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November 3, 2006 - 11:49am
7 years 11 weeks ago
The famed singer of “Say a Little Prayer for you” and “Walk on By” is coming to the Y-city.

Dionne Warwick will make an appearance for a concert at Secrest Auditorium on January 13, along with Karl Russell. But, to accommodate the star Secrest will be adding extra lights and sound.

“We’ll have extra security and with a star of that magnitude,” said John Kunkle. I’m sure everyone will want autographs. I know everybody my age has records they’d like to bring in.”
November 2, 2006 - 8:10pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Our coverage of Election 2006 continues tonight with an in-depth look at the Zanesville Fire Department levy.

WHIZ’s Atish Baidya has more.

The Zanesville Fire Department responds to hundreds of emergency calls each month.

But a cash strapped city has meant the department finds itself in a funding emergency.

“We are in dire need of supplies,” Fireman Jim Prang said. “We are constantly running low, dish soap, paper towels, common things we use...
November 2, 2006 - 7:42pm
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Last minute negotiations have resulted in a compromise about voter ID requirements on Election Day.

New voter ID laws require people to present some form of identification with their name and current address.

But critics say the law suppresses the votes of some groups and sued to suspend the requirements.

According to the Associated Press, under an agreement reached Wednesday, ID requirements at polling stations have been relaxed and expanded and ID requirements...
November 2, 2006 - 7:41pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
The fundraising efforts of the Salvation Army are a year-round activity and Thursday the organization held its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit the 2007 Coats for Kids program.

This year the fundraiser was a holiday tea and style show.

The event drew in 225 people, who paid $20 each, to enjoy lunch, watch a fashion show and have a good time.

The money raised goes to the Coats for Kids program, which just wrapped up this years distribution at the end of October...
November 2, 2006 - 5:36pm
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The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office says it made a drug bust and now a suspected dealer, out on bond, is in jail.

Detective Mike Lecocq says just before 6:00 Wednesday night deputies arrested 30-year-old Sheldon Ray Marple at 344 Linn Street.

Detectives say at the time of this offense, Marple was out on bond for other drug trafficking charges.

After last night arrest Marple is charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and...
November 2, 2006 - 12:06pm
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This past October is the wettest on record in Muskingum County since 1983. In October the county saw almost six inches of rain, add to that a very wet September, and it spells problems for Ohio Wheat Farmers.

Right now fields are so wet that farmers are having trouble harvesting their corn and soybeans. Most of those farmers would be planting wheat in those fields now.

“Wheat is a great crop for that reason,” said Bill Huston county executive director. “You plant it in...
November 2, 2006 - 1:17am
7 years 11 weeks ago
Republican candidate for Secretary of State Greg Hartmann was in Zanesville Wednesday visiting the Republican call center downtown.

Hartmann says his main message is change and impartiality.

He currently serves as Clerk of Courts for Hamilton County and says his experience there and as a small business owner set him apart from his opponent.

“My whole campaign has been about bringing a new perspective to Columbus,” Hartmann said. “I ran a small business before I...
November 2, 2006 - 1:15am
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Skilled games are no longer legal in the city of Zanesville.

City Law Director Scott Hillis issued a memo Wednesday informing law enforcement of his decision.

Businesses the city knows have and operate the machines will be given hand delivered notices Thursday and have until Friday at 8 a.m. to shut down the machines.

The decision involves the Tic-Tac Fruit machines and so called eight liner machines.

“Both of those types of machines utilize a...
November 2, 2006 - 12:48am
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A rape case that carries a sentence of life in prison is the most disgusting case prosecutors say they have ever seen.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Bob Smith, the case involves a child under the age of four.

Fifty-nine-year-old William Strange of Frazeysburg withdrew his former plea and entered a plea of guilty in court Wednesday to one count of rape with a life sentence.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred between January of...
November 2, 2006 - 12:40am
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The verdict came back late Wednesday night in the case of a man who was facing charges in the kidnapping and rape of his former girlfriend.

40-year-old Charles Aaron Mitchell of Zanesville was charged with aggravated burglary, kidnapping and rape but was only found guilty by a jury on two of those charges.

Charges stem from a June incident that occurred on Van Sant Street where Mitchell broke in and held the woman against her will, then allegedly raped her four times....
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