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June 4, 2004 - 3:24pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
A local resident is leaving a legacy for Muskingum County . Sarah Slack, better known as Sally, died last month at the age of 87. She was a retired school teacher and in the last years of her life, suffered from Macular Degeneration, a diease causing blindness.

In her will, she left the Muskingum County Community Foundation a generous gift between $700,00 to 900,000 to fund research for the leading causes of blindness.

People that knew Sally say she was a very giving...
June 4, 2004 - 3:20pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Marvin Johnson aggravated murder and rape case in Cambridge is finally over.

Guernsey County Prosecutor Keith Plummer says Judge David Ellwood sentenced Johnson today to the death penalty.

Johnson was convicted last month of killing 13-year-old Daniel Bailey of Cambridge.

Johnson was also convicted of kidnapping, rape and aggravated robbery. He faces 10 years on each of those charges to be served consecutively.

You may recall a Zanesville...
June 4, 2004 - 1:33pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Seventy-one years of tradition may soon come to an end, if a bill allowing alcohol sales on Sunday gets voted into law.

Not since Prohibition has a bottle of liquor been legally sold on a Sunday. That all changed when Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington made State history by becoming the first store in Ohio to have carryout liquor sales on a Sunday. Now some lawmakers and consumers are trying to make it a legal reality.

A new bill would allow liquor stores to sell...
June 4, 2004 - 8:25am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Two recently dedicated Washington area memorials started, as ideas from Ohioans show why some memorial ideas succeed and other don’t.

One is a 175 million dollar World War II monument on the National Mall proposed by a Toledo-area veteran.

The other is a 35-hundred dollar red granite block at Arlington National Cemetery. High School students came up with the idea to honor U.S. soldiers killed in non-combat situations.

Although both ideas took more than a decade...
June 4, 2004 - 7:50am
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Executive Director of a youth mentoring program in Newark is named in a 29- count Grand Jury indictment accusing him of having sex with a boy over a seven-year-period.

If convicted of rape, 65-year-old James Russell faces a mandatory life sentence, since the alleged rapes began when the boy was 12.

Russell has been suspended as head of the Big Brothers Organization in Newark.

The indictment returned by a Licking County Grand Jury yesterday includes four...
June 4, 2004 - 7:28am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Ohio’s strawberry crop will turn to jelly if it’s not picked soon.

The crop has ripened about ten days ahead of schedule. The first wave of fruit needs to be pulled within the next few days.

Kate Miles of Rosby’s Farms in Brooklyn Heights says it’s almost a despite situation.

Ohio’s strawberry season typically after June tenth and extends through July fourth. But recent warm weather has caused what some are calling one of the earliest harvests in memory....
June 3, 2004 - 6:51pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Harold Newell was recently denied the right to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon from the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, stating Harold had a felony conviction from 1966, a crime he committed when he was 18. He and some friends stole 5 cases of beer from a small business.

He has spent over 20 years in the Marine Corp., and became a VIP Arms Specialist. He received his federal firearms license to buy and sell firearms, which he did for 9 years. It wasn’t until 1988, he...
June 3, 2004 - 6:23pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Big weekend is almost here. Organizers for the Gus Macker are gearing up and ready to go.

Downtown Association Manager Dana Matz says trophies are arriving and courts are being prepared for the biggest tournament of the year, with over 800 teams and 3200 players.

Registration will begin tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 in front of the Courthouse. Players need to bring a copy of their birth certificate and a waiver, available at the registration site.

This is the...
June 3, 2004 - 2:31pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
We have some new development to tell you about today. At today’s County Commissioners meeting a member of the Crimson King Farms, Jon McCarty says they have purchased the land on Old Stage Road for development. It would result in 16 to 17 news homes.

The homes are expected to cost between $185,000 to $220,000 and will be three to four bedrooms.

McCarty says the improving economy has made this area very profitable for them.

HE says there has been quite a bit of...
June 3, 2004 - 2:27pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Muskingum County Commissioners today hear about ways to improve some area roads.

Bids were being taken this morning for a seal-coating project.

County Engineer Loren Camp was also there to review the bids and says it’s necessary to help improve the roads and control dust.

“It’s a road building process that we go through to them hard surfaced build them up and build some road base,” said Camp.

Two bids were submitted. The Shelly Company for near $119,...
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