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June 27, 2005 - 10:58am
6 years 24 weeks ago
The renovation of the Muskingum County Courthouse is moving right along, with local officials looking forward to the completion of the re-vamped bell tower.

Built in 1874, the courthouse is one of Zanesville’s finest landmarks, a central point in the city’s downtown.

According to County Commissioner Brian Hill, they aren’t experiencing too many problems with the construction, they are just anxious to see the final product.

“We’d like for them to be done by July...
June 27, 2005 - 10:42am
6 years 24 weeks ago
A Monday morning structure fire caused damage inside a local manufacturing plant today and caused the evacuation of all its employees.

Plaskolite Incorporated is a local acrylic sheet manufacturer that employs over 100 people. It's located at 1175 5-b's Drive near the Zanesville Municipal Airport. Matt Brunner is the plant manager. He says that although the fire was small, the workers played a vital part in the safety of those inside.

“It was a good reaction on our...
June 27, 2005 - 10:32am
6 years 24 weeks ago
Another development project may be on the way to downtown Zanesville. WHIZ News has learned of new plans for a block of the city on Main Street.

According to a local business owner, the Army and Navy surplus store and its surrounding buildings and homes are of interest to a national chain; though details of which one or what type of store have not been confirmed.

The area where the Army Navy store is, as well as the warehouse next to it and the four homes behind it will...
June 26, 2005 - 9:03pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
It’s only the first weekend of summer and local residents are looking for more than just air conditioning and swimming pools to keep them cool.

Whiz reporter Erin Packard takes a look at the many ways people in Muskingum County are keeping cool.

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June 26, 2005 - 4:12pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
The past met the present today as one of Zanesville’s oldest homes celebrated a historic birthday.

The Dr. Increase Matthews house, built in 1805, celebrated its 200th birthday today. According to Linda Smucker, the director of the Pioneer and Historical Society, the Matthews House is a little known treasure in Muskingum County. “It is the oldest standing residence in Zanesville. Of course no one lives there, but it is a residence and we decided this needed to have a special...
June 26, 2005 - 4:03pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Kids had a chance to visit with their favorite underwater celebrity this afternoon at Secrest Auditorium.

Spongebob Squarepants was on hand to help educate kids and their parents on how to stay safe. Along with Spongebob, some other area organizations were on hand to promote the D.A.R.E Program, healthy eating, and fire safety. Melanie Boss, the Media Sales Consultant for Time Warner Cable, said this event brought everyone together. “We have the sheriff’s department behind me...
June 26, 2005 - 3:52pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
A fire in Newton Township broke out this afternoon, taking five crews to battle the blaze.

At 12:15, a neighbor called 9-1-1, alerting emergency crews to smoke, but by the time the first fire truck arrived on the scene, the entire house was engulfed in flames.

According to fire chief, Allen Deaver, of the Newton Fire Department, the warm temperatures outside didn’t help crews get the fire under control. “With the heat, we’ve got to rotate people out. The weather is hot,...
June 26, 2005 - 3:44pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Kids may be out of school, but keeping their education going through the summer break is extremely important. “Education Made Fun”, is the slogan of one local center, and that is exactly what they hoped to do this weekend.

This weekend marked the 2nd annual Ancient Arts Festival and Knap-In at the Deerasic Park Education Center in Cambridge. According to Dean Ziegler, the director of operations for the park, the festival gives kids the opportunity to try a variety of different...
June 26, 2005 - 2:34pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Authorities are releasing information about a serious crash that occurred in Cambridge Saturday night.

According to Trooper Paul Appleman with the Cambridge Post of the State Highway Patrol, around 6:30 Saturday evening an 11-year-old girl was struck by a commercial vehicle on I-70.

Appleman says the girl’s father had pulled off on the side of the road to search for debris, when his daughter ran across the interstate to assist him.

She was transported to...
June 25, 2005 - 6:26pm
6 years 24 weeks ago
Block your ears and take cover as one local weekend event takes you back in time.

The Army of the Tennessee USA and CSA came to Muskingum County this weekend and they didn't leave their guns behind.

Today kicked off the second annual civil war re-enactment held in Trinway.

History buffs from across the country came to watch these talented actors.

"They get into character they maintain that character and they really live the part while their doing the...
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