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September 3, 2003 - 5:09pm
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Governor Taft testified in Washington Wednesday that Congress should replace voluntary standards with rules for the reliability of electricity transmission. Taft told a house committee that the nation’s worst-ever blackout last month proves voluntary standards are inadequate. He says a federal agency or state commissions should take over enforcement. U-S Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham opened the hearings by promising a focused investigation into the cause of the August 14 blackout that hit...
September 3, 2003 - 5:04pm
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It’s four years behind bars for a Nashport man who faced a long list of charges. 19-year-old David Coon received his sentence Wednesday. In February, Coon was arrested in Licking County. Upon his arrest, prosecutors say he admitted to burglaries in the Newark area and several in Muskingum County. Coon was accused of breaking into a Nashport home on Winterwood Dr. and stealing 22 firearms, checks, prescription drugs and money. He was also accused of breaking into the Military Drive Thru,...
September 3, 2003 - 2:59pm
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The Muskingum County health department looks to the community to help continue many of its programs. The department began its one mill levy campaign for the November 4th ballot today. Officials said the levy will generate over one million dollars over the next ten years. To break it down, a one mill levy will end up costing the average homeowner $23.00 per year. The programs funded by this levy covers a wide range. Health Commissioner Robert Titko said one such program is doctors...
September 3, 2003 - 2:58pm
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A local biddy football league loses a football field and a team will soon be left with no place to call home. The South Rebels have been playing football at Grover Cleveland middle school for the past several years. But things are about to change. Muskingum County is getting a handful of new schools over the next five years, and the new South middle school will be built on the South Rebels current field. The league has recently repaid back debts and been forced to upgrade equipment, leaving...
September 3, 2003 - 12:32pm
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Thanks to donations from the public, the Zanesville Fire Department has been able to raise thousands for “Jerry’s Kids.” The Muscular Dystrophy Association receives millions of dollars each year from firefighters who raise money through their “fill the boot campaign.” This year, Zanesville crews were able to raise a substantial amount of cash. They raise 15,434 dollars through the boot campaign and another 3,000 through their annual golf outing. Firefighters in the United States and Canada...
September 3, 2003 - 12:28pm
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Maple Avenue might be a little congested for the next couple of weeks. The city of Zanesville is working on making better driving conditions for those who drive on Maple Avenue. City crews are repairing 35 manhole covers on the avenue and once complete the road will be leveled. To alleviate the headaches of traffic jams, the city will work on the street during designated hours. Mayor Jack Fenton says the project should be complete in two to three weeks.
September 3, 2003 - 10:55am
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The soggy summer is slowing a project meant to speed traffic and development through southeast Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation says the first part of the U-S 33 bypass around Lancaster won’t open in November as expected because of rain. O-Dot spokeswoman Cindy Brown says the northern part of the bypass from Carroll to U-S 22 likely will open by next summer. But Brown says if there’s good weather next year, the overall project still might makes its 2005 completion date. The 141...
September 3, 2003 - 8:45am
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The deaths of at least seven people since 1998 in the Hydraulic undertow of low dams has gotten the attention of several state lawmakers. Ohio has hundreds of low dams that slow water flow dams that slow water flow and create pools behind them. Stat representative Jon Husted says the dams are very dangerous. The republican from Kettering plans to contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Miami Conservancy District about the hazard of the dams. Dams of this type were originally...
September 2, 2003 - 10:36pm
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An inmate at the Muskingum County Jail who was accused of trafficking drugs from behind bars pleaded guilty to the charge in court Tuesday. 31-year-old Forrest Johnson faces up to a year in prison for trafficking marijuana in the jail. The charge is a felony of the fifth degree. Johnson was reportedly passing the drugs through the prison’s kitchen system. Authorities found out about the sales back in February.
September 2, 2003 - 10:32pm
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A former employee with the Masonic Temple in Zanesville pleaded guilty Tuesday to 37 counts of forgery. 31-year-old Charles Lewis also pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of theft by deception. Lewis was the building manager for the Masonic Temple. Between 2001 and 2002, he reportedly forged and cashed checks from the temple account. According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s office, he also deceived the Masonic Temple into paying him $8,900 by claiming he personally paid...
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