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October 20, 2004 - 11:39am
6 years 3 weeks ago
Heating your home in the winter can be extremely costly… and HEAP is trying to help those less fortunate with the burden.

The Home Energy Assistance Program, better known as HEAP, will begin emergency assistance on November 1st. Community Services Coordinator, Gary Wilson, says it is for those who have been disconnected from their heat source or those with less than a ten day supply of bulk fuel.

Wilson says you will be eligible, “As long as you fall under the Department...
October 19, 2004 - 11:48pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
A local man is now in custody in connection with a recent arson.

According to Sgt. Detective Ric Roush with the Zanesville Police Department, 42-year-old Timothy Norris of Zanesville is being held in connection with the fire at a vacant house at 1660 Meadow Street.

The fire occurred last Sunday around 2:30 in the morning. The structure sustained heavy damage.

Norris is facing one ocunt of arson at this time.

The case goes before a Muskingum County...
October 19, 2004 - 11:37pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
Local firefighters rushed to the scene of a fully involved house fire on Maysville Avenue today around five o'clock.

According to officials with the Zanesville Fire Department, the home was burning fast and because crews responded very quickly, they got the fire knocked down in no time.

Assistant Zanesville Fire Chief Kevin Thomas said when his crews arrived, there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the first and second floors. They advanced two attack lines and within...
October 19, 2004 - 4:27pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
Most people probably have trouble catching their breath while on the treadmill, but imagine being hooked up to an oxygen tank.

Jim Mesaro says it’s no sweat. Mesaro has suffered a heart attack and has emphysema, but for the last two months, his workout has helped him breathe more than a sigh of relief. “I’m using my lungs better I think. I learned how to use what I got better,” says Mesaro.

And using what he’s got is what the Pulmonary Rehab Program is all about. Exercise...
October 19, 2004 - 4:15pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
With all the rainy weather over the last few days, roads have been slick—and today’s wet conditions caused another accident on Chandlersville Road in Zanesville.

Trooper Wesley Archer of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says the wet roads caused one lady to lose control of her car. “It was a Ford Mustang traveling eastbound on 146, it hit the curb, lost control and went off the side of the road and struck a culvert,” says Archer.

Betty Clark lives on this...
October 19, 2004 - 4:05pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
The two candidates running for Muskingum County Commissioner whose term will begin on January 2nd are new when it comes to politics. However, Brian Hill and Jerry Lavy say they're ready to give it a try.

Hill says if elected, he will bring honesty, integrity and service to the office. “I’m a family man, been in business, small business owner, farm operator and feed consultant. I’ve been involved with the Guernsey/Muskingum Electrical Office over 10 years,” says Hill.

October 19, 2004 - 1:50pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
To help kickoff Red Ribbon week, community leaders were joined by a very special guest today—Ohio’s first lady Hope Taft.

Taft has a passion for lifting up young people and is a strong supporter of alcohol and drug prevention.

She says, “Muskingum County has been recognized 3 out of the 4 years for their efforts in drug prevention during red ribbon week. I thought that it would be nice to come out and compliment them and see what they’re doing.”

Over 150 people...
October 19, 2004 - 11:11am
6 years 3 weeks ago
With only days left before the Salvation Army begins distributing ‘Coats for Kids,’ they are still in desperate need for donations.

Case Manager Nancy Landerman says that last year they had over 1,000 kids in need of a winter coat and she wouldn’t be shocked if they had even more this year. The problem is, they don’t have near enough coats to give away.

“We’re probably looking at at least five, six hundred coats that we still need between now and Saturday. The weather is...
October 19, 2004 - 10:55am
6 years 3 weeks ago
The Salvation Army isn’t just helping kids in need, they are also providing funding for those effected by flooding in surrounding counties and those who have family members returning from Iraq.

Major Leslie Walter says some of those hit by flooding don’t qualify for government funding to pay for what was lost…and the Compassion Funding will be a great help.

“We will help with pretty much anything that is needed as far as what has been lost in the flood, so we...
October 18, 2004 - 5:03pm
6 years 3 weeks ago
Prosecutors reached plea deals today with a Guernsey County couple who fled to Canada after being accused of raping a four-year-old handicapped girl.

Guernsey County Assistant Prosecutor Dan Padden says 39-year-old John Stoneman and Stoneman’s girlfriend, 40-year-old Patricia Kelley, each could be sentenced to life in prison on December 13th.

Stoneman pleaded guilty and Kelley pleaded no contest to rape charges involving a severely handicapped girl who is blind and...
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