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March 5, 2005 - 12:53am
6 years 46 weeks ago
An out of control blaze keeps three fire crews in Perry County busy for hours Friday night.

A call came into the Thornville Fire Station around 6:30 that a home on Lonesome Road was fully involved. That's when crews from Thornville, Somerset, and Glenford responded to a very heated scene.

Thornville Fire Chief Sean Corsi says upon arrival his crew was not able to enter the structure because of the flames.

According to other officials on scene, this was no...
March 4, 2005 - 7:22pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Filling up at the pump is now even more painful as gas prices are on the rise, once again.

Wholesale gasoline prices shot up almost 20 cents per gallon yesterday.

In Zanesville on Maple Avenue gasoline was around 2 dollars and nine cents a gallon.
AAA officials say the price hike is tied to a number of factors including a crude oil increase and unrest in the Middle East.

AAA Officials say prices should go down, but then back up heading into the summer...
March 4, 2005 - 7:16pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
FEMA officials are here in Muskingum County answering questions from local residents who are hoping to receive funding from flood damage.

The officials are located at the EMA Office on Old Adamsville Road and are ready to answer questions about the registration process.

FEMA says the first step is to call your
insurance company if you have damage.
Then you must register with FEMA. There are 3 ways to do it,
Call 1-800 –621 –FEMA, or log onto www.fema.gov...
March 4, 2005 - 12:34am
6 years 46 weeks ago
Area motorists need to be aware of a recent road closure in Muskingum County.

According to officials at the Sheriff's Office,
O-DOT has closed off a portion of State Route 40 at Bridgeville Road for a bridge slip repair project.

Officials say that road will be re-opened on Friday.

Please plan your routes accordingly.
March 3, 2005 - 7:54pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
The fate of the Lorena Sternwheeler is still up in the air tonight even after its Captain met with County Commissioners.


Last week Commissioners announced that there is no money in the budget for the Lorena, which is a money-losing venture.
Captain Jeff Hall says the weather has been the biggest problem.


Commissioner Brian Hill says the county knows the Lorena is popular and is considering many options for the vessel.


Hall has been the...
March 3, 2005 - 7:46pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
There is big news tonight out of the Muskingum County Commissioners Office.

Today it was announced that a state grant was awarded to help with a local water project.

Commissioner Don Madden says The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has come through with $150,000 for the Dillon Hills Water Project.

County Commissioner Don Madden says the county is grateful to the state for the funds. R

Residents in the Dillon Hills area who received letters from...
March 3, 2005 - 7:37pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
A local teacher is still beaming with pride today after she received a big surprise and a very special award.

Susan Gatton, a first grade teacher at Duncan Falls Elementary was awarded “Teacher of the Month” from Sylvan Learning Center and the WHIZ Media Group.

Mrs. Gatton says teaching has been her passion for nearly 30 years and she treats her first graders as if they were her own.

A very humble Mrs. Gatton says she loves teaching the first grade because it'...
March 3, 2005 - 4:37pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
Economic development in the Y-city is putting Zanesville on the map and gaining national recognition.

The U.S. Census Bureau has ranked Zanesville 9th in the country out of 674, middle sized cities for economic development.

Formally called “The Small Town Award”, the rankings are based on new manufacturing and distribution projects. These projects must also create hundreds of new jobs.

Port Authority Director Larry Merry says projects such as Worthington Foods...
March 3, 2005 - 1:56pm
6 years 46 weeks ago
An area Big Brothers chapter and its imprisoned former director are being sued by the family of a boy the man was convicted of sexually abusing.

The lawsuit against James T, Russell and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties seeks an unspecified amount of money.

The lawsuit says Russell used his position as found and leader of the chapter to force a sexual relationship on the boy from 1996 to 2003.

The lawsuit uses federal racketeering law to...
March 3, 2005 - 12:40am
6 years 46 weeks ago
We have an update in a case of robbery that occurred at Zane Landing Park in Zanesville in December of last year.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, 38-year-old Harry Gheen, Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

Gheen had been charged with two counts of complicity to robbery in the December 6th incident.

Workman says two victims in a parked car were attacked by Gheen and another man who was armed with a knife.
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