, and programs.
"That's one of the measurements we use to measure our efficiency and effectiveness in delivering library services in Muskingum County and being good stewards of the public's investments in library services," said Public Relations Manager Blair Tom...
Muskingum County is currently battling a shrinking budget.
Last month it was discovered that around 2.2 million dollars in county money has been sitting in a non-interest bearing checking account since July of 2010. The county investment committee met with Treasurer Phillip Murphy on Thursday to find out why money that could have been gaining interest in another account, has been idle.
"We've been working on the budget now for several months and and we're...
Ohio's New Attorney General is taking a tough stance against the abuse of prescription medication.
Mike Dewine is planning to work with local law enforcement agencies and the state medical board to prevent prescription drug abuse. It's currently the leading cause of accidental death here in Ohio. Dewine is introducing the proposal after house lawmakers passed legislation to limit doctors ability to disperse controlled substances like painkillers.
If you think there is nothing exciting to do during the winter months right here in Muskingum County, think again.
Vice President of the Zanesville Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Kelly Ashby offers suggestions for curing the winter time blues. The Wilds offers Winter Safari Tours monthly where Ashby says you can enjoy both the animals and scenery.
"There's also things you can do that are fun and creative like getting in the car and traveling along National Road...