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January 15, 2004 - 5:16pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The Zanesville/Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce reports they broke their record for the highest number of member companies in 2003.

President, Tom Poorman, said: “we had 835 members, this chamber of commerce has never had that many businesses before, and we did it in a down economy, so were very hopeful that that’s a sign that things are starting to turn around locally.”

Poorman says he’s surprised for the increase at this time of year, businesses typically trend...
January 15, 2004 - 5:09pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Huge problems and concerns still looming in Morgan County.

Governor Bob Taft declared the county under a state of emergency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency spent the day assessing the county’s flood problems, and deciding whether they need federal aid.

Morgan County’s local EMA officer, Keith Spare. seen in the picture above, says they need the aid now more than ever.
The flood problems added to an already struggling economy.

The Morgan...
January 15, 2004 - 2:58pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
A Zanesville area company today confirmed that it’s laying-off some of its employees.

Mattingly Foods Inc. at 302 State Street will be cutting 24 jobs.

Chief Executive Officer Rick Barnes says there has been a reduction in service agreements for the company that means less deliveries for the company.

Barnes says he’s anticipating new growth for the company and hopes to bring back some of the employees who lost their jobs.

Barnes says they also...
January 14, 2004 - 11:36pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
The second co-defendant in the Brad Barnett murder case pleads guilty.

However 19-year-old Amanda Miller of Hopewell will not be sentenced in 30 days. That’s because she’s agreed to testify at the trial of 22-year-old Derek Norris, the Hopewell man whom shot and killed Barnett.

According to Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Jim Workman, Miller plead guilty to one count complicity to commit aggravated robbery; one count possession crack; one count possession...
January 14, 2004 - 11:34pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
A power outage darkened the end of the work and school day for many American Electric Power customers Wednesday.

According to Suzanne Priori with AEP, the outage occurred at 4:15 p.m., when there was a mis-operation with new equipment being installed in a transmission station.

This in turn affected three distribution stations throughout the town. In all, 8,200 customers were without power for less than an hour.
January 14, 2004 - 6:25pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
There was a major loss to the Whiz family today.

June Land died this morning at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey after a brief illness. June is the wife of Allan Land, the former president of the Whiz Media Group.

Mrs. Land was a 1943 graduate of St. John’s University in New York and received a law degree from St. John’s in 1947.

She was a member of the New York Board.

Mrs. Land was an extremely active member of the community. She was a...
January 14, 2004 - 5:36pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Holy Cow! It was a big day at the Muskingum Livestock Sales Inc. as they celebrated their customer appreciation day, with a special guest…

2003 World Champion, Livestock Auctioneer, Jon Schaben was there to promote and sell special feeder cattle.

Schaben says auctions are the best time to buy, where you get the best quality cattle for the best price.

The buyer’s price of the cattle is determined on the weight and appearance of the animal.
January 14, 2004 - 5:30pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Three young local children need some extra attention right now.

Their father passed away last week and Sandy Rosser from the Roseville Community Center is asking the Community’s help for this family.
Rosser says her main concern is to let these children know that people are out there that really care for them in this time of crisis.

Rosser is asking for monetary donations, which can be sent to:
The Slack Family Fund
First Federal Bank
55 Main Street...
January 14, 2004 - 2:41pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
Although the economy has taken a toll in certain areas across the country, economic development in Muskingum County has actually been quite positive.

More specifically the city of Zanesville has seen a lot of economic growth over the past year.

Larry Merry of the Zanesville Port Authority says there have been many positive projects such as Dollar General’s continued expansion, and the recent announcement of the 222 jobs at the Lear Corporation.

Merry talks...
January 14, 2004 - 2:32pm
6 years 17 weeks ago
You might want to think twice about where you get your gas next time you fill up…

The AAA daily online fuel gauge report shows gasoline prices are now at their highest level ever recorded in the month of January.

According to the Ohio AAA the nationwide average price for self-serve regular gas is up 8.7 cents per gallon since the middle of last month.

For some local residents the higher prices are becoming a problem and although it might take more time to...
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