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December 16, 2003 - 3:36pm
6 years 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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...
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