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March 16, 2005 - 7:33am
6 years 17 weeks ago
If you hear a tornado siren today don’t get excited, it’s just a test.

Today Counties across the state and here in southeastern Ohio will conduct a tornado drill.

The event will include the sounding of warning sirens and a test message from the emergency alert system.

The test will happen at 9:50 a.m. Governor Bob Taft has designated March 13th through the 19th as severe weather awareness week.
March 16, 2005 - 6:19am
6 years 17 weeks ago
The New Lexington Police Department is investigating a double fatal shooting overnight.

It happened just before 11:00 Tuesday night.

The New Lexington Police Department says two males are dead and one female is seriously injured.

The female was med-flighted to Ohio State University Medical Center where we’re told her condition is improving.

Initial reports indicate the fatal shooting incident was the result of some type of domestic incident.
March 15, 2005 - 5:49pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Gas prices are on the rise again and many motorists are not dealing very well with the sticker shock.

Drivers are now paying close to $2.15 a gallon to fill up their tanks. Some say it looks like there’s no end in sight.

“It’s going to keep going right on up as long as we’ll pay for it,” says Jack McWilliams.

The way things are right now with the economy and with the war and everything it’s just a really big blow to Americans to have the rates as high as they...
March 15, 2005 - 5:40pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The steroid scandal continues as Congress is investigating whether Major League Baseball players are using the performance enhancing drugs.

Dr. Jim Chlovechok, author of Game Face, is an expert in sports medicine and says it’s alarming how early people are abusing steroids.

“We’re seeing 7.3 % according to the CDC of 9th grade girls have at least tried an anabolic steroid once. This is a male hormone in 9th grade girls,” says Chlovechok.

He says it’s amazing...
March 15, 2005 - 5:33pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The fight to stop prostitution in the downtown Zanesville area is once again causing officials to take action.

Downtown Association Manager, Dana Matz says the cameras that were placed around the city are working and there’s talk they could buy more.

“Cameras so far have been efficient. We’ll see how the budget goes for the year, may possibly install a couple more cameras. It prevents the overall crime in the downtown area so it’s good for everyone,” says Matz.

March 15, 2005 - 5:24pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation is hard at work again fixing up our local roadways.

But this time they are preparing for some new projects that will rehabilitate the bridges on I-70 through Zanesville.

Cindy Brown, spokeswoman for ODOT says even though the project is not until 2007, it’s important to start now.

“We’ve had crews out the past couple of days testing the actual pavement to see how bad the pavement is underneath the roadway and from those...
March 14, 2005 - 11:07pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
As we mentioned last week, balancing job and family life can be stressful and exhausting.

So, how can you find a way to enjoy and spend equal time doing both without wearing yourself out?

In this week's segment of Connecting With Kids, I find out some of the best ways to stay focused on family, but still get "the job" done.

Click on video view for more!
March 14, 2005 - 9:31pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Budget cuts were also seen in the Zanesville fire department making it difficult to buy new equipment.

Thanks to city council tonight, the assistance to firefighters grant was passed. Fire Chief Dave Lacy says it was crucial that they receive it.

“This particular grant is safety equipment almost half of it is going to go for diesel exhaust systems its been determined that there are carcinogens in that exhaust and with the addition of the filtering units on the vehicle,”...
March 14, 2005 - 5:58pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
As we reported last night, Sheriff’s offices around the state are concerned about proposed budget cuts to the law enforcement agencies. And the problem is certainly evident in Muskingum County.

Sheriff Bob Stephenson says he along with other Sheriff’s from around the state are going to Columbus on Wednesday to voice their opinions to our state representatives, hoping to modify the existing legislature.

“It could be devastating and especially with other cuts its been...
March 14, 2005 - 5:50pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority once again is not receiving funding from the city or county.

The 120,000 dollars from each would be useful, says Executive Director Larry Merry. But they knew with the tight budgets there was a chance they would get cut. He does not think the cut has anything to do with sexual harrassment allegations that were made against him in the past.

“The county’s budget is really tight, I think the city’s budget and all government...
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