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September 22, 2005 - 5:34pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Back in July the state of Ohio approved a new budget bill, which required each county to submit a consolidation report. Today county Auditor Anita Adams presented Muskingum County’s report to County Commissioners.

“It basically gives an overview of the county, its history and how it was formed,” says Adams. “Currently how we stand today financially and economically. It’s gives some history about the county’s finances as a whole.”

Adams says the County Commissioners...
September 22, 2005 - 5:27pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Ohio’s Recycling Budget for 2006 will be nearly half of what is was this year, thanks to a large decrease in funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division.

The District Coordinator for Southeastern Ohio Solid Waste Management District, Robert Reiter, says, “Their current 2005 budget is about $10.6 million. Their 2006 budget is expected to go down to $5.2 million.”

Reiter met with Muskingum County Commissioners today to discuss ways to keep recycling...
September 22, 2005 - 3:36pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
The City of Zanesville is facing an $800,000 deficit and now its negotiating a new contract with some city employees.

Today, city officials sat down with the Zanesville Fire Fighters Union to talk about a new contract. The two sides exchanged proposals.

The fire department hopes the process continues to move smoothly. “Local 88 and the City of Zanesville met this morning for approximately one hour to discuss our contract negotiations. Both sides made their proposed...
September 22, 2005 - 3:30pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
With the approach of Hurricane Rita, the Red Cross is facing a possible disaster comparable to Hurricane Katrina.

The Red Cross has been working hard since Katrina hit and is ready if needed for anything Rita may bring.

Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross said they added work has taken its toll on everyone, but they are still going strong. “It’s been exhausting. We’ve got a good group here though, and bounce ideas off each other. We’ve worked for a...
September 22, 2005 - 3:21pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
How community colleges in Appalachia can help train students for business and industry in the region was the topic of a round table discussion today. Zane State hosted the event of members of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Governor Bob Taft, and presidents from 20 community colleges.

Gov. Taft said the conference is a great opportunity for Ohio. “It’s a great opportunity for a lot of Washington officials to get out of Washington and experience first hand what are our needs...
September 22, 2005 - 4:44am
6 years 24 weeks ago
It looks like Zanesville voters will see a levy on the ballot next year for the Zanesville City Schools.

Director of Student Services Kevin Appleman says the exact ballot language has not yet been determined but Superintendent Mike Pockl told board members about his plan at last night’s meeting.

Pockl told members that at next month’s meeting he would probably recommend they put a levy on the ballot for February.

The district is looking at an over 360-...
September 21, 2005 - 8:09pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
The Zanesville High School Marching Band spend their Wednesday evening preparing for the Band Bonanza that will take place Saturday at John D. Salsberger Memorial Stadium.

“The Bonanza this weekend is the largest continually running marching band festival in the state,” says Band Director Andrew Sundman. “This will be our 43rd year in a row, and this year we have 19 bands coming. It’s one of the largest shows in the state right now.”

In fact, this year’s Bonanza is twice...
September 21, 2005 - 4:22pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Two local women are asking for donations to help rescue their mother from her ruined home in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit Sherry Steele has been living in a moldy home with no roof; and because she can’t drive on the interstate she is stuck there.

So her daughters decided it was time to bring their mother home.

“Right now my sister and I are trying to raise money to go down and get her,” says Crystal Bible. “Monetary, gas gift cards...
September 21, 2005 - 4:12pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Seven Highway corridors in Ohio are under investigation for their high rate of fatal crashes: and State Route 60 in Zanesville is one of these roads.

Cindy Brown, the ODOT District-wide spokesperson says, “Between 1999 and 2003 there were 27 fatalities on the State Route 60 Corridor that runs from northeastern Ohio down through Southern Ohio.”

Now the Department of Public Safety, ODOT and the Governor’s Safety Task Force are looking into the causes of these crashes and...
September 21, 2005 - 3:25pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
What could be better than eating pancakes to help those in need?

That was the thought of many area residents as they flocked to Nichols Restaurant for a great meal. Nichols Restaurant teamed up with the Salvation Army to raise money for the victims of hurricane Katrina. According to the owner of Nichols, Jennifer Estep, hosting a benefit breakfast seemed like the right thing to do. “I just thought it was something that everyone in the restaurant could get involved in.”

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