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September 22, 2005 - 9:41pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
A local man, who is a co-defendant in a year old murder case withdrew his former plea in Judge Mark Fleegle's courtroom Thursday.

According to Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox, 22-year-old Shaun Norris of Zanesville changed his plea of not guilty and entered pleas of guilty to two charges; the first is murder with a gun specification, the second is a charge of aggravated robbery with a gun specification.

Haddox says the charges stem from an August 19th 2004 incident...
September 22, 2005 - 8:08pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Three are injured after a car crash on the corner of 93 and Washington.

Emergency crews from Roseville, Newton Township and Zanesville rushed to the scene to find one girl ejected from her vehicle another woman trapped inside, and the victim in the second car is Dr. Ralph Smith who was also seriously injured in the crash.

The Newton Township Fire Chief, Allen Deaver, says all three victims were initially in good shape considering the condition of the vehicles.
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September 22, 2005 - 8:02pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
It may be the first day of autumn, but the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville hosted a summer splash tonight at the Holiday Inn.

The Beach Bash was the organization’s annual volunteer awards banquet.

“This is jus a recognition dinner to thank everyone who helped,” said Mike Maniai, board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “There are special awards for Big Brother of the year, Big Sister of the year, the match of the year, etc.”

The Big Brother of...
September 22, 2005 - 5:34pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Back in July the state of Ohio approved a new budget bill, which required each county to submit a consolidation report. Today county Auditor Anita Adams presented Muskingum County’s report to County Commissioners.

“It basically gives an overview of the county, its history and how it was formed,” says Adams. “Currently how we stand today financially and economically. It’s gives some history about the county’s finances as a whole.”

Adams says the County Commissioners...
September 22, 2005 - 5:27pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
Ohio’s Recycling Budget for 2006 will be nearly half of what is was this year, thanks to a large decrease in funds from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division.

The District Coordinator for Southeastern Ohio Solid Waste Management District, Robert Reiter, says, “Their current 2005 budget is about $10.6 million. Their 2006 budget is expected to go down to $5.2 million.”

Reiter met with Muskingum County Commissioners today to discuss ways to keep recycling...
September 22, 2005 - 3:36pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
The City of Zanesville is facing an $800,000 deficit and now its negotiating a new contract with some city employees.

Today, city officials sat down with the Zanesville Fire Fighters Union to talk about a new contract. The two sides exchanged proposals.

The fire department hopes the process continues to move smoothly. “Local 88 and the City of Zanesville met this morning for approximately one hour to discuss our contract negotiations. Both sides made their proposed...
September 22, 2005 - 3:30pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
With the approach of Hurricane Rita, the Red Cross is facing a possible disaster comparable to Hurricane Katrina.

The Red Cross has been working hard since Katrina hit and is ready if needed for anything Rita may bring.

Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross said they added work has taken its toll on everyone, but they are still going strong. “It’s been exhausting. We’ve got a good group here though, and bounce ideas off each other. We’ve worked for a...
September 22, 2005 - 3:21pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
How community colleges in Appalachia can help train students for business and industry in the region was the topic of a round table discussion today. Zane State hosted the event of members of the Appalachian Regional Commission, Governor Bob Taft, and presidents from 20 community colleges.

Gov. Taft said the conference is a great opportunity for Ohio. “It’s a great opportunity for a lot of Washington officials to get out of Washington and experience first hand what are our needs...
September 22, 2005 - 4:44am
6 years 34 weeks ago
It looks like Zanesville voters will see a levy on the ballot next year for the Zanesville City Schools.

Director of Student Services Kevin Appleman says the exact ballot language has not yet been determined but Superintendent Mike Pockl told board members about his plan at last night’s meeting.

Pockl told members that at next month’s meeting he would probably recommend they put a levy on the ballot for February.

The district is looking at an over 360-...
September 21, 2005 - 8:09pm
6 years 34 weeks ago
The Zanesville High School Marching Band spend their Wednesday evening preparing for the Band Bonanza that will take place Saturday at John D. Salsberger Memorial Stadium.

“The Bonanza this weekend is the largest continually running marching band festival in the state,” says Band Director Andrew Sundman. “This will be our 43rd year in a row, and this year we have 19 bands coming. It’s one of the largest shows in the state right now.”

In fact, this year’s Bonanza is twice...
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