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July 13, 2006 - 5:20pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
A U-S Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel was recently awarded the Army Combat Action Badge.

He also happens to be Morgan County Prosecutor Rick Welch.

He earned the badge from participation in combat operations during his tour of duty in Iraq.

Welch, a Special Forces officer and his security team of six infantry soldiers performed over 400 missions in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq, including the triangle of death south of Baghdad.

July 13, 2006 - 1:17pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft is putting Morgan County in the spotlight when it comes to communication.

It has one of four testing stations for a new communication system.

The main concern after the 9-11 terrorist attacks has been to improve communication between different law enforcement agencies dealing with an emergency.

With the help of a homeland security grant the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency has been able to purchase a multi-agency radio communication...
July 13, 2006 - 11:19am
7 years 7 weeks ago
The Perry County Sheriff’s Office says two area men have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Detective Lee Hawks says 27-year-old Joshua Long and 21-year-old Bryan Finegan, both of Thornville were charged in the case.

The detective says it was a joint operation with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Both men were arrested on Wednesday.

Detectives say more charges are expected to be filed in the case.
July 12, 2006 - 11:52pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
A total of eight fire crews spent the evening fighting a blaze in Perry County at 108 Main Street in Somerset, where an abandoned house caught fire Wednesday night around 9 o'clock.

Details are sketchy at the moment, we can tell you the fire originated in a house, then spread to two empty apartment buildings and one that was occupied.

Firefighters had a very difficult time putting out the blaze because they could not make an interior entrance and were forced to...
July 12, 2006 - 11:05pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
The search for a new Superintendent at the West Muskingum School District is finally over.

The board named Sharon L. Smith to replace outgoing superintendent Marvin Wourms.

Smith won’t have much trouble adjusting to her new job having served as Director of Curriculum for the district from 1991 to 1997.

“She was a known commodity to us and as we met with her the board decided she was the right candidate at this time,” said school board president Don Riley.
July 12, 2006 - 3:05pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
The City of Zanesville is dealing with some major water problems today…but the worst may be over.

You may remember when we told you Tuesday that a 24 inch water main burst on Iron Street knocking out service to mostly north end customers.

The problem was fixed and while crews were bringing pressure up in the line last night, it ruptured again.

By 12:00 this afternoon city officials reported the line was repaired again and should be back to normal (pressure...
July 12, 2006 - 12:20pm
7 years 7 weeks ago
While here in Zanesville we didn’t see flooding conditions, the town of Otsego sure did as floodwaters flowed right into people’s porches early this morning.

Around 8:15 this morning dispatchers received a call from concerned neighbors of John Parks, as they watched water rise over State Route 93 and onto his porch, but thankfully not much further.

“It came up on the front porch here but it got up on the stool level there but it was very close to coming in the house.”...
July 12, 2006 - 11:53am
7 years 7 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says the recent rains have resulted in the closing of some area roads.

O-dot’s Cindy Brown says northern Muskingum, Guernsey and Coshocton Counties are dealing with flooding issues.

Brown says State Route 16 is closed at Adams Mills, State Route 208 is closed near Keyes road, State Route 83 is open but under water near Hansel Road, State Route 93 is open but under water north of Otsego.

In Guernsey County State Route 658...
July 12, 2006 - 11:28am
7 years 7 weeks ago
City officials are calling it an unfortunate situation, as water problems continue at this hour around the Y-City.

Crews were out on the scene of the major line break for 17 hours on Tuesday, on the corner of Mill and Iron Streets.

Officials thought the 24-inch line had been fixed around midnight, but it ruptured again early Wednesday morning.

Service Director Mike Sims explains the current situation. “Right now if things go well, we expect to have the services...
July 12, 2006 - 8:21am
7 years 7 weeks ago
Zanesville’s water problems have gone from bad to worse.

The 24 inch water main that burst yesterday and was repaired has ruptured again and now the whole city is on a boil alert.

That means you must boil your water for a few minutes before consuming.

Officials say the boil advisory will remain in effect until at least Friday.

The water department is also asking everyone to conserve as much water as possible. Muskingum County Utilities Manager...
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