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October 6, 2005 - 3:49pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
A demonstration today by Muskingum County Children's Services showcased a new program to better serve families and foster children.

Members from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services were also on hand. The program replaces the older one that has been in place since 1986.

“It’s really a tool for child welfare case workers to assist them with managing their case loads, and providing services to get the families and ultimately improving the outcomes for kids...
October 6, 2005 - 3:42pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Sate Auditor Betty Montgomery spoke today at the 25th anniversary of the Transitions Shelter.

Over the past 25 years, the shelter has helped hundreds of women who are victims of domestic violence.

Montgomery emphasized the effects domestic violence can have on children and how the shelter can help women get out of bad situations. “It’s the beatings, the threats, the intimidation, and the atmosphere that has an enormous effect on both adults and children. It’s very...
October 6, 2005 - 3:36pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Representatives from all 13 Appalachian states were on hand today for the annual fall conference at Muskingum College.

This year’s focus is the rural advantage, how rural communities can take advantage of what they have, to be competitive in today’s economy.

Federal Co-Chair Anne Pope says one way is to take advantage of the close-knit communities common to Appalachia. “Rural communities aren’t like everywhere else. We have a real sense of place in Appalachia and rural...
October 6, 2005 - 3:25pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Residents in and around Stockport are gathering this Saturday to honor one of their own.

Matthew Smith was injured in Iraq while serving with the Special Forces 5th group based in Fort Campbell, KY. In February 2004, he sustained gunshot wounds to his head, right shoulder, left arm, and abdomen.

The injury to his head has caused stroke like symptoms to his left side. Today he is making huge strides in his recovery.

Matt’s friend Wendy Waite says the...
October 6, 2005 - 2:18pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
An annexation request is working it ways through city, county and township channels in Muskingum County.

Ray Thomas Lumbertown has filed a petition for annexation with the Muskingum County Commissioners for annexation to the city of Zanesville.

It involves just over 154 acres in Muskingum Township near Northpointe Drive.

The city has a couple of weeks to come up with a service agreement and a resolution pertaining to the annexation request. Property owners in...
October 6, 2005 - 2:08pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says westbound I-70 in Licking County just east of State Route 37 was closed for about three hours today (Thursday) after some type of spill.

ODOT closed the highway around 12:30 Thursday afternoon and was not expecting to reopen it until around 3:30 p.m.

But the Granville Post of the Highway Patrol says it turned out to be a whole lot about nothing.

Troopers say the substance turned out to be a non-hazardous polymer....
October 6, 2005 - 1:00pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says part of interstate 70 in Licking County is closed this afternoon due to a chemical spill.

It happened around 12:30 just east of State Route 37 in Licking County.

The Westbound side of the interstate is closed.

O-Dot says a suggested detour is State Route 37 to U.S 40 to State Route 158 or State Route 310. No word on what caused the spill.
October 5, 2005 - 2:42pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
As part of its ongoing “sick of lawsuits” campaign, Ohio Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, also known as OCALA, will unveil a quirky TV-ad to raise awareness about very serious issue; questionable lawsuits.

According to the executive director of OCALA, Jeff Longstreth, out-of-state personal injury lawyers prey on Ohio’s elderly and unemployed with their ads promising riches, but Longstreth warns area residents that those are empty promises. “You wouldn’t take medical advice from a...
October 5, 2005 - 2:33pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Excellent news for Ohio Libraries! Once again we were ranked number one in the country for the second year according to the most recent issue of American Libraries Magazine.

But that might not last much longer due to the state library funding levels, which have been frozen since 2000.

According to library official, Blair Tom, libraries are used more now than ever and the need for money is great. “When the economy is slow, libraries are used more. These days technology is...
October 5, 2005 - 2:22pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
October is domestic violence awareness month, and in an effort to alert the community about the issues Muskingum County faces, two area organizations have teamed up to host an open house.

Response Victims Assistance Program, along with Tompkins Adolescent Mental Health group is hoping to inform the community about the services they offer.

According to Response Program manager, Jane Malloy, the public needs to know what her program provides. “We serve Perry and Muskingum...
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