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November 29, 2004 - 1:57pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Attention newly registered voters: Did you know that when you signed up to vote, you also added yourself to the list for jury duty?

Every new voter is eligible for jury duty, a civic chore performed only by registered voters in Ohio.

Executive Director of the Muskingum County Board of Elections Martha Thomas says with the increased number of voters this year, many may not know what they were signing up for.

Thomas says, “The common pleas court once a year sends...
November 29, 2004 - 11:40am
6 years 35 weeks ago
We all know Thanksgiving weekend was the busiest travel weekend all year…I found out just how many car crashes happened during Muskingum County’s busiest weekend.

I talked with Sergeant Clark Felix of the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol about how many crashes occurred over the last few days.

He says the numbers were quite high here in Muskingum County, though they were comparable to last year.

The surprising fact is that Felix credits the main cause...
November 28, 2004 - 5:16pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Described as a friendly and happy couple from co-workers, Garry and Karen Smith were murdered in their home in March of 2001. Now 3 years and 8 months after their bodies were discovered, the Muskingum County Detectives Bureau reports the case is still open.

Detective Steve Welker says the lack of conclusive evidence about the shootings at the Smiths’ home on Three Towers Road leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Investigators are stumped for a number of...
November 28, 2004 - 2:46pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
An early morning fire on Osage Road leaves one Zanesville family homeless.

The blaze, which started around 10 p.m. last night, apparently started in an upstairs office and quickly spread throughout the rest of the home. Everyone inside the Shepherd’s home got out safely, except Mrs. Shepherd, who was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Muskingum Valley Red Cross Executive Director Dan Hartman received the phone call late last night. “The fire department called and...
November 28, 2004 - 2:38pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
One local church is celebrating the start of advent by sprucing up its sanctuary.

Members of Grace United Methodist church in Zanesville have been busy decorating for the “Miracle on Main Street” Christmas celebration this Wednesday.

This is the fifth year the church has participated in the festivities. “We decided to do this as part of a celebration because we noticed that there weren’t any churches on this walk,” says member Dee Gillespie.

The church will...
November 27, 2004 - 6:26pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Authorities with the Newark Police Department are investigating a stabbing incident that killed a man overnight.

According to Detective Sergeant Scott Snow, with the Newark Police Department, officers were dispatched to State Route 79 northbound in the area of the Grant Street on-ramp at 12:52 a.m. in reference to a disturbance in the roadway.

Upon arrival officers found 18-year-old James Price, also known as James DeGuido of Sunbury Ohio laying in the roadway. Newark...
November 27, 2004 - 5:54pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
President Bo Keck of the Washington Fire Department says he’s thankful he still has three firefighters alive after Friday night’s mishap on Coal Run Road, as one of their fire engines flipped and landed on its top into a creek.

Firefighters Dave Buchanan, Adam Drake, and Mike Seileit were on their way to a tire fire in the woods when their truck flipped on the curvy and narrow road. Keck says he hasn’t seen anything like this during his 30 years in the department.

November 27, 2004 - 10:15am
6 years 35 weeks ago
The holiday season has officially begun and for many that means getting your home all decked out for Christmas.

One local business in Zanesville has some ideas of how to decorate cheap, but chic.
“A lot of people want to match their home décor with their decorations, so we have a lot of that. As far as outside goes, we have a lot of people getting fancy with different kinds of pine,” says Timber Run Gardens manager Angel Mack.

Decorators at Timber Run say even the...
November 26, 2004 - 11:43pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
It was a night to brighten the lives of area residents who have loved ones in hospice.

The 19th annual Tree Of Love lighting was tonight at 6 o'clock in Zanesville at Genesis Bethesda Hospital.

The public was invited to attend the event which was set to raise money for the Genesis Hospice and Pallative Care, and Genesis Cancer Services.

Co-Chair of the lighting event, Linda Beader, says they have raised 23-thousand dollars so far this year.

November 26, 2004 - 8:03pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
It's been a rough night for one local volunteer fire department as three of their volunteer members were sent to the hospital tonight after one of their engines overturned en route to a tire fire on Coal Run Road.

The fire started in a stack of tires earlier this evening, then spread to a wooded area off of Old Adamsville Road.

When the call came in, Washington Township sent their engines out immediately to the scene, however the second one overturned before it arrived....
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