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May 9, 2006 - 10:14am
7 years 3 weeks ago
After completely scorching a trailer on Monday afternoon, a fire re-kindled Tuesday morning at a home off of State Route 146 in Muskingum County.

Around 7:30 a.m. firefighters were called to 8250 Black Run Road, the home of the Tibias family. Licking Township Fire Chief Chris Miller says after the damage that took place yesterday, they hurried to the scene this morning.

“You can see by the heavy damage done to it, there was a lot of fire showing in the front. There was a...
May 8, 2006 - 9:12pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
Robert Brandford is already Zanesville’s Public Safety Director, and on Friday he was named the Second Vice President of the Public Safety Director’s Association of the State of Ohio.

Mayor Zwelling announced Brandford’s new title at Monday's City Council meeting.

Brandford said he has belonged to the Director’s Association for six years.

“They thought enough of me to think that maybe I should step it up. And so you always look forward to...
May 8, 2006 - 6:19pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
It’s the final step before EMCO U.S.A. can call Zanesville home.

Today a representative for the glass manufacturing company met with county commissioners and the port authority to make sure the port authority’s six million dollar finance package is a go.

Port Authority Executive Director Jerry Nolder says it’s more of a legal step.

“It’s a hearing to see if anybody has any dispute over the fact we are issuing the bonds and just to hear anything pros or cons,...
May 8, 2006 - 5:06pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
A Bishop in Columbus has recently approved a new plan for Catholic education in Zanesville.

And with a new school in the area comes a new face.

Mary Walsh is the principal of the new Bishop Fenwick Elementary School. The school is a merger of St. Nicholas and St. Thomas.

Walsh attended Catholic schools and said her background will also help in her new position.

“I have a masters degree in Speech and Theater and in Education...
May 8, 2006 - 5:00pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
The popular TV show “American Idol” is already down to the final four contestants, but there’s still a chance for local talent to become famous.

The third annual Y-City Star will soon be coming back to Secrest Auditorium.

Applications are available now for any solo singer who thinks they have what it takes to be a star.

The show will be similar to “American Idol” with several rounds of auditions. Then the finalists will perform for an audience...
May 8, 2006 - 3:48pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
Zanesville City Schools Superintendent Mike Pockl announced Monday his intention to retire effective July 31st.

School Board President Tom Vandegriff says Pockl was an outstanding superintendent and has carried out the objectives

and the directives of the board during very tough financial times.
May 8, 2006 - 3:45pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
Pride and Patriotism is a big part of the American culture, but with a war on terror in its third year, some question the presence of our soldiers overseas.

However, there are still some who stand firmly behind defending our country. WHIZ's Courtney Coleman sat down with one couple who decided to take their patriotism to the next level.

Maro and Stephanie Phillips of Coshocton are no strangers to military life. Maro joined the army in 1999, Stephanie in 2002....
May 8, 2006 - 12:54pm
7 years 3 weeks ago
The deadline to sign up for a new Medicare program is quickly approaching, and here in Zanesville seniors have mixed opinions about signing up for the program that has been prone to controversy from the beginning.

Senior citizen Ruth Roberts wasted no time choosing her new prescription plan.

After watching a presentation at the Senior Center she decided signing up was the way to go.

“A lot of people told me it was a good program and I just went ahead and...
May 8, 2006 - 10:56am
7 years 3 weeks ago
A Heart procedure just approved by the FDA is right here in Southeastern Ohio, and it could make life easier for people with hardening arteries.

Dr. Albirini; “The stent procedure or the carotid stent procedure is basically a new procedure that is for people who have severe stenosis in the arteries that supply bold to the heart.”

This relatively new procedure is an alternative to surgery and Dr. Albirini says studies have proven its effectiveness in most patients with...
May 8, 2006 - 10:12am
7 years 3 weeks ago
Law enforcement officials say Ohio Congressman Bob Ney’s former Chief of Staff Neil Volz has agreed to plead guilty today to charges in connection with an investigation into influence peddling and public corruption.

Volz is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from his work and Capitol Hill and the lobbying practice he joined after leaving Ney’s office.

Two former aides of Congressman Tom Delay of Texas have already pleaded guilty to their roles in...
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