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July 30, 2015 - 5:10pm
1 day 7 hours ago

All of the heavy rain this season caused local river levels to rise, resulting in problems for area businesses.

The Lorena Sternwheeler was one most-affected by the high water levels, but Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce Vice-president, Kelly Ashby, said business is now functioning as normal.

"The Lorena Sternwheeler is definitely seasonal, and it is very much weather-permitting, and so we did have a couple of weeks of high water due to the rain, but the...

July 30, 2015 - 4:59pm
1 day 7 hours ago

The U.S is the largest producer of natural gas and oil in the world, and part of that has to do with the booming shale industry right here in southeastern Ohio.

JobsOhio and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth met with community leaders at OUZ Thursday, to discuss southeastern Ohio's recent economic success.

"We're seeing some pickup in certain industries, and we've had some significant wins here, and significant announcements," said John Minor, JobsOhio...

July 30, 2015 - 4:51pm
1 day 7 hours ago

In the midst of one of the worst drug epidemics in history, a new street drug has surfaced and is causing great concern throughout the U.S.

Already reported in most Ohio counties, alpha-PVP, nicknamed 'flakka' is an amphetamine-like drug, similar to ecstasy, but is stronger and lasts longer. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carell said its effects are devastating.

"It causes agitation, aggressive behavior, paranoia, and it really messes with the thought process,...

July 30, 2015 - 9:59am
5 hours 59 min ago

UPDATE: Zanesville Middle School will see a familiar face in the Principal's seat this fall.

Former Assistant Principal Jason Taylor will step up to the position beginning in the next academic year. Superintendent of Zanesville City Schools Doug Baker said it's Taylor's passion for the job and community that made him the right person for the job.

"That's what came through in the interview process, was that commitment to that school, the commitment to the students and...

July 30, 2015 - 4:04am
1 day 23 hours ago

A New Lexington man pleads not guilty in connection to a 2013 vehicular homicide. 

67-year-old John Snider also faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter. 

The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said that around 5am on September 10, a concrete truck driven by Snider was traveling north on State Route 60, when he stopped to make a left turn onto Airy View Drive and turned in front of a motorcycle traveling south. 

The Patrol said the rider of the cycle...

July 29, 2015 - 9:24pm
1 day 23 hours ago

A fire in Mount Perry is leaving one family displaced tonight.

Mike Bailey with the Hopewell Township Fire Department said the fire at 6971 Cimarron Road is thought to have begun in the kitchen. The owners said they were cooking before leaving the home,and when they returned they noticed the blinds were melted. Upon entry, fire fighters discovered that smoke and fire damage affected the entire one story home.

No one was home at the time of the incident. Bailey said that because...

July 29, 2015 - 9:16pm
1 day 18 hours ago

McConnelsville was formally introduced to the newest addition to the police department today.

Patrolman Victor Weyant brought the new K-9 Officer Samo to visit with the local community at Shrivers Pharmacy. The pharmacy joined the community in their efforts to raise money to purchase the K-9, and Owner John Coler said he believes the pup will help the local department.

"In Ohio, we've been seeing it for a while now," said Coler. "There's just a, we see it on the...

July 29, 2015 - 4:36pm
2 days 8 hours ago

Christ's Table is looking for fresh produce to serve daily. 

Executive director Keely Warden said every little bit helps. She said it's not something that people served by Christ's Table usually get to enjoy at home, so the cooks at the Table work hard to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables daily. 

"Fresh produce is very expensive," Warden said. "It's something that's a luxury for those that we serve to be able to go out and purchase, and it doesn't...

July 29, 2015 - 4:30pm
2 days 8 hours ago

Plans are in the making for the first move toward a city-wide revitalization in Zanesville. 

The city has already applied for a $300,000 city block grant and is waiting for a $200,000 planning grant to become available. Once it is, the city will apply for it with the hope of using it to redevelop what are considered underdeveloped areas. 

Public service director, Jay Bennett, said...

July 29, 2015 - 4:17pm
2 days 8 hours ago

Low water levels at Buckeye Lake have caused trouble for surrounding businesses. 

Last week, 14 of those businesses submitted economic injury forms to the state, which will now use the forms to apply for an economic disaster declaration.

Chris Alexander, owner of Alexander's Landing, has seen a 62 percent decrease in business this year. He's one of the owners who submitted a form to get the area declared a disaster. 

"I've always been a firm believer in...

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