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November 1, 2004 - 6:50pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
Tomorrow’s election could be one for the history books with an expected record turnout by voters.

Martha Thomas, Executive Director of the Muskingum County Board of Elections reminds voters to show up early.

“The polls open at 6:30 am November 2nd for election day and they’re open all day until 7:30 pm so there’s a lot of time in there to get down here to the polls and vote,” says Thomas.

Thomas adds this year’s election day will be slightly different because...
November 1, 2004 - 6:45pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
A very big announcement was made today regarding a gift for the Muskingum County Community Foundation.

Executive Director Dave Mitzel says this big gift couldn’t have come from a more humble person—Emmitt France.

“It was a gift from a gentleman who was very quiet, lived a quiet life on a farm, it was announced by two of his nephews Lloyd and Tim France and it was a gift of $922,000 to the foundation,” says Mitzel.

The announcement was made at the 2nd annual...
November 1, 2004 - 6:40pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
Most of the 650 workers furloughed by the Longaberger Company for six weeks will return to work one week earlier than planned.

The nation’s largest handmade basket-maker said in September that it would furlough 650 workers at its Frazeysburg plant for about six weeks to reduce surplus inventory.

The furlough began October 4th. About 70 workers came back today and all but 26 of the others will return a week from today.

The rest will be back by November 15th...
November 1, 2004 - 6:39pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
The election is just one day away and as you can imagine candidates are doing everything they can in the last hours of the campaign. In Zanesville today volunteers had a special visitor to help them get the word out.

At the Kerry Edwards headquarters today it was all about the volunteers especially with a visit from Mrs. Edwards herself who came to rally the troops and thank all the volunteers for their support.

“We can not let up not a single moment. Everything looks...
November 1, 2004 - 5:25pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
An 18 year-old man found guilty in the shooting death of Michael Allen, also of Zanesville, was sentenced today.

In Muskingum County's Common Pleas Court, Judge Howard Zwelling sentenced Jared Higgins to 18 years to life in prison. Because Higgins was found guilty of murder, that means the court had to sentence Higgins to 15 years to life. However, the gun specification charge adds an additional three years, so ultimately Higgins will spend 18 years behind bars and will not be up for...
November 1, 2004 - 12:10pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
The temperatures are dropping… which means winter isn’t far away. The Ohio Department of Transportation knows it’s vital to be ready for what’s to come.

ODOT had their annual equipment testing today statewide; we visited the Muskingum County location to see what they do to ensure our safety. They have all the snow and ice equipment checked out before the snow hits.

ODOT spokeswoman Cindy Brown says it’s good to have an outside eye.

“We actually have mechanics...
November 1, 2004 - 12:31am
6 years 4 weeks ago
There are no tricks about it, WHIZ News received word from the Kerry-Edwards campaign that Elizabeth Edwards will be visiting Zanesville tomorrow.

Mrs. Edwards is expected to arrive around 12:45 at the Kerry Edwards headquarters located at 44 South 6th Street.
She is not scheduled to speak at the event, but it is open to the public.

She is coming to thank the volunteers and rally voters to go to the polls on Tuesday.

We’re planning to speak with Mrs....
October 31, 2004 - 7:51pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
Tonight is Trick-or-Treat night in Zanesville and some kids got more than candy at one house.

In fact, youngsters got quite a scare as they visited this haunted house off of Military Road. Frankenstein and all his buddies scared kids as they walked through the haunted house. He says his favorite part is seeing the looks of terror on the kids' faces and of course, the smiles.

Trick or Treaters were chased with a chainsaw as they ended the tour, but even over the roar of the...
October 31, 2004 - 6:15pm
6 years 4 weeks ago
As a way to promote literacy and reading, the Zanesville Country Club is hosting a two-day book festival.

Tomorrow is the 6th annual National Family Literacy Day. Christopher Canyon, an award-winning artist, musician and performer spoke about the importance of reading. "The purpose of the program is for children to create a feeling of empowerment of their own creativity and to enjoy their own stories and share those stories with others," says Canyon.

Canyon's wife Jeanette...
October 30, 2004 - 8:06pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
A one car accident Friday night sent an area man to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to officials with the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, the 9-1-1 call came in at 9:17 of an injury accident involving a vehicle driven by Brian L. Bassett.

Apparently Bassett lost control of his car while traveling west on CR 9 close to the intersection SR 751. It slid off the roadway and struck an embankment then went airborne eventually landing on its wheels.

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