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July 13, 2004 - 2:28pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
September 11th changed a lot of security methods for several places across the country.

Today, in Muskingum County, the Emergency Management Agency, as well as several other emergency departments, learned how to handle severe emergencies with special equipment.

The money for the new equipment comes from different federal grants.

Haz-Mat Coordinator for Muskingum County EMA Gene Hanning says, “The money comes from the federal government and then goes to the state...
July 13, 2004 - 2:22pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
If you missed out on all the excitement of the Y-City Star competition last Saturday, WHIZ is going to give you another chance.

This Thursday, WHIZ will be airing the semifinal competition at a rare primetime spot.

Media Operations Manager Brian Wagner says, “We decided to put Y-City Star in primetime because of the demand, the excitement, and because of the crowd that was there. We just thought since it’s a locally originated program done by local people that we’d take...
July 13, 2004 - 8:26am
5 years 42 weeks ago
A longtime local education administrator has died.

West Muskingum High School Principal Gary Ankrum passed away early this morning.

West Muskingum School District Superintendent Marvin Wourms says Ankrum was admitted to the hospital Friday after complaining of stomach pain.

He died around 4:30 this morning.

Ankrum may be the longest serving principal in the area.

Wourms says Ankrum’s been in education for around 42 years. Funeral...
July 13, 2004 - 7:39am
5 years 42 weeks ago
An amusement ride owner has been sentenced in Painesville today to six months in jail in the death of an eight-year old boy who was shocked at a county fair.

Eugene Chaffee of Riverview, Florida, must also pay Greyson’s Yoe’s family 13-thousand dollars for the boy’s funeral and medical expenses.

Greyson was shocked August 13th while waiting to ride the bumper cars at the Lake County Fair. He never regained consciousness and died September 2nd.

Chaffee pleaded...
July 12, 2004 - 10:12pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
At 6:50 Monday evening the Volunteer Crooksville Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 117 Bell Street in Crooksville.

According to Chief Denny Dew, smoke was coming from the attic of the home however the fire appears to have started in the kitchen ceiling area of the home.

The Thomas family, who resides at the home is no longer able to stay there, as Dew says the residence suffered major damage from the fire. Dew adds that the local chapter of the American Red...
July 12, 2004 - 10:07pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
On Friday, July 9th 23-year-old Micah Ashley Jones of Zanesville was reportedly walking across a street in Nashville…now she’s in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center with head wounds.

According to WSMV TV in Nashville, Jones was hit by off-duty officer Sgt. Kimberly Gooch. Gooch and another off-duty officer, Marshall Brown, admitted that had been drinking.

As a result of the incident, Gooch is now decommissioned meaning her police power and authority have been...
July 12, 2004 - 8:35pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
At the Zanesville city council meeting tonight council members voiced their excitement about the new Worthington Foods plant coming to town.

Council member Dan Vincent says he’s just happy it’s bringing more jobs to Zanesville.
“Very exciting news at Worthington Foods we’re bringing in more jobs investing in the area and payrolls gonna be 4.9 million per year which is great.”

This Worthington Foods project brings 163 new jobs to our area which is great news for...
July 12, 2004 - 5:57pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
An afternoon grass fire in South Zanesville got blown out of proportion literally.

Around 2 this afternoon the South Zanesville Fire Department was called to the intersection of Darlington Drive and East Darlington Drive for a small contained fire.

But firefighters say when they arrived the wind became a major factor in the blaze.

No one was injured, but the trailer was completely demolished.

Three rescue squads were called in for assistance...
July 12, 2004 - 3:36pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
The new Director for the Governor’s Office of Appalachia made a stop in Muskingum County today.

He has now been in office for three months and hopes to get people to visit the 29 Appalachian counties.

Aside from tourism, job growth is of importance to him.

Director T.J. Justice says, “I would hope that we can continue to reduce the number of Appalachian counties that are distressed. We’re down to five now and we had as many as ten to twelve a decade ago. So I...
July 12, 2004 - 3:35pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
A Taste of Zanesville is hitting the streets this Wednesday as we celebrate Pottery Reunion 2004.

There will be plenty of live entertainment and great food, as well as the important historical aspect of pottery to our area.

There are more than fifty activities that will keep the entire family busy.

Taste of Zanesville starts Wednesday and runs from 5:30 until 8:00pm. Maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce.
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