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February 9, 2005 - 7:55pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
We have an update on the two men arrested and indicted last week for two robberies that occurred in January.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 18-year-old Joshua Perry and 19-year-old Ernest Taylor, III both entered not guilty pleas today to the four charges they are facing.

Perry is facing two counts of aggravated robbery with gun specifications and two counts of theft.

Taylor is facing two counts of complicity to aggravated...
February 9, 2005 - 6:16pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
A former high school football coach left the life of coaching and is now spreading his message to groups in the area.

Dave Daubenmire was spurred to action after the American Civil Liberties Union sued him for allegedly mixing prayer with his coaching.

Today, he talked to the Zanesville Kiwanis club about his experiences and thoughts of our government today.

He says he hopes to get people to re-engage with the government and truly reflect on how their life...
February 9, 2005 - 6:11pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
Earlier this week we brought you the story about the Muskingum County budget. Well today the Sheriff’s office is speaking out about their cuts.

Although Sheriff Bob Stephenson is not anticipating any lay offs, here are some of the areas that got cut from this year’s budget.

“Everything has been cut in regards to training line items to supplies, vehicles, computers, communications, you name it anything it takes to operate this office has been cut drastically,” says...
February 9, 2005 - 6:07pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
The Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office may be struggling to make ends meet this year.
With a proposed 10% budget cut, Sheriff McCauley says they will be making cuts in wages and says lay-offs are imminent.


Staff reductions will be based on seniority. 7 employees, possibly 9 will be cut and include correction officers, dispatchers and deputies.
“Our concern is what it has always been, to provide great service to the community, it’s frustrating, knowing what we deal...
February 9, 2005 - 12:45pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell says his directive that counties use one type of voting machine carries the weight of the law and he expects all Ohio election boards to comply with it, despite that Attorney General Jim Petro is saying Blackwell doesn’t have the authority. We talked with the local board of elections to see who they’re listening to.


Blackwell said all election boards must make their final decision by today on which optical scan voting machine to use for...
February 9, 2005 - 12:35pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
Locally, we spoke with Father Jordan, who told us all about this day.

The ashes are traditionally made by burning the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday celebration. Father Jordan of St. Thomas church says the ashes are placed on foreheads in the sign of the cross to show penance, and it’s an old tradition.

“They would use their ashes to show their humility, because naturally you wouldn’t want to sit in the ashes, they use to actually sit in the ashes as a sign of...
February 8, 2005 - 4:57pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
In honor of black history month, Ohio University-Zanesville held a special program today to discuss the ways music has influenced black history.

Dr. Ted McDaniel a professor at Ohio State spoke mainly about the rich symbolism encompassed in African American music.

McDaniel talked a lot about the rigid dichotomy between the sacred and secular. His theory on the difference between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

And like many who study African American history...
February 8, 2005 - 4:43pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
A domestic violence case in Cleveland is garnering national attention and has local domestic violence advocates up in arms.

That's because the outcome of the trial may set the precedent for victims who've been abused by a live-in partner.

The current case involves 30-year-old Darnell Forte who is accused of slapping a woman he was living with.

Many of you may remember voting for Issue One during the November election.

Domestic violence advocates say...
February 8, 2005 - 4:40pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Commissioners recently received a $15,000 grant to complete a water feasibility study this year.

Commissioner Don Madden says the study will allow them to determine the most cost effective way to expand water service.

“We were successful in receiving these grant dollars and so now we’ll give URS the go ahead to begin work and I would expect within 4-5 months they’ll complete the study,” says Madden.

The total project is $40,000 and Madden...
February 8, 2005 - 3:14pm
5 years 45 weeks ago
What are the strengths and weaknesses of economic development in the area?

This morning the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber took a look at a recent survey they conducted to find the answer to that question.

Chamber President Tom Poorman says the results were informative, but there's still lots of areas that need improvement. For instance, marketing is one area where the chamber needs to become more aggressive.

Poorman says considering the nation's economy,...
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