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May 5, 2004 - 7:23pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
It was a happy homecoming for the troops and families from the 1485th Ohio National Guard Transportation Unit.

The troops retuned home today from supporting Iraqi Freedom to a welcome home ceremony at the New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia.

It was a whirlwind of tears, cheers, laughter and hugs. The unit was gone from their families for 15 months. The celebrations continue for those families.

A huge party is planned in Hudson, Ohio tomorrow night.
May 5, 2004 - 5:29pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
A major timeout is being called for this year’s Gus Macker basketball tournament in Zanesville.

A big problem may limit the number of players in this year’s event due to an issue with the postal service.

Dana Matz of the Zanesville Downtown Association says the dilemma involves the applications for the tournament, but they’re working to get it under control.

Matz says, “The applications were mailed from Michigan on April 15th. No one in Ohio has received them....
May 5, 2004 - 5:24pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
Hunger is a major problem in our area. That’s why campaign’s such as the United Way’s Operation Feed are set up to help supply those in need with food items.

For families like Mark Stones’, food pantries are a means of survival.
Stone says, “when you don’t have proper ability to feed oneself then the family just breaks down everybody’s unhappy and it causes a lot more problems in the long run.”

Programs like Operation Feed are designed to provide the necessary food...
May 5, 2004 - 4:11pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
It’s time to tackle one of the most germ-infested rooms in your house: the kitchen.

Germs are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. Especially near food bacteria are abundant. That means the kitchen is filled with germs. According to Family and Consumer Science Agent Pam Montgomery, kitchens are in the “danger zone” for germs and bacteria to grow. The “danger zone” is between 140-40 degrees.

Remember those numbers? They’re the necessary temperatures to...
May 5, 2004 - 1:30pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
A celebration for the Nelson T. Gant Foundation has been postponed.

The local organization was planning its second birthday for this weekend, but due to illness it has been postponed.

An organization spokeswoman says the event was scheduled for this Saturday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the home of Dave Mitzel.

If you were planning to go and would like a refund you can contact the Muskingum County Community Foundation.
May 5, 2004 - 1:22pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
Hundreds of students, teachers and parents are protesting the state’s school funding system today.

Participants in the rally outside the Ohio Statehouse say the system still relies too heavily on local property taxes.

They say the state isn’t doing enough to fix an education system found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court three times.

Students from Newcomerstown schools say they must now pay to play sports or be in the band because taxpayers can’t...
May 5, 2004 - 5:39am
6 years 12 weeks ago
A preliminary investigation shows no evidence of engine or equipment failure in a tour plane that crashed on a lava flow in Hawaii last month.

The plane’s pilot Jelica Matic and her tow passengers, Dallas and Catherine Ratcliff of Portsmouth, Ohio, survived the impact but were burned in a fire that started after the crash.

The Ratcliff’s are in stable condition at a hospital in Honolulu. Hospital officials won’t release information on Matic’s condition.

May 5, 2004 - 5:15am
6 years 12 weeks ago
Police have surrounded a house in Elyria today where a man shot at a social worker and a police officer trying to check the welfare of a toddler and infant.

Police say the grandmothers of at least on the of the children was hit in the arm by gunfire, but no one else was is hurt. She has been released after being treated at an area hospital.

Police won’t say what the man’s relationship is to the children. Lorraine County Children Services Director Gary Crow says the...
May 4, 2004 - 2:35pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
There are an estimated 3.3 million to 12.8 million people who suffer from food borne illnesses each year.

Food poisoning is really a common term people use to describe a food borne illness. Food is susceptible to germs for a lot of different reasons. One is the food itself. More specifically, what is the pH level of the food? The pH is important because while foods are either acidic or basic, the more basic a food is the more likely it is to attract germs and bacteria. The basic...
May 4, 2004 - 2:15pm
6 years 12 weeks ago
Good news from the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority tonight as talks continue about development in the South end of town.

Executive Director Larry Merry says that a company is interested in purchasing the property where Big Bear was located in South Zanesville.

Merry tells WHIZ there is a bidding process which must first take place, but he is optimistic the building will be purchased in the near future.

And they’re not the only ones who have noticed...
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