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June 14, 2006 - 8:50pm
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The Post Office is looking into some changes that will help consolidate the processing of your mail.

As part of a nation-wide effort to make mail sorting for efficient, the Postal Service is looking into the feasibility of a process called Area Mail Processing.

The plan would consolidate all mail sorting from the Zanesville area to a plant in Columbus.

“We process approximately 80,000 to 110,000 letters right now at the Zanesville Post Office,” Postmaster Gary...
June 14, 2006 - 5:10pm
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The latest FBI report shows that violent crime rates are up for the first time since 2001 and murder rates in Ohio’s largest cities went up between 2004 and 2005.

So is Muskingum County following suit?

Local statistics show that the county’s violent crimes, like rape and homicide, actually decreased between 2004 and 2005 and so did the overall number of crimes.

But with one homicide already this year, more than 100 assaults and 50 car thefts,...
June 14, 2006 - 5:01pm
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The recently FDA approved vaccine that can help prevent cervical cancer will soon be available here in Muskingum County.

Last Thursday the FDA approved Gardasil, a vaccine for females that blocks human papilloma virus, or HPV, which accounts for about seventy percent of cervical cancer cases.

Doctor Vicki Whitacre, Medical Director of the Muskingum County Health Department said the department will offer the vaccine within the next few months, though an exact...
June 14, 2006 - 10:57am
7 years 7 weeks ago
As summer temperatures heat up, many around our area are feeling the brunt of those upper 80’s with a lack of central air. But one county agency is trying to help some beat the heat.

The Community Action Agency has been giving those in need air-conditioners for six years now. Gary Wilson, Community Service Coordinator, says this year it just got a lot easier to become a recipient.

“We are furnishing air conditioners for individuals with a medical documented condition, it...
June 13, 2006 - 10:15pm
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Zanesville Police aren’t sure why the fisherman inside a van ran away after the vehicle plummeted into the Muskingum River tonight.

Matthew Rausenberg is an EMT who was just passing by when he saw all the commotion off the Y-Bridge.

“I was driving down Main Street and car was flagging down a ZPD cruiser and told them there was a van in the river so ZPD came down here,” Rausenberg said.

Another fisherman trying to help the van out of the river got caught in the...
June 13, 2006 - 6:49pm
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Authorities believe they have their suspect in a local church break-in, as a Zanesville man is now behind bars facing charges in the crime.

Thirty seven-year-old Thomas Rushay is charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of possession of criminal tools, both felony counts.

“Sunday evening, about 9 P.M. our patrol officers were dispatched to the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Taylor Street in regards to a break-in that just occurred at the church,”...
June 13, 2006 - 5:20pm
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In the aftermath of Ben Roethlisberger’s motorcycle accident, local authorities are speaking out about Ohio’s helmet law and what it means for riders.

Ohio is one of nineteen states that require helmets for riders eighteen years old or younger and for riders with less than one year of experience.

While the experienced rider can choose to wear a helmet, Sergeant Clark Felix with the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said it is important.

June 13, 2006 - 5:13pm
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As the popularity of non-traditional therapy grows, treatments like acupuncture, massage therapy and reflexology are becoming more common solutions to injury and illness.

Now even hospitals are offering different types of alternative therapy.

A member of the Genesis Health Care team’s Complementary Medicine department spoke to the Rotarians on Tuesday to let them in on exactly what complementary medicine is.

It’s similar to alternative therapy...
June 13, 2006 - 3:56pm
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The Zanesville Police Department needs your help tonight finding a man who robbed a pizza deliveryman.

The man was delivering a pizza to a home in the 900 block of Hughes Street Sunday evening when a man carrying a handgun approached him.

“The individual struck him with a hand gun and took off with the delivery driver’s money, the suspect was last seen heading towards the downtown area towards Marietta Street,” Sgt. Ric Roush said.

Tonight police are looking...
June 13, 2006 - 9:10am
7 years 7 weeks ago
In the last six weeks, fires have left 12 families homeless and the Muskingum Valley Red Cross is responsible for helping those families pick up the pieces.

Red Cross officials say it takes an average of $1,000 to get a family back on their feet. With a rash of fires lately, Dan Hartman, executive director for the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, says the disaster relief budget is dwindling.

“It was almost gone at the end of May, now we’ve got more families, and of course we’...
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