With the trench collapse on Wayne comes plenty of traffic congestion. According to dispatchers with the Zanesville Police Department, traffic on Wayne Avenue and Underwood Avenue was backed up for several hours, in both the north and south bound lanes. According to the ZPD, the sound bound lane was reopened at about 4:30. The northbound land was reopened shortly after that.
Traffic was backed up in Cleveland as well Thursday…heavy winds prompted transportation officials to put the brakes on truckers. State officials sent out word that the winds were blowing too hard for tractor-trailer trucks to roll on the Cleveland turnpike. Trucks with multiple hitches and mobile homes were banned from the turnpike while the winds whipped. Officials were worried the winds would blow trucks over.
Heavy winds left plenty of damage in northwestern Ohio as well. A historic building in Toledo was under renovation when it collapsed because of the wind and rain. Police say the 35-foot tall section couldn’t sustain the 50 to 60-mile-per-hour gusts Wednesday night. Crews stood guard all night, in case the rest of the building collapsed. And the wind also tore down power lines, and playground equipment.
A restaurant in Pennsylvania makes hundreds of people sick, including 31 Ohioans. Pennsylvania state health officials say at least 340 people are now infected with Hepatitis- A after an outbreak at a Beaver County Chi-Chi’s. Officials don’t know the exact cause of the outbreak yet.
A soldier from Ohio was honored Thursday in Oklahoma along with five others who died when their helicopter was shot down in Iraq. 21-year-old Specialist Steven Conover of Wilmington had been stationed at Fort Sill. More than 1000 soldiers, relatives and friends attended services paying tribute to the Fort sill soldiers, who were killed November 2nd by Iraqi insurgents. A total of 16 soldiers died in the attack.
Another event to get you in the holiday spirit in Zanesville is the festival of trees preview. The event includes a community festival as well as a fundraiser for the chamber. It will be held on December 3rd form 5pm to 9pm at the Welcome Center in downtown Zanesville. The event is also in combination with the Miracle on Main Street of the downtown lighting. There will be a live reindeer display as well as an appearance by Santa
Starting with the New Year, local businesses may have to collect and pay sales taxes differently. The Ohio sales tax rate will be changing, meaning more complications for business owners. The new rate will definitely be more of a hassle for businesses, especially small businesses. As you can imagine a lot of business owners are complaining about the change and as a result it may be delayed. The chairman of the Ohio tax-writing Senate ways and means commitment offered an amendment this week...
As the winter weather settles in, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. The 10th annual holiday tour in downtown Zanesville will kick off its celebration on Wednesday December 3rd. This year’s holiday tour will be an improvement from previous years with six new businesses open this year. Following the holiday tour will be Miracle on Main Street another event that marks the official lighting of the downtown lights from the courthouse steps.
Downtown Zanesville was the scene of a magazine photo shoot today. A former Miss Ohio from Zanesville, now managing editor of Cast-On magazine was out getting pictures for the spring issue. The magazine that is home-based in Zanesville is the official publication of the Knitting Guild Association. The issue will go on newsstands in January and the current Miss Ohio will also be featured
Ohio utilities say more than 110-thousand customers lost power during severe storms that rolled across the state overnight. The power companies say service has been restored to all but 45-thousand customers. In Zanesville, American Electric Power says 400 customers remain without service today. The high winds are being blamed for the power problems. At least 10 people were injured across the state as storms triggered by a fast-moving cold front swept across Ohio last night. None of the...