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July 19, 2005 - 12:09pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
State Health officials say they are unsure why the number of West Nile cases has dramatically decreased in the past two years and local officials only have some speculations.

In 2002, the virus killed 31 people out of 400 reported cases, and last year, two people died out of juts 12 reported cases.

Director of Environmental Health in Muskingum County, Mike Kirsch, says the numbers have declined greatly in our area as well, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be gone any time soon...
July 19, 2005 - 12:01pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The latest classroom technology is making its way to Zanesville; it’s called the Smart Board and local teachers are putting it to the test.

St. Thomas Elementary is placing eight new chalkboards in classrooms for the upcoming year, but these aren’t just any boards. They are interactive whiteboards designed to keep up with the computer savvy kids of today.

5th grade teacher Bonnie Sulens says she was impressed right away with the Smart Board. “I went to a workshop where...
July 19, 2005 - 9:27am
6 years 46 weeks ago
Teen sex is an issue nationally, as well as locally, and one group is dedicating themselves to curbing the issue.

In Part One of this local series, I take a look at the problem of teen sex in Muskingum County.

Be sure to tune in for Part Two, it will air at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19.

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July 18, 2005 - 4:21pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Motorists traveling on Interstate 70 experienced quite a backup as parts were shut down because of a 10 car pile up this afternoon.

Witnesses say the brief period of rain definitely played a factor in the multiple crashes.

Matt Applegate is from Pittsburgh on his way to Columbus. He describes what happened after the sudden downpour.

“Next thing I know the car in front of me brakes so I start hitting mine, but my wheels immediately lock up and I slid about 100...
July 18, 2005 - 3:34pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The Licking County Crime Stoppers organization is offering a big reward in connection with a triple homicide.

Crime Stoppers is offering $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person responsible for the Newark murders.

It happened May 16th around 11:30 p.m. at 416 East Main Street.

The suspect or suspects entered the house and shot 21-year-old Misty Butts, 22-year-old James Nelms and 48-year-old John Boyce.

If you...
July 18, 2005 - 3:28pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Starting tomorrow, the Muskingum County Utilities Director will have some new responsibilities.

Jeff Pickrell, the current head of the sewage department is now heading up the water department.

Today, the water department met with the county commissioners to discuss the change. According to commissioner Brian Hill, this change will make getting projects completed a little easier. “Jeff will be the main go-to-man over county water and county sewer, which makes sense to...
July 18, 2005 - 3:11pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The rain and heat is all that’s left of Hurricane Dennis, but there’s a new storm in town and her name is Emily. Emily has already affected hundreds of people in the Caribbean and in Texas and many local volunteer are ready to help.

According to the director of preparedness for the Muskingum Valley Red Cross, Julie Davis, local volunteers are ready to help. “The national Red Cross is looking for some of our volunteers, Red Cross volunteers, to be heading down towards Texas to be...
July 18, 2005 - 3:00pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
A hit and run accident at the Maple Avenue BP, left a car flipped over and a lot of questions.

One of those who witnessed today’s accident was Jeri Hines; she says that the driver was obviously irresponsible. “I was coming down Maple Avenue, South Bound, on my lunch hour and heard a loud bang and realized a van had hit the sign. The car behind me created the accident by pulling out in front of the van and several citizens have tried to identify the vehicle. Hopefully they will be...
July 18, 2005 - 11:53am
6 years 46 weeks ago
The latest Harry Potter book has already broken sales records. JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” sold 6.9 million copies in its first 24 hours. So, how did local bookstores fare during its release?

Officials with Waldenbooks in the Colony Square Mall say there was a wait list for the much-anticipated book for almost a year. It’s the 6th volume in a series of seven.

Manager Steve Matson says their home office sent equipment and activity ideas for the...
July 17, 2005 - 9:46pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Keeping a close family bond is very important for the relatives of those who settled right here in Muskingum county nearly 200 years ago.

Members of the Lett family came from all over the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico to spend their weekend in Zanesville.

The reunion brought in close to 300 relatives to share history, memories and fun.

The oldest local relative Charles Lett remembers his first reunion.

"The first one I went to I was five...
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