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January 7, 2004 - 6:17am
5 years 41 weeks ago
Governor Bob Taft has signed a bill that will provide discounts of up to 40 percent on prescription drugs for poor or elderly Ohioans.

The bill creates Ohio’s best R-X program, which could provide discounts to as many as one-point-seven million Ohioans.
January 6, 2004 - 6:10pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
The New Year brings new changes to MATC.

Dr. Paul Brown who was recently named the new president of the college has officially taken over the job.

Brown is very enthusiastic about the new role and the potential of the college.

The New President has spent a lot of time preparing for the job and learning about the Zanesville area.

Brown previously worked for Owens Community College in northwest Ohio.
January 6, 2004 - 4:47pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
Residents whose water supply has been flooded are being advised not to drink the well water.

The Zanesville- Muskingum County Health Department is recommending that homeowners who use private water wells to not use the water.

Environmental Health Director Mike Hirsch says the Health Department is coming out to homes for a $25 fee to test the water to see if it is contaminated.

Results from water testing takes about a week.

Hirsch says to call the...
January 6, 2004 - 4:46pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
Crews worked through the night preventing more water from flooding areas by the Muskingum River in Zanesville.

The Muskingum County EMA along with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and local fire and law agencies teamed up to help sandbag the bank near Canal Street.

Abut 500- 600 sandbags were placed along the Muskingum River to prevent more flooding including areas like Canal Street.

Mark West, Park Manager of Muskingum County Parkway and Blue Rock...
January 6, 2004 - 4:45pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
Despite all the flooding in the area, the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency says the amount of damage done to the area as a whole is minimal unless you live in the line of fire near a river.

Jennifer Hiestand, the public information officer says there is no need to declare a disaster, but if you are a homeowner and have been affected by the flooding to contact the EMA at 740-453-1655.
January 6, 2004 - 4:27pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
Dillon Dam officials today announced that they have started releasing water being held in Dillon Lake.

Resource Manager Clifton Kilpatrick says at 2:00 this afternoon officials started to slowly release water being held in the flood control lake.

Kilpatrick says the release is about 1 foot of water per hour and must be done because Dillon Lake is almost at capacity and room must be made in the event of another weather system.

Kilpatrick says it takes about...
January 6, 2004 - 6:09am
5 years 41 weeks ago
Emergency Management officials in Muskingum County say that flooding in Muskingum county remains isolated.

No injuries have been reported and shelters are not open.

According to officials the Muskingum County River crested around 9:00 Monday morning. But even with the declining waters, several roads remains closed.

The E-M-A says voluntary evacuations were made at homes on Riverside Airport Road, Pioneer Drive, and in the Duncan Falls and Frazeysburg areas...
January 6, 2004 - 6:03am
5 years 41 weeks ago
If your water well has flooded, the Muskingum County Health Department has a few safety tips.

Officials say do not use the water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food.

The health department advises the water not be used until the water well is disinfected and the water tests safe.

You should only drink bottled water or boiled water until your supply is tested and found safe.

Bringing water to a rolling boil for five minutes will...
January 5, 2004 - 10:37pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
A portion of Interstate-70 was closed Monday afternoon and last night due to flooding concerns. The closings occured in the eastbound lanes of I-70 near the Buckeye Lake exit.

Lt. Gary Allen with the Granville State Highway Patrol says O-Dot decided to close the portion at around 4:00 p.m. between State Route 37 and State Route 79.

The decision comes as temperatures were expected to reach well below the freezing mark Monday into Tuesday…allowing for the still water on...
January 5, 2004 - 8:26pm
5 years 41 weeks ago
Heavy rain, falling over the weekend, has many area creeks, streams, and rivers continuing to exceed their banks.

A link to the latest river stages and ODOT road closures can be found at the bottom of our weather page.

With the rain ending Monday morning, reports of 3-5 inches of rain have been recorded across much of SE Ohio since the weekend began.

On Sunday alone, the equivalent of the entire month of January's average precipitation fell (2.19"). Sat/Sun saw...
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