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March 3, 2005 - 7:37pm
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A local teacher is still beaming with pride today after she received a big surprise and a very special award.

Susan Gatton, a first grade teacher at Duncan Falls Elementary was awarded “Teacher of the Month” from Sylvan Learning Center and the WHIZ Media Group.

Mrs. Gatton says teaching has been her passion for nearly 30 years and she treats her first graders as if they were her own.

A very humble Mrs. Gatton says she loves teaching the first grade because it'...
March 3, 2005 - 4:37pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
Economic development in the Y-city is putting Zanesville on the map and gaining national recognition.

The U.S. Census Bureau has ranked Zanesville 9th in the country out of 674, middle sized cities for economic development.

Formally called “The Small Town Award”, the rankings are based on new manufacturing and distribution projects. These projects must also create hundreds of new jobs.

Port Authority Director Larry Merry says projects such as Worthington Foods...
March 3, 2005 - 1:56pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
An area Big Brothers chapter and its imprisoned former director are being sued by the family of a boy the man was convicted of sexually abusing.

The lawsuit against James T, Russell and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties seeks an unspecified amount of money.

The lawsuit says Russell used his position as found and leader of the chapter to force a sexual relationship on the boy from 1996 to 2003.

The lawsuit uses federal racketeering law to...
March 3, 2005 - 12:40am
5 years 51 weeks ago
We have an update in a case of robbery that occurred at Zane Landing Park in Zanesville in December of last year.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 38-year-old Harry Gheen, Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

Gheen had been charged with two counts of complicity to robbery in the December 6th incident.

Workman says two victims in a parked car were attacked by Gheen and another man who was armed with a knife.
March 3, 2005 - 12:36am
5 years 51 weeks ago
A man who went on a multi-county crime spree was sentenced Wednesday.


According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 47-year-old David Smith of Jeffersonville Ohio was given a year prison sentence to run consecutive with the three and a half years he’s already serving.


Smith was convicted of breaking and entering, theft, and possession of criminal tools for crime committed on December 4th of 2003.


Workman says Smith used a...
March 2, 2005 - 9:51pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
We brought you the story earlier this week about the Nader's Insurance building and its deteriorating state.

Now that the building has been condemned, the business has been relocated.

As of now, they are temporarily located at 833 Market Street in a brick building across from the C-A Music House.
March 2, 2005 - 6:38pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to assure the driving public they are working night and day to trying to do all they can to keep our roadways safe.

ODOT says on average they have 16 crews out in each county trying their best to salt the roadways and keep them passable.
Sections of I-70 near Licking County were still very icy this morning.

Spokeswoman Cindy Brown says the major Accident yesterday on interstate 70 near Brownsville dramatically slowed down...
March 2, 2005 - 5:49pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
One of our local hospitals is receiving national recognition.

Genesis Heart Services ranked in the top 25 percent of the country among other heart hospitals in a national study.

The study titled “Crusade” was coordinated by Duke University and shows Genesis is performing faster than many heart centers and is providing a higher-level care compared to the best hospitals in the nation.

“This is a very important study, this is a very important achievement.”
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March 2, 2005 - 5:08pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
Consumers can now log online and check their credit report for free.

Starting yesterday, Ohioans who are curious about their credit can log online to the website www.annualcreditreport.com for a free report.

Bruce Kolopajlo Vice President of Century National Bank says learning about your credit is very important for your future.

“Your credit report tells a lot about you and the important thing about your credit is that it can affect the cost of you purchasing...
March 2, 2005 - 5:01pm
5 years 51 weeks ago
Heroin use is on the rise as the price of Oxycontin becomes too expensive.

Steve Carrel is the Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health. He explains why heroin is becoming the latest drug of choice.

“It’s definitely on the increase I don’t know if it’s epidemic in Muskingum County area yet, but the prices are down and the availability is up,” says Carrel.

Price plays a major factor in this increase. Reports indicate, on the street, Oxycontin now costs...
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