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May 25, 2004 - 6:15pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
The port authority board held a “special” meeting tonight to discuss a variety of issues including recent sexual harassment allegations against Executive Director Larry Merry.

Shortly into the meeting, the board went into executive session.

After the meeting ended the attorney for the port authority made a statement regarding the status of negotiations. Steve Chappelear says, “The settlement negotiations have been proceeding in good faith on both sides and have been...
May 25, 2004 - 3:14pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Unizan Financial Corporation today announced that Unizan shareholders approved the merger with Huntinton Bancshares Incorporated.

Of the just over 78-percent of Unizan shareholders who voted, 98-percent voted to approve the deal.

The merger is expected to close in early July, pending regulatory approvals.

Unizan is a 2-point-8 billion-dollar holding company headquartered in Canton, Ohio.

The company operates 43 full-service retail financial...
May 25, 2004 - 1:23pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
A new survey conducted by the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce shows more businesses would recommend our county to businesses looking to relocate.

The survey was designed mainly to gain feedback from existing businesses in an effort to help further economic development in our area.

Over 80 businesses were contacted and of that 70% say they have plans to modernize or expand their businesses which could mean more jobs in Muskingum County.

But the...
May 25, 2004 - 1:07pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Arthritis is the number one cause of physical immobility in the United States. And while it affects people of all ages, the percent of people with arthritis increases with age.

Tara Poorman, an exercise physiologist at Genesis Lifestyle and Fitness Centers says exercise is one of the biggest ways to treat the disease.

Poorman also says, “Some people think you can’t exercise if you have arthritis. Another common misconception is that you shouldn’t do any weight bearing...
May 25, 2004 - 1:03pm
6 years 35 weeks ago
Lieutenant Governor Jennette Bradley was in Zanesville today talking to the noon rotary club about some of the key issues affecting our state.

The main topic on her agenda was economic development and the job market in Ohio.

She also discussed the importance of housing development and finding a way to lower the state’s unemployment rate. Bradley says, “That’s the whole point of the jobs cabinet that Governor Taft created. It is a way to market Ohio to be more competitive...
May 25, 2004 - 11:59am
6 years 35 weeks ago
It was back to work for S-B-C employees in Zanesville and the rest of the country.

With the four-day SBC-Ameritech strike over, service employees were seen around town catching up and repairing damaged lines from the recent storms.

Negotiators reached a proposed five-year deal early this morning. Union officials say the new pact boosts wages 12 percent over the period and projects health care benefits and job security for the 100-thousand employees.

“The two...
May 25, 2004 - 11:53am
6 years 35 weeks ago
If you’re looking for a perfect bottle then Owen-Illinois in Zanesville is the place for you.

The local company and its employees were awarded a prestigious award by the Miller Brewing Company for outstanding quality control.

Owens-Illinois in Zanesville has the honor of being the only company to have zero defects in the course of a year of making bottles for Miller.

“It’s very good. I’m not sure we’ve ever had a facility with zero,” said Todd Jones, Purchasing...
May 25, 2004 - 6:41am
6 years 35 weeks ago
Negotiators of SBC Communications have reached a proposed five- year deal early this morning, just after fours days of workers striking about job security and health care benefits.

Union officials say the new deal boost wages 12 percent over the period for the nations number two-phone provider.

An SBC spokesperson says the tentative deal addresses economic and competitive pressures facing the telecom industry.

Union spokesman, Seth Rosen says hundreds of third-...
May 25, 2004 - 6:37am
6 years 35 weeks ago
The attorney representing two former Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority employees in a sexual harassment lawsuit says all the issues in the case have not yet been resolved and there is no settlement yet in place.

Columbus attorney Betsy Doucet says that all the parties involved in a possible settlement have not yet negotiated a resolution to the issue.

Doucet added that she hopes that may happen later today, but she would not say what issues remained unresolved....
May 25, 2004 - 5:12am
6 years 35 weeks ago
An ex-marine from Ohio has been convicted of killing his girlfriend and her baby.

A Florida jury on Monday found former Marine Sergeant James Coleman the third guilty of second-degree murder in the strangulation of 19-year old Jessica Hine. It also convicted him of first-degree murder for smothering her two-month old son.

The jury begins deliberating tomorrow on whether to recommend that the 25-year old from East Cleveland should get the death penalty.

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