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September 17, 2004 - 5:40pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Department says all State Routes in the county are open to traffic, but that is not the case with secondary roads.

Deputies say the heavy rains have flooded some roads and forced them to be shut down. Here’s the list: Chandlersville at State Route 313, Elk Run Road, Back Run Road, Wolf Run Road, Cutler Lake Road, Sugar Grove Road, Buttermilk Road, Lambert Road, Cannellville Road, Millers Lane, Bagley road, Mcglade School Road and Salt Creek Road....
September 17, 2004 - 4:47pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Another hurricane and another round of flooding for our area. Morgan County is under a flood warning and today’s high water caused all schools to shut down early this afternoon.

The Morgan County EMA says the Muskingum River could rise five feet by midnight. “They’re expecting the Muskingum River to crest at 12 or 13 feet and the flood stage is 11 feet,” says Keith Spare of the Morgan County EMA.

The EMA warns people to use common sense and warns against driving through...
September 17, 2004 - 4:36pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
If you went to either of the Zanesville Wal-Marts today, you may have seen the Kiwanis Club selling peanuts. The organization is selling peanuts today and tomorrow in an effort to raise money for underprivileged children in our area. “We support four key clubs from Zanesville, Rosecrans and West Muskingum High School. We also support our international organization which is iodine deficiency,” says Kiwanis member Michele Young. Young says today’s rainy weather may have hurt today’s sales, but...
September 17, 2004 - 4:31pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Today is the one-year anniversary since the death of Bradley Barnett and today his killer is brought to justice. Twenty-two year old Derek Norris of Zanesville is responsible for shooting Barnett after robbing him during a drug deal on Thurman Street.

Today Norris plead guilty in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court. Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox says, “Norris plead guilty to one count murder, gun specification with a firearm, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence...
September 17, 2004 - 2:58pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The heavy rains are also causing some power outages in our area today. American Electric Power says 119 customers were without service in Morgan County.

The power company says a tree fell and tore down some power lines.

But, crews are having a hard time getting to the scene because it’s flooded.

Most of the customers without service are in the village of McConnelsville including the Emergency Management Agency Office. Power has since been restored.
September 17, 2004 - 2:38pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Transportation says part of Interstate 70 in Guernsey County is now back open in both lanes.

District 5 Spokeswoman Cindy Brown says as of 1:45 p.m. one lane of eastbound I-70 was restricted between I-77 and State Route 285 in Guernsey County due to high water. At arund 3:00 both lanes reopened.

Traffic is still moving very slowly in this area.

Motorist should expect delays.
September 17, 2004 - 2:23pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Morgan County Commissioners today declared a State of Emergency in the county due to all the rain and flooding.

Morgan County Emergency Management Agency Public Information Officer Keith Spare says over half of McConnelsville is without power this afternoon after a transformer malfunctioned.

No word on when the power will be restored. Spare also announces that roads that were closed earlier today have now become passable.

The County says...
September 17, 2004 - 10:37am
6 years 7 weeks ago
It looks like the rain plans on sticking around, at least for now and local officials say they are ready.

This morning many of them were told how to handle another possible flooding situation during a county-wide meeting.

Throughout the day today, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials as well as Ohio E-M-A officials went around to visit areas that are prone to flooding.

Officials are asking people to be watchful of the weather. If you plan on going out...
September 16, 2004 - 10:40pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The State Fire Marshall’s Office says Thursday night a fire that killed ten people in an apartment complex near Columbus was the work of an arsonist.

Fire officials had said early that the blaze appeared to be suspicious.

Investigators say Thursday that the fire started in the stairwell of the building at the Lincoln Park West Apartment Complex.

The early Sunday morning fire forces some residents to jump from third-story windows and left more than 50 people...
September 16, 2004 - 5:11pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Genesis Healthcare Foundation today announced this year’s recipient of the Genesis Community Service Award.

It’s Whiz Vice President of Agency Sales and Quality Control Van Vannelli.

The award recognizes an outstanding person in our area who has significantly contributed to the community and exemplified the Genesis values of compassion, trust, innovation and excellence.

Vannelli has been part of the community for 36 years and began volunteering in 1968 as a...
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