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May 16, 2006 - 10:09pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
The movie is opening this Friday and “The Da Vinci Code” novel is still flying off the shelves.

Click “Watch Video” or read below for Jasmine Lo’s interview with local clergy to hear their reaction to this controversial story.

Father Leo Connolly says he will address his congregation about the story Dan Brown tells in “The Da Vinci Code,” that some famous artists incorporated cryptic messages into their works.

“The author presented it as fact,...
May 16, 2006 - 6:00pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
There are over one thousand high school seniors here in Muskingum County, but seven of them stand out above the rest.

Today those seven seniors, each one from a different Muskingum County School was presented with a Phoenix Award from the Zanesville Noon Rotary Club.

Guidance Counselors nominate students who have had to overcome obstacles to achieve success. Charli Berridge says she wasn’t expecting the award.

“I was really surprised because to me it doesn’t...
May 16, 2006 - 5:46pm
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It’s way to help re-build the city of Slidell without ever picking up a hammer instead they’ll be using microphones.

“Let The Good Times Roll” is more than just the name of the production, it is what John Kunkel and his nearly 60 person production hope to do next weekend, when they take a full musical performance down to Slidell.

Mayor Butch Zwelling says he thinks a little music and dancing is just what the people of Slidell need.

“In the conversations I’ve...
May 16, 2006 - 4:48pm
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High winds blew debris and construction barrels and rattled the doors on the Colony Square Mall, but it was all from a helicopter that touched down as part of the new cinema construction project.

The chopper lifted 18 heating and ventilation units to the top of the cinema. Each weighs about 2,500 pounds.

Now that the units are in place, construction can move forward. Mall officials expect the cinema to be open in late summer or early fall.
May 16, 2006 - 2:04pm
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It’s a nationwide campaign the government hopes will raise awareness on the roadways, “Click it or Ticket.” Local troopers are gearing up for its kick-off.

A new study shows that close to 48 million Americans aren’t wearing their seatbelts, and with a holiday weekend right around the corner, Lieutenant David Lee says it’s important to get the word out to travelers before they hit the highways.

“We want everyone to get where they’re going safely, everybody having a great...
May 16, 2006 - 11:38am
7 years 11 weeks ago
Women all over Muskingum County have an excuse this Friday to buy purses for a worthy reason.

The Muskingum County chapter of the Red Cross is holding its first annual “Power of the Purse Auction, Ladies Night Out.”

There are over 60 purses with special incentives inside for every type of shopper.

Organizers see this as a fun way for the women of Muskingum County to participate in raising money for the Red Cross.

Marlene Henderson, Auction Director...
May 16, 2006 - 11:30am
7 years 11 weeks ago
A summer in Zanesville wouldn’t be complete without Gus Macker Basketball and today with less than a month to go the sponsors gathered at the Muskingum County Welcome Center to see the tournaments progress.

Dana Matz, Downtown Association; “We are just real excited, we’ve got the corporate sponsors here the special event sponsors and the committee, and the committee does a great job.”

With over 600 teams already signed up, Matz says they are on their way to another...
May 16, 2006 - 9:04am
7 years 11 weeks ago
In an effort to lose weight and raise awareness of the growing problem of obesity, a man walked from San Diego to New York, making headlines nationwide…his name, Steve Vaught.

Now, another man taking on the challenge is Gary Long, who made a stop in Zanesville.

Long began his trek in February after being fed up with his scale reading 380 pounds.

He was sick of being bogged down with health problems and decided to make a change.

“On Christmas day I...
May 15, 2006 - 9:58pm
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The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office says they don’t think 27-year-old Jeremiah Merrbaugh’s death was murder, but they don’t think it was an accident either. Whiz’s Jennifer Jarrell explains.

It was common for Jeremiah Merrbaugh and his friends to go fishing at the Tuscarawas River. They usually had a few drinks and did some shooting, but Saturday night’s fishing trip was Jeremiah’s last.

Lt. Don Devore says, “I was at the autopsy today and for all practical purposes it...
May 15, 2006 - 6:24pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Some exceptional students were recognized at Tri-Valley Middle School.

Eighty-six seventh and eighth graders became members of the National Junior Honor Society. The induction included a lighting of seven candles that represent the characteristics of an Honor Society member, including scholarship and leadership.

New inductee Kelsey Dotson says it’s not an easy organization to get into.

“We had to have a 3.5 PGA to be in the Honor Society and...
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