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August 20, 2003 - 9:46am
5 years 49 weeks ago
A Perry County step mom was sentenced to 13 years in prison today in connection with the death of a child. Donna Conley was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges in the death of four-year-old Brandi Marie Conley in December of 1996. During the trial, Conley claimed that she found the injured child on the landing at the foot of a flight of stairs, in the family’s home in Saltillo, in Perry County. An examination concluded that the child had been beaten and died...
August 19, 2003 - 11:40pm
5 years 49 weeks ago
Government and petroleum industry officials say motorists probably will face higher gasoline prices the rest of the summer because last week’s blackout temporarily shut down seven refineries including two in Ohio. With gasoline supplies tight and demand soaring, prices at the pump have increased an average of about ten-cents a gallon nationally in the last three weeks and spiked much higher in some places.
August 19, 2003 - 8:45pm
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Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich wants state regulators to tear up FirstEnergy Corporation’s operating license. Spokesman Doug Gordon says the Cleveland democrat will petition the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to revoke FirstEnergy’s right to operate in the Buckeye State. Gordon says Kucinich will release the petition at a news conference in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon. A copy of the complaint was not immediately available, but a release from Kucinich says it’s related to what’s...
August 19, 2003 - 5:24pm
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It’s a big day in the history of the Zanesville city school system. Two groundbreaking ceremonies to kick off two school construction projects. The first, this morning for a new middle school on Pershing Road. A large crowd was on hand to witness many local and state officials shovel the dirt, which will be the new South middle school in 2005. The facility will be almost seventy-five thousand square feet and looks to be a large upgrade. Ward Coffman, president of the Zanesville school...
August 19, 2003 - 5:21pm
5 years 49 weeks ago
Public support continues at a second groundbreaking this afternoon for the North Middle School on Blue Avenue. This is the second of two middle schools ready for construction, and with the completion of one elementary school, phase one of the project will be complete. Phase two plans for four elementary schools and a new high school, all to be completed by 2008. Michael Pockl, superintendent of Zanesville schools said the new facilities will be state of the art. He said when it came time to...
August 19, 2003 - 5:17pm
5 years 49 weeks ago
The Ohio Department of Education released school district report cards today and Zanesville receives a compliment. Between all the ceremonies of breaking ground for two new middle schools, State Superintendent of Public Instructions Susan Tave Zelman was on hand. She congratulated local officials on the improvements shown in area schools. She said that over three years, Zanesville schools showed ten points worth of growth, which is good compared to other school districts. Zanesville...
August 19, 2003 - 5:14pm
5 years 49 weeks ago
Attempts for a mayoral debate continue in Zanesville. Rick Lavy continues to push for a debate between the three candidates. He recently verified with Time Warner Cable that the debate can be held on the public access channel. But incumbent mayor Jack Fenton said he will not agree to use the channel for that purpose. As for the debate itself, Fenton said he has no problem with it. Democratic candidate Dave Joseph said he is ready for a debate if the decision is made to have one. Ohio...
August 19, 2003 - 5:13pm
5 years 49 weeks ago
If you’d like some free back to school clothes for your kids, the Salvation Army is the place to be this Friday. Thousands of articles of clothing will be available from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Putnam Avenue location. This annual event helps kids get ready for school. Organizers said the annual event draws a large crowd, so they advise getting there early. Salvation Army workers began organizing the clothes months ago. Anyone can donate items at any time for the event.
August 19, 2003 - 10:28am
5 years 49 weeks ago
Ohio State University is putting its raucous fans on notice. The university plans to step up its police presence during football games to stop out-of-control behavior. That means police will be a bit more vigilant in enforcing liquor laws. The enforcement blitz begins August 30th when the Buckeyes play Washington at Ohio Stadium. More OSU police will be patrolling areas that are traditional tailgating spots. The university wouldn’t say how many more officers would be out there.
August 18, 2003 - 9:54pm
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A Dollar General semi and a Bronco collided Monday evening in downtown Zanesville. The accident happened at 7:30 at the intersection of 6th and Shinnick. According to Lt. Bill Shaw with the Zanesville Police Department, a Dollar General semi-truck driven by Lloyd Smith of Galena made a wide right-hand turn onto Shinnick. The semi struck a red Bronco traveling in the right lane, driven by Christopher Orner of Zanesville. Shaw said the Bronco went under the truck, partly upsetting the semi....
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