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September 17, 2004 - 10:37am
6 years 18 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 18 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 18 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...
September 16, 2004 - 4:07pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency is up and running and getting ready for another round of heavy rain.

Many people are still cleaning up from the last hurricane related downpour. Tonight EMA officials are reminding residents how important the clean up process is.

It should be done very quickly due to sewage, chemicals and bacteria that are dangerous to your health.

Officials say take pictures, and document all damages, save receipts...
September 16, 2004 - 11:12am
6 years 18 weeks ago
Everyone seems to be preparing for more severe weather as Ivan slowly battles its way through the south and to our area.

Officials with Dillon Dam say they area ready for whatever Ivan brings our way.

Dillon Dam Project Manager Clifton Kilpatrick says, “We’re anticipating when the rains comes in that because McConnelsville is filled high now that as soon as the rain comes we’re going to go down to minimum flow.”

Although Ivan is here yet, Kilpatrick says they...
September 16, 2004 - 10:34am
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Longaberger Company today announced more layoffs, and this time it is affecting 215 salaried and administrative employees, most of those jobs at the home office in Newark.

Last week the company laid off 784 manufacturing workers, bringing the total amount of layoffs up to 999.

Longaberger President Dave DeFeo says “we are deeply committed to direct selling and a focus on products and programs that support our customers and sales field and this restructuring boosts our...
September 15, 2004 - 4:44pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority is tightening its belt on spending.

County Commissioners already pulled their annual contribution of $120,000 in July after a settlement was made in the Executive Director Larry Merry sexual harassment case. Two of the organizations female employees and their lawyers received $120,000 in that settlement.
Zanesville Mayor Jack Fenton says he does not intend to ask City Council to reinstate the Port’s funding either, but no...
September 15, 2004 - 2:52pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Zanesville Kiwanis Club is once again holding it’s major fundraiser of the year. The annual peanut sale is set for this weekend.

The five locations chosen to sell the peanuts include both Wal-Marts, both Pick N Save’s and Kroger’s. And this fundraiser is all about helping kids.

Joe Lemon, Peanut chairman, says, “It’s put directly into area youth programs such as the Christmas party for disadvantaged kids we have each December, special riders a program at the Carr...
September 15, 2004 - 12:20pm
6 years 18 weeks ago
Residents of the southern portion of the country may be evacuating due to another hurricane blast, this time from Ivan. Locally, people in Morgan County are being warned; they too could face a possible evacuation this weekend if Ivan is as damaging as Frances was.

The county is prepared though, today they ordered 500 sandbags in case the river begins to overflow.

Public Information Officer for the Morgan County Emergency Management Association Keith Spare says, “Right...
September 15, 2004 - 10:57am
6 years 18 weeks ago
The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency is warning area residents to be prepared for possible flooding this weekend.

Morgan County E-M-A Director Terry Robison says it the area is hit with heavy rains from the remnants of hurricane Ivan flooding could happen quicker due to saturated grounds.

Robison says the Muskingum River is at 7 feet today as opposed to 3 feet last week.

Residents should be ready to evacuate flood prone areas quickly.

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