Local News

February 16, 2003 - 10:05pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Harrison, Roseville, Newton, and Crooksville fire departments were dispatched to a fire at 5490 Stovertown Road yesterday. When firefighters arrived a thick cloud of smoke was coming from the rear of the house, which hampered a lot of their efforts, as a result most of the home’s interior sustained moderate fire damage. It took firefighters around 45-minutes to put out the fire and fortunately, no one was home. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
February 16, 2003 - 3:46pm
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The weather is going from bad to worse in southeastern Ohio. At 3:00 p.m. Muskingum county sheriff Bob Stephenson says a level 3 snow emergency will be in effect. That means that all roads are closed in Muskingum County to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Travelers on roads may subject themselves to arrest.
February 14, 2003 - 7:17pm
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The Director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management is taking a lot of heat these days when it comes to deficits, but New Concord native Tom Johnson says it comes with the job. It grew from an estimated 80-million in December to around 720-million in January. Johnson says Ohio isn’t the only state with budget problems and to help control the problem over one- billion dollars worth of cuts have been made in the past couple of years. Another possible solution to help with the deficit is to...
February 14, 2003 - 6:56pm
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During severe winter weather: slow down your speeds. This may seem obvious, but cleared roads can actually be sheets of ice to unsuspecting drivers. Make sure you have supplies in your vehicles at all times. These supplies include a cell phone, a blanket, non-perishable food and bottled water, a flashlight and batteries. Have materials on hand for traction if the road is covered with ice. These materials can be sand or even cat litter. Before you leave for a long trip make sure you have...
February 14, 2003 - 6:46pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Driving is such a staple in our society...and by now we've all seen the high gas prices at the pumps. With this in mind, here are some tips on how to conserve the costly gas that you pay an arm and a leg for. Bill Porter, Manager of the Zanesville and Cambridge AAA offices, suggests one-stop shopping, using the proper grade of gasoline for your car, and making sure your vehicle is maintained. Porter also suggests carpooling and monitoring your speed. He says traveling in the city eats up...
February 14, 2003 - 1:26pm
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The Whiz Media Group is proud to announce that its new chief Meteorologist Wesley Sass will be on the air tonight at 6 p.m. to keep southeastern Ohio viewers informed about the big snow and ice storm heading our way. He will also provide updated forecasts on Z-102 and A-M 1240 radio throughout the day. Sass comes to the Whiz news team from Dubuque, Iowa. Sass started in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at KGAN as weekend meteorologist in September of 2002. He then moved to KFXB in Dubuque, Iowa as chief...
February 14, 2003 - 12:56am
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A Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, jury is deliberating what prosecutors say is an Ohio man's role in the slaying of a 12-year-old girl more than two years ago. 22-year-old Perry Ricciardi of Struthers, Ohio, is accused on conspiring to kill and rape Shannon Leigh Kos of Youngstown in October 2000. Prosecutors played a tape for the jury in which Ricciardi acknowledges fantasizing about kidnapping, raping and killing a young girl with two other men who also are charged in Kos' death. One of...
February 14, 2003 - 12:50am
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A Circleville man has been ordered jailed without bond in Hocking County in the death of an 85-year-old woman. Also charged is the woman's grandson. He's accused of setting her up for the robbery that led to her death. The body of Wretha Poling was found in the root cellar of her home in Laurelville on May 13th, 2001. She had been bound, beaten and shot to death. 30-year-old Daniel Spencer is charged with aggravated murder and six other counts in connection with the woman's death. Her...
February 13, 2003 - 11:51pm
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The board of zoning makes their final decision in the location of a new Zanesville school. A long debated issue came to an end as the Zanesville City Zoning Board voted three to one in favor of the school district’s plan to build a middle school on the south side of Zanesville High School. The school district plans to build eight new schools by 2008.
February 13, 2003 - 3:16pm
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The state senate is on track to vote on a correction to Ohio’s budget next week. Senator Bill Harris of Ashland -- a republican who heads the finance committee – says his panel should vote on the bill Tuesday with the full senate to vote on it Wednesday. Harris is trying to find a way to make up the gap between the 566 million dollars the house approved to fix the budget and the 720 million dollars Governor Taft estimates is necessary. Taft blames the budget shortfall on a sour economy.
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