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December 8, 2005 - 1:30pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Only $150,000 to go before the United Way campaign hits its mark. The campaign meter jumped to $850,000 today, and organizers say the campaign should wrap up by January.

“We’ve got work that’s still to be done. There are companies that have really big campaigns and when they [report], that million is still within our reach,” said United Way Executive Director Jack McClelland.

McClelland says right around the holidays is a great time for the campaign to wrap up, and it’s...
December 7, 2005 - 9:47pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
City Council met on Wednesday to once again discuss budget issues for the 2006 year.
A major hit will be to city personnel, who will not be receiving raises during 2006, however the city is still in talks with their respective unions.
Council Member Dan Vincent says now that the budget has been reviewed some changes may be raised, but not everyone will be happy.
“The budget is tight for next year,” said Vincent. “But it is happening.”
Council also raised concerns...
December 7, 2005 - 6:18pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
If the big snowstorm hits our area, you may hear your Sheriff declare a snow emergency.

Under Ohio law, the Sheriff’s Department is in charge of issuing the emergency levels, with several different departments contributing input.

Sergeant Dan Marks says that the most misunderstood area is what the levels mean.
“Normally you’re going to see a level one, possibly a level two,” said Marks. “They can check our website ohiomuskingumsheriff.org and all the different...
December 7, 2005 - 5:41pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
The first big snowfall of the season may be on it's way to our area an the Ohio Department of Transportation is getting ready for what could be a busy few days.
Right now Muskingum County ODOT is in a normal operation mode, but County Manager Phil Newman says some precautions are being taken.
"We're pretreating roads today," said Newman. "We have 6,000 tons of salt on hand so we're always ready to go."
Pretreating the roadways is done with a mixture made of salt and water...
December 7, 2005 - 12:35pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Some area criminals that have been sentenced to jail aren’t there today, because there isn’t any room for them.

Chief Eric Lambes from the Zanesville Police Department says the Zanesville City Jail is filled to capacity at about fifty prisoners. So when there is overcrowding they prioritize by making sure the most dangerous criminals are locked up first.

“If it’s full…we’ll let maybe a petty theft or a non-violent prisoner out.”

Chief Lambes says most of those...
December 7, 2005 - 12:33pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
The “Home For The Holidays” show is only two days away and crews are busy working to get the set finished.

Today, they worked on lighting the stage in preparation for a rehearsal tonight. Secrest Auditorium Manager John Kunkel says they’ve been preparing for this show for a while.

“Starting from the design, which probably started about two months ago. [This set] probably took a day to a day and a half to get all the pieces in.”

Kunkel says all the hard work...
December 6, 2005 - 5:47pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
South Zanesville Village Council unanimously voted Monday night to remove Police Chief Michael Prather from office.

The announcement comes just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant at the South Zanesville Police Department.

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December 6, 2005 - 5:10pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Newark City School officials say two students have now confessed to making web death threats against classmates.

Communications coordinator Carey Sullivan says the Newark Police Department is investigating the death threats that were posted on xanga.com, which is a popular blog for teenagers.

Sullivan says the two female students claimed it was just a prank.

But now the students face expulsion from school.

Newark Police say they will charge both...
December 6, 2005 - 4:28pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
All November election results are finalized, and the Muskingum County Board of Elections reported no major problems with the new electronic voting machines.

Officials report all ballots were counted a minute before 10pm, quicker than anticipated. “We were greatly impressed with the amount of time it took to get election results. As units were brought back, and we uploaded the results for each unit, it just went like clockwork,” said Martha Thomas of the BOE.

There were...
December 6, 2005 - 4:27pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Over 200 local residents will take part in Home for the Holidays show this week at Secrest Auditorium.

It’s a tribute to the men and women serving in the military.

Performers will sing, dance and perform skits. One of those performing this year is Jim Sayre, who is also blind.

Jim, who has been performing in public since he was a young boy and has even written songs about Zanesville, will be performing in two parts of the show. “It seems like whenever a...
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