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February 3, 2006 - 5:48pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Community Foundation is having its Groundhog Day celebration right now, but it’s more about charity than Punxsutawney Phil.

The event draws about 400 people who come out for the food and silent auction. The donated items were worth up to $14,000.

The proceeds from the auction will benefit many local charities. There will also be two awards presented. The Brian Wagner Community Leadership Award and the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award...
February 3, 2006 - 5:42pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
One of Muskingum County’s biggest employers is getting ready to celebrate ten years of cusses.

The Auto Zone Distribution Center on Sonora Road has come along way. Now they’re celebrating a decade of service.

The distribution center’s General Manager, Dave Ronk, said efficiency and hard work have allowed the center to grow.

“This building was supposed to service around 500 stores and currently we’re servicing around 781,” Ronk said.

February 3, 2006 - 5:37pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
It’s official. When Zanesville residents head to the polls on May 2nd, they will be voting on a 6.9 mill levy for the Zanesville City School District.

That was the unanimous decision of the School Board at a special meeting held today.

It was the second special meeting regarding the millage. At the first meeting, members discussed how to raise more funds and took a look at the district’s five-year financial forecast. School Board President Tom Vandegriff...
February 3, 2006 - 1:13pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
Black Run Church Of God officials in Nashport has been working hard finishing an addition to their church that has taken six years to complete.

Pastor Danny Workman says with the members of the church in such high spirits, it made this long wait seem short.

Pastor Workman says when he arrived all the church had was a roof and a frame, but with the help of the people they got the building finished.

The newly completed educational wing will provide not only the...
February 3, 2006 - 1:05pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
The South Zanesville Fire Department is holding two very special events in the coming weeks to benefit the community.

The first is a volunteer-sponsored blood drive. Fire Fighters say with constant shortages, blood is always needed.

Because of this constant need, Russell Taylor says the Department wants to help the Red Cross give the gift of life to people in the area.

Those who give blood will then get a discount on the next event, $25.00 off the entry fee for...
February 2, 2006 - 7:26pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Commissioners have been working to put together a project near Dillon State Park, where there is a water line that serves the park, but not the residents in the area.

The Commissioners have signed an agreement with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources that would grant $170,000 for the construction of the project. They are now preparing to advertise for the project.

“The plans are being finalized by the engineer, they will go to the...
February 2, 2006 - 7:22pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
After a rough year in 2005, the Muskingum County Commissioners have passed this year’s budget. The final number came to about $29.5 million.

Most departments got a 3 percent increase - not as much as they had asked for, but Commissioner Brian Hill said it will help cover the rising cost of operation.

“A lot of departments have helped by saving money and becoming a lot more efficient. They skimped and tried to get by so they had some dollars to return in the...
February 2, 2006 - 7:18pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
A $300,000 grant will help improve Guernsey County economically and physically. It’s part of a $5.2 million project that will develop 7 acres of land. Right now it’s just dirt and rock, but within the next 18 months, it will be part of Fed Ex Ground Package, Inc.

The expansion will bring the equivalent of 40 full-time jobs to the county. As part of the Community Development Program, the jobs must meet certain criteria.

“They will be looking for low to...
February 2, 2006 - 12:43pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
With two heavily traveled roads closed, drivers have been forced to find alternative ways around, and some residents are even experiencing problems with water.

Today and Friday West Main Street’s westbound lane at the intersection with State Street, and State Street’s northbound lane at the intersection with West Main is closed because of a water main break.

The city of Zanesville is hoping the repairs will fix any future problems in that area.

Michael Sims,...
February 2, 2006 - 12:41pm
7 years 6 weeks ago
We all love to receive packages, and area students are making sure soldiers feel that love as well.

Ohio University Zanesville students are putting together care packages for soldiers overseas.

Students like Katie Sharkey say it was not hard to want to do this project.

Katie says, “We are inspired because we have a lot of friends and family members that we know overseas and we are just trying to help them out a little bit.”

The soldiers are running...
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