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March 25, 2004 - 4:33pm
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The high cost of medical care is making some Muskingum County officials sick. The county is paying too much in medical cost for inmates in the county jail. Sheriff Bob Stephenson informed the County Commissioners today of the problem and came up with a possible solution.

This year the county anticipates spending close to $360,000 on medical costs in the jail alone. Currently, there are too many inmates requiring medical attention and the costs to treat them are becoming overwhelming...
March 25, 2004 - 2:15pm
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It’s a big weekend for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Zanesville. The organization will be hosting its annual Bowl For Kids Sake.

This event is the largest fundraiser and a way for Big Brothers and Big Sisters to recruit more members. According to Mollie Crooks, Executive Director of the Organization, kids have a positive affect when they have role models.

Tim Callahan, Coordinator for the Bowl for Kids Sake says that the program has been a tremendous success for...
March 25, 2004 - 1:58pm
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Today in Judge Mark Fleegle’s Courtroom local members of the business community stopped by to give young probationers tips on getting back into the working world.

The speakers were Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle and Judge Howard Zwelling. From the business community were Hank Littick, President of WHIZ Media Group and Ron Bucci Manager of General Graphics and Buckeye Stoneware.

Fleegle says that this program provides the former inmates with valuable information
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March 25, 2004 - 7:05am
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Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has told county elections officials they have until Tuesday to select new voting machines or he will do it for them.

His ultimatum raised the ire of some state lawmakers who threatened to block the move.

State legislators have been holding hearings on the security of electronic voting.

Blackwell has asked the state controlling board to approve the purchase of more than 122-million dollars in voting equipment at its April...
March 25, 2004 - 6:38am
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The Super Lotto jackpot is starting to grow again.

19,000,000 dollars is up for grabs for Satruday’s Ohio Super Lotto jackpot.

There were no tickets with the winning combination in last night’s 18,000,000 dollar drawing.

There also was no winner of the 100,000 dollar top prize in the Kicker game.
March 25, 2004 - 6:14am
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Congressman Bob Ney announced some good news for Muskingum, Licking and Coshocton Counties.

He says the six-year Highway Authorization Bill includes 3,000,000 dollars to upgrade State Route 16 from two to four lanes.

Ney says transporation funding is critical to local communities for a number of reasons including safety and economic growth.

Ney says the funding will go a long way toward reducing congestion, improving safety and increasing economic...
March 24, 2004 - 11:32pm
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The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to head an appeal from imprisoned former Fairfield County Sheriff Gary Demastry on corruption charges.

The court, without comment, let stand a ruling by the Fifth Ohio District Court of Appeals that the trial judge did not err in the case. Demastry’s lawyers said visiting Judge Richard Marcus made numerous errors during the trial, admitted improper evidence and improperly sentenced the former sheriff.

A Fairfield County Common Pleas...
March 24, 2004 - 6:17pm
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If you heard a tornado siren this morning, you were not alone.

All across the state local emergency management agencies tested sirens for the upcoming severe weather season.

In Muskingum County the sheriff’s office reports that two of the warning sirens did not work.

One is located at the Harrison Township Fire Department and the other is located at the Potts Lane Water Tank.

Sheriff’s officials say the warning sirens will be repaired.

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March 24, 2004 - 5:34pm
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A major power outage has hit the Crooksville and New Lexington areas.

American Electric Power says a power pole fire happened near Crooksville this afternoon.

A-E-P says around 875 customers are without service as a result of the fire.

The power pole will need to be replaced.

Officials say it will probably take until 11:00 tonight for power service to be restored.
March 24, 2004 - 5:22pm
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A new advance in medicine now allows surgeons to make a smaller incision with less pain for bypass heart surgeries.

The procedure known as endoscopic vein harvesting is only being performed in a few places in our area…Genesis being one of them.

Greg Keagy, a cardiothoracic surgeon says, “there’s been a new process endoscopic vein harvesting where you make a small incision in the knee and through a scope or a camera take the vein out so instead of a big foot and a half long...
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