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December 17, 2003 - 12:35am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Rooms are overflowing with toys at the Cornerstone Full Gospel Church as they prepare to distribute over 4,000 gifts to families in need this holiday, and it all started with one simple phone call.

Founder of the program Anna Scheid says 22 years ago she got a call about a family new to town that need some help. The program spawned from there to the amazing event it is now.

The program will serve 506 kids this year. Officials hope to have all the items delivered by...
December 16, 2003 - 11:14pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The United States Postal Service says yesterday was the deadline to send items overseas and have them arriving on time for the holidays.

But Zanesville Postmaster Gary Haenisch says other mail can be delivered if you act quickly. Haenisch says nationally the service carries 850,000,000 pieces of mail; just Monday night alone the Zanesville Post Office handled 800,000 piece of mail.
December 16, 2003 - 11:14pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Holiday drivers should be on the lookout this weekend. The state highway patrol reports that between the 19th and the 22nd the patrol will increase troopers on the roadways to take part in the national Holiday Lifesaver Weekend driving campaign.

Sgt. Russell Pasqualetti says the patrol will have more officers on the roads covering the high crash area specifically looking for DUI’s or impaired people.

This campaign will hopefully take those people off the roads....
December 16, 2003 - 11:13pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Authorities investigating the Columbus Highway Shootings are praising people who quickly report suspicious incidents even if they don’t ultimately turn up evidence that could lead to the shooter.

Tuesday morning investigators were unable to determine what broke a woman’s front driver’s side window as she drove along Interstate 270.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin says she was right to call police. The shootings task force has not linked any more...
December 16, 2003 - 3:36pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
An Athens environmental group is objecting to a state program that raised about a million dollars for education by selling timber produced by selective cutting in state parks. Seventeen school districts and 40 local governments are getting money from the state forestry division’s “trees for textbooks” programs.
Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties in southern Ohio are getting the largest amounts.
Vinton County schools superintendent John Simmons says his district is using its 66-...
December 16, 2003 - 3:28pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The city of Newark has been awarded some funding to fight drugs.
The State Attorney General’s office awarded Newark just over 22-thousand dollars in grant funding for its Drug Abuse Resistance Program.
The money will be earmarked for the salaries of the city’s two D-A-R-E officers.
The program serves fifth graders at three Newark area schools.
Officials say 500 students participate yearly in the program.
Attorney General Jim Petro says 67 of the 88 counties in the...
December 16, 2003 - 2:32pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Tomorrow marks the 100-th anniversary of flight by the Wright brothers and for one local woman it has an extra special meaning…

For her dedication in working with the Wright Family, Jennifer Saddler-Thomas was given an actual piece of the original plane the brothers used in their first flight.

Saddler-Thomas believes aviation is an integral part of our society and has been very beneficial in the course of the century.

Zanesville Mayor Jack Fenton also...
December 16, 2003 - 2:27pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
A swearing-in ceremony is planned for later this week for all the elected officials from the city of Zanesville. It’s scheduled for Thursday at the John McIntire Library.

Mayor Jack Fenton will be there and also encourages the public to attend the event. Fenton says, “It’s a good chance to talk to all the elected officials so I think it would be in their interest to come.”

The ceremony will take place Thursday at 7pm at the library.
December 16, 2003 - 2:23pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The school board was very happy to announce today they have approved construction bids in the amount of almost fifteen-million dollars to build two new middle schools in our area.

Superintendent Michael Pockl says they are right on schedule in hopes of opening for the 2005 school year.

The board also decided to place a 3.63 million five-year renewal levy on the March 2nd ballot to replace an existing issue that is expiring.

The passage of the levy will not...
December 16, 2003 - 8:44am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Breaking news this morning as a house fire on the North side of Columbus has killed an 18-month-old boy. Fire investigators haven’t determined the cause of the blaze that started around one a-m today.

Firefighters say the smoke was so thick inside the house, they had to navigate by feel instead of by sight to find people trapped inside.

Authorities say a woman and a five-year-old child are hospitalized in critical condition this morning.

Battalion Chief Jim...
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