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January 29, 2004 - 5:16pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Its not every day that one of our local services receives national recognition for excellence.... But today, McCullough’s Tree Service celebrated winning an award of distinction for excellence in the arboriculture for the Cooper-Mill Manor Project.
Along with winning the national award, McCullough’s Tree Service also was an integral part of earth day, planting a significant amount of trees.
Many community officials including Phil Allen, Zanesville’s Metropolitan Housing Authority and...
January 29, 2004 - 5:05pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
The Muskingum County Community Foundation is celebrating its 19th anniversary with their annual Groundhog Day Charity Auction.

Last year the foundation raised $52,000 for charity and hopes to raise more this year with the help of local artists’ donations.

The auction kicks off Friday night at 5p.m at the MATC/OUZ Campus Center. The only tickets left are standing room and are $25 dollars at the door.
January 28, 2004 - 11:40pm
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After hours of discussion, the jury in the Eric Patterson trial came forward and said they don’t believe further deliberations will help them reach a verdict.

Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Judge Howard Zwelling declared the case a mistrial and said a new trial will be set in the near future. The defense is disappointed with the verdict, but says it could end up in their favor. Defense Attorney Dennis Belli questioned ifs the state entitled under the limits of that federal...
January 28, 2004 - 9:47pm
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The jury continues to deliberate the fate of 33-year-old Eric Patterson of Zanesville. Patterson was granted a new trial, which began Monday, on an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from the 1993 death of his 3-year-old daughter Lacey Patterson.

Patterson appealed the original decision, and the Sixth District Court ruled that the State of Ohio must give Patterson a new trial because the definition of “proximate cause” was not clear in a jury selection.

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January 28, 2004 - 6:55pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
WHIZ News received a letter today from the women inmates pleading for our help, saying there is no hot water, and the heat in their cells has been as low as 50-52 degrees.

The facts that the jail is made of solid concrete and has several floors are some of the obstacles making it harder to keep warm this winter.

Maintence Supervisor John Benson says the cold weather we have been experiencing has been a problem for all buildings, not just the jail.

Public Safety...
January 28, 2004 - 1:26pm
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It’s a student’s dream. Going to high school in your pajamas. Well now that dream can come true.

The ECOT school also known as the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is one of the fastest growing e-schools in Ohio.

Jeff Forster, ECOT’s superintendent is in Zanesville today to visit with some of his students and learn about their experiences. Forster says, “You get to walk the halls as a principal and I don’t get to see students. I get to talk to them, but it’s fun to get...
January 28, 2004 - 1:20pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Just a few weeks ago we reported on the fact that the United Way was down in numbers for last year. Well now's your chance to help.

To kick off this year's Operation Feed campaign the United Way has teamed up with Applebees to have a pancake breakfast.

Elaine Curry of the United Way says, " during the breakfast they'll have pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit and beverages. Everything is five dollars and it's a buffet so you can get all you want to eat."

January 28, 2004 - 5:53am
6 years 11 weeks ago
The executive director of an alcoholism prevention program in Licking County has resigned following his second charge of drunken driving in ten years.

58-year-old James Billow of Heath gave his resignation to the Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program Board in Newark and it was accepted.

Board President Robert Baldwin says Billow will be replaced by program supervisor Jim Takacs.

Police arrested Billow on a drunken driving charge on December 27th, when...
January 27, 2004 - 10:18pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Good news for Morgan County residents…the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency received word Tuesday afternoon that President Bush has approved federal funding for residents affected by the January 3rd flooding in the county.

According to Public Information Office for the Morgan EMA, Keith Spare, assistance programs will now be available for county residents and local businesses affected by the flooding through both the state and federal Emergency Management Agencies.
January 27, 2004 - 7:16pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
A normal day for many, but a big day for Jennifer Bryant.

Last Wednesday Bryant’s attorney, Aaron Miller asked Judge Howard Zwelling to grant her early release.

Bryant, a former Muskingum College student convicted of killing her newborn baby, has served seven months of her three-year prison sentence.

The state of Ohio and the Muskingum County prosecutor’s office argued that an early release didn’t justify her conviction. Today Judge Zwelling made his decision...
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