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July 16, 2003 - 7:43am
5 years 37 weeks ago
The state board of education says it’s creating a statewide task force to find ways to redesign Ohio’s public high schools. The group is to look at reasons why so many students drop out and why some of those who graduate aren’t prepared for college or the work force. State superintendent Susan Tave Zelman says about 20 percent of those who start high school never finish. That number is as high as 50 percent in some districts. Zelman says the board will look at Cincinnati and West Clermont’s...
July 16, 2003 - 7:37am
5 years 37 weeks ago
Many Ohio farm fields are saturated after the recent rains but experts say that with good weather some could rebound. However, damage to overall harvest yields has likely been done. Still, crops planted on higher ground or in areas that didn’t get too much rain are doing well. The USDA estimates that 55 percent of the corn crop is good or excellent, as are 51 percent of soybeans. Hay and winter wheat have been ready for cutting but many farmers are only now getting into the fields. Only eleven...
July 15, 2003 - 9:38pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
Police are continuing to investigate a shooting in Newark where a man sustained a bullet wound to his arm. According to the Newark Police Department, 20-year-old John Allen was shot just after 11 pm Monday night. Police reports indicate that unknown suspects fired shots at Allen’s home and that’s when he was hit. Allen lives on South 5th Street in Newark. At this time, Police say they do not have any suspects in custody.
July 15, 2003 - 5:06pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
Ohio continues its bicentennial celebration by honoring one of its own. An historical marker was dedicated on the Perry County Fairgrounds to Mariah Storts Allen. She was the last real daughter of an American Revolutionary war soldier in the country. Her great grandson was on hand to take part in the ceremony. “The end of an era happened here in New Lexington, Ohio. When she passed away, she was our link to the American Revolution through her father John Jacob Storts, who volunteered at...
July 15, 2003 - 5:03pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
The heat did not keep Perry County residents from having a good time this afternoon. Today marked the first day of the Perry County Fair. The smell of steak sandwiches, cotton candy, and snow cones filled the fairgrounds while people of all ages enjoyed the rides and entertainment. Tom Hampton, fair director, said the best is yet to come with tractor pulls and modified trucks taking center stage on Saturday night. Another big night for the fair is Friday night. This year Doug Stone and...
July 15, 2003 - 4:59pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
The first element of Muskingum County’s bicentennial bell is complete. Hundreds of people came to the ceremony at the Zanesville courthouse, waving American flags and taking pictures. Organizers said a bell was chosen for each county because bells leave a legacy and will be around for many years to come. Tonight began the two day process of creating the bronze bell from scratch. “Right now we are going to have fifty kids from the county pass pieces of bronze into the furnace so that they...
July 15, 2003 - 4:53pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
Muskingum County gets ready for their turn to celebrate Ohio’s bicentennial. The first steps of creating the bell began tonight at the courthouse in downtown Zanesville. The casting process itself begins with melting the bronze for the bell and pouring the mold, the two events taking place tonight. The Verdin company, who designed the foundry, is making history with the process. “When we came up with the idea to do this in front of the public of course, we had to re-develop the wheel, come...
July 15, 2003 - 4:50pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
New housing is one step closer to completion in Zanesville. The city completed the demolition portion of the Greenwood Project, finishing the third phase. The other two phases, acquiring the property and relocating the residents, happened over the past year. “There’s some site preparation still left to do, but we should be ready to turn over the responsibility to the project partners for groundbreaking later this summer,” said Meg Deedrick, Zanesville Community Development Director. She...
July 15, 2003 - 9:35am
5 years 37 weeks ago
The American Red Cross’ National Disaster Relief Fund is nearly depleted. They operate on a checkbook of about fifty million dollars and as of June 30th the money has dwindled down to a million and a half, that’s the lowest balance they have seen since 1992. Dan Hartman, Executive Director of the local American Red Cross, says the situation is frightening and could get worse. He says if more people would donate on a national level the problem could be resolved. If you would like to help make a...
July 14, 2003 - 9:42pm
5 years 37 weeks ago
A pre-sentence investigation is underway for a Zanesville man who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. In addition to that charge, 29-year-old Jeremy Rutter also pleaded guilty to one count of sexual imposition. Rutter confessed to participating in sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl, who is a relative. The girl reported the incident to police. The incident happened in January.
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