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March 8, 2006 - 5:52pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Today the Zanesville Education Association filed an unfair labor practice charge, with the State Employee Relations Board, against the Zanesville Board of Education.

The charge states “that around January 9th of this year the parties mutually agreed to proceed to mediation… At the conclusion of the January 9th negotiating session, the Board of Education offered binding arbitration as an alternative option to the Association.”

The ZEA says this option had not been offered...
March 8, 2006 - 5:03pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
The Zanesville School Board says they have laid out their best offer, and now it’s up to the Zanesville Education Association to accept or reject.

Last night’s negotiating session was short and ended without an agreement.

Today, the Zanesville City School Board made their plan public.

School Treasurer Cindy Nye says a recent performance audit shows that increasing health care premiums for employees would reduce the district’s deficit by $265,000 a year....
March 8, 2006 - 12:58pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
It’s time again for the orange barrels to make an appearance on local roadways, and Ohio Department of Transportation officials made the announcement today on what projects are coming to the region.

The presentation outlined their construction preview for what is to come this spring for Muskingum and Surrounding counties.

Officials say the projects are aimed at making the roadways safer and easier to travel.

Cindy Brown with District 5; “In Licking County we...
March 7, 2006 - 10:14pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
Looks like things aren’t getting any better when it comes to contract negotiations for local teachers and the Zanesville School Board. The ZEA rejected the proposed contract tonight and, according to ZEA President Carol Corns, the teachers are prepared to strike on March 24.

ZEA members are still under a gag order tonight and were unable to comment; but they sat outside of the Administration Building and cheered when Corns exited.

The board proposed a 2 percent increase...
March 7, 2006 - 6:22pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
The Zanesville School Board and ZEA are meeting once again with a federal mediator to solve the ongoing contract dispute and avert a strike.

The meeting started at 4:00 this afternoon at the Zanesville Administration Building and will last until something is resolved. Last week’s meeting lasted until 1 am.

Teachers are outside the Administration building awaiting the results.

They’ve been working without a contract since last summer when their previous...
March 7, 2006 - 6:10pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
All the talk about bird flu in recent months leaves many wondering if a pandemic were to break out here, would we be ready?

The Muskingum County Board of Health and the District Advisory Council will meet tomorrow night to discuss just that.

Health Commissioner Corey Hamilton says it may not happen tomorrow, but a pandemic is something we should be prepared for.

“We can expect sometime this century there will be at least one pandemic of flu. In the last...
March 7, 2006 - 6:09pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
With over 1,500 people killed each year on Ohio highways, the state highway patrol is stepping up forces in an attempt to curb the number of deaths.

Sergeant Chuck Merryman was at the Zanesville Rotary meeting today where he let members know about the patrols plan to use new technology to gather and research crash data.

Merryman says the patrol’s plan would enable them to look at data and decide how to more efficiently use their manpower.

He says he hopes...
March 7, 2006 - 4:28pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
The Crooksville Police Department is investigating a bomb scare that happened at Crooksville High School this afternoon.

Crooksville Superintendent of schools, Steven Pompey says it happened when two students from another district entered the school and made comments to other students.

“The comments seemed to be possibly threatening, so we evacuated the building and did searches of the classrooms of the building, and had them bring in the canine dogs to check for bombs...
March 7, 2006 - 12:55pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
A new big business is now calling Muskingum County home and offering more job opportunities for people in and around the area.

The Port Authority announced today that Belgium based company EMCO USA is coming to the Y-City; a company specializing in aerospace, glass engineering and glass processing.

Company representatives see Southeastern Ohio as a great place to make their new home and local Port Authority members agree.

Director of the Port Authority, Jerry...
March 6, 2006 - 8:36pm
7 years 11 weeks ago
It isn’t often that someone celebrates 75 years of service with a military organization, but former military member, 96-year old Howard Kreager is doing just that.

Tonight his family, friends and fellow order members gathered at the Muskingum County Home to commemorate his 75th anniversary with the Order of Odd Fellows.

Those present tonight say this is quite an honor.

“75 years in a fraternal organization is a milestone,” says Kreager’s nephew, Dick Hoskinson...
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