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December 16, 2003 - 2:23pm
6 years 11 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 11 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...
December 16, 2003 - 8:42am
6 years 11 weeks ago
The Zanesville school board had a busy Monday night.
It voted to approve 14 million dollars in contracts for the construction of two new middle schools in Zanesville.
Superintendent Mike Pockle tells Whiz news that the bids on 17 contracts were approved at the meeting and it means the construction of the new schools is on schedule.
The board also decided to place a 3.63 mill emergency levy on the March ballot to replace an issue that is expiring.
December 15, 2003 - 11:43pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Both coaches and gymnasts at Zanesville Gymnastics are flipping with joy this week after two of their own came back from the state meet with top honors.

12-year-old Shawnee Seeley was State Runner-Up in the level 4 all-around competition, but it didn't stop there for the team. 9-year-old Julie Lewis stole the show as she captured the Level 4 State All-Around Title.

Coach Jennifer McCollister says, "She's always came in with a tremendous work ethic and is a very positive...
December 15, 2003 - 10:12pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Students and Ohio University Officials alike agreed that holding commencement on a Sunday for the first time in 60 years was a great idea.

Traffic flowed smoothly before and after the afternoon ceremonies Sunday in which about 1,700 students received degrees.
December 15, 2003 - 10:07pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
33-year-old James Willey of Zanesville pleaded guilty to a total of 25 counts in Judge Mark Fleegle’s courtroom Monday morning.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman Willey pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property (blank checks) and 24 counts of forgery.

Workman said Willey wrote checks in the name of Charles and Shelly Perry with the check amounts varying from $75 to $125. A pre sentence investigation has been ordered. Workman said...
December 15, 2003 - 10:04pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
An Ohio man was charged Monday with spilling a red liquid that is supposed to resemble blood near an Enola Gay Exhibit. 73-year-old Thomas Siemer of Columbus us charged with felony destruction of property and loitering.

Authorities say he was part of a small group of protester who briefly disrupted the official opening of the National Air and Space Museum’s new annex at Dulles International Airport.

Several elderly atomic bomb survivors from Japan also expressed...
December 15, 2003 - 3:51pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
It’s looking more and more like the Zanesville Fire Department has an arson problem on its hands. The fires that have been plaguing our area are under investigation and causing a lot of problems for authorities.

Last night marked the sixth fire that has occurred in the Greenwood area, all at vacant homes. These fires can be costly not only for local residents, but for the city as well.

Chief Dave Lacy comments that the fires tie up police officers who are assisting...
December 15, 2003 - 3:44pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
Members of the guardianship program task force paid a visit to the County Commissioners today asking for funding…

Under the current law, a guardian must be a resident of the state of Ohio, which limits the number of people who can act as primary caretakers. The new program aims at providing a guardian for those aged 60 and older, who are the most vulnerable.

Yvonne Factor a guardianship task force member says there are a lot of individuals in this community who require...
December 15, 2003 - 3:40pm
6 years 11 weeks ago
The kids from the Starlight School had a holiday treat today from the students at the Mid East Ohio Vocational School, as the annual adopt-a-child program kicked off the holiday season with their Christmas party.

The program allows the school to adopt kids and buy Christmas gifts for them.

Sue Lake the Student Council Advisor from the Vocational School says their students go meet the children and talk to their teachers about what they want then go out and buy it....
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