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October 15, 2004 - 2:14pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Some celebrities made a stop at one Zanesville home to rally support for Senator John Kerry.

You may remember for former "Family Ties" stars—actress Meredith Baxter who played the mother Elyse Keaton and actor Michael Gross who played the father Steven Keaton on the hit tv show.

The event took place at Dr. Keith Brantley’s home, where many people came to hear their message. Baxter says she is a strong supporter of stem cell research and she also wants to...
October 15, 2004 - 10:53am
6 years 35 weeks ago
South Zanesville Burger King employees came to pick up their last paychecks today, after six of the fast food chains abruptly closed this week.

The owner of these franchises, Frank Lorch, owns two stores in Zanesville, two in Newark, one in Buckeye Lake and one in Coshocton.
Former employee Kathe Robinson was there today getting her paycheck and saying goodbye to her fellow employees. “They’re hurt. Like I said, we were one big family and it just hurts. We made all these...
October 15, 2004 - 10:30am
6 years 35 weeks ago
South Zanesville is proposing an income tax increase for its residents on the November ballot.

The ½% increase is needed to maintain services currently in the village, and without it, Herb Perry, Mayor of South Zanesville, says they may have a lot to worry about. “People are concerned about the security of the village, you know, the police department, the fire department.”

Perry says that when he spoke to the sheriff in their village, he said their average response time...
October 14, 2004 - 10:41pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
In the spirit of volunteerism the Genesis Healthcare Foundation has announced the recipient of the 2004 Community Service Award.

The award annually recognizes an individual who significantly contributes to the commmunity and exemplifies the Genesis values of compassion, trust, innovation and excellence. This year, WHIZ's Van Vannelli was honored.

A reception dinner was held tonight to present Van with this award. Vanelli has been a member of the Zanesville community for 36...
October 14, 2004 - 2:48pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
A thirty-year run for a local pottery company is coming to an end.

The Hartstone Pottery Outlet on Dearborn is closing up shop. The Company is owned by Carlisle Home Products. Director of Manufacturing, Wes Foltz says it’s due to big competitor imports and a declining demand for their hand painted items.

Foltz says there is still the possibility that local investors will pick up the product and keep Hartstone alive.

Foltz adds production will...
October 14, 2004 - 2:25pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Some good economic news tonight as crews are beginning to dig and break ground this week, for a 450,000 ft. retail space on the north end of Zanesville.

The shopping space will be located just west of the Golden Coral and the Community Bank, just beyond the intersection of state route 60 and North Point Drive.

Shoppers will be able to access the retail center from the new 146/60 connector.
No word yet on specific stores in the space. Both the connector and...
October 14, 2004 - 12:19pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. That’s why Muskingum County hosted their 8th Annual Sophomore Career Expo today at Hallowed Hills in Zanesville.

With more than 1,000 students expected to attend, businesses of all types set up shop and got ready to guide students into being prepared for a career. Lynne Dunn, Project Coordinator, says they target sophomores because they’re in such a crucial time in their life to decide on their future.

October 14, 2004 - 12:10pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fire Department is in search of some firefighters to join their squad.

Fire Chief Dave Lacy says he has to maintain a list with a certain number of potential firefighters and he is currently accepting applications. He says the first part of the event will be a written test that will be administered on October 23rd, followed by a physical auxiliary test.

Lacy adds that anyone who is interested should stop by the Zanesville Civil Service Office at...
October 14, 2004 - 11:55am
6 years 35 weeks ago
A suspected arson fire at a local church had Zanesville firefighters hard at work this morning.

The Union Baptist Church on 8th Street was a sad sight after the flames were put out.

Ashes, burnt furniture and tears were all that was left this morning after a suspected arson fire took its toll on the building. Fire Chief Dave Lacy says the Zanesville Fire Dept. took only 3 minutes to respond to the fire and when they got there, it wasn’t pretty.
“Pretty much when we...
October 14, 2004 - 4:14am
6 years 35 weeks ago
A Zanesville business will soon be shutting down.

Whiz News has learned that Hartstone Pottery on Dearborn Street is in the process of telling employees that it will be closing down.

The company employs between 50 and 100 workers and is sending out letters informing them of the fate of the company.

Whiz News left a message for Hartstone plant manager Wes Foltz, but he did not respond to our call.

No official word has been given as to when the...
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