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August 13, 2003 - 5:28pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The city of Newark has a big weekend ahead. Before the Gus Macker basketball tournament begins on Saturday the second annual Hot Music Weekend starts tomorrow. Newark held three concerts last year to celebrate their bicentennial with Styx closing the festivities out. For a first try at something so big, organizers were extremely pleased with the results. “We asked the people right from the stage, ‘would you like to see this come back again this year?’ and there was an overwhelming roar back...
August 13, 2003 - 5:24pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
During the summer, dry conditions in the west make it peak season for wildfires. And many of the men and women who put them out come from all over the country. Mike Bailey is one of several Ohio firefighters who help the Division of Forestry battle wildfires. He helped put out a fire covering over 17 thousand acres and threatening archeological artifacts and many ranchers’ homes in South Dakota. He got involved in 1988 because the need was high. Bailey said the Division of Forestry didn’t...
August 13, 2003 - 8:48am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Despite heavy rains this spring and summer, a bumper crop of corn and soybeans is predicted for the state this fall. The Ohio agricultural statistics service says corn yields are expected to be 142 bushels per acre close to the state record of 147 bushels in 2000. Total estimated Ohio corn production of 454 million bushels would be an 80 percent increase from last year’s drought-diminished crop. Ohio’s soybean harvest is predicted at 42 bushels per acre, up 40 percent from last year and just...
August 13, 2003 - 8:39am
6 years 7 weeks ago
A study out today says more than a quarter of a million people in central Ohio are exposed to higher concentrations of diesel pollution and threat can result in health problems. The study by the Ohio environmental council urges the use of cleaner-burning diesel fuel, installation of pollution-control devices on older vehicles and alternative power sources for buses, trucks and construction equipment. One Columbus official says it will be tough to do what the group wants because of the higher...
August 12, 2003 - 10:41pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
Blood tests have confirmed that the first two horses this year have been infected with the West Nile Virus. The Ohio Department of Agriculture says the two infected horses from Brown and Stark counties had not been fully vaccinated. They were euthanized after their health deteriorated. More than 600 horses were infected with the disease last year. Symptoms in infected horses include listlessness, stumbling, lack of coordination, partial paralysis and death. Horse owners can take...
August 12, 2003 - 5:49pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The owners of Cedar Point are making plans to build an indoor water park near their amusement park in Sandusky. The city’s commissioners approved a 10-year tax break for the project that helps clear the way for construction. Cedar Fair, which owns Cedar Point, has proposed building a $20 million water park with tropical themes, waterslides and spas. Construction is expected to start in September and will be completed by the end of 2004.
August 12, 2003 - 4:05pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
The Maysville Regional Water District says it water problems are over. A spokesman says on Saturday two major water main breaks occurred in Avondale and White Cottage. It forced a district-wide boil advisory. Today, officials say the boil order has been lifted for all customers of the Maysville Regional Water District.
August 12, 2003 - 2:31pm
6 years 7 weeks ago
You don’t have to be a well-known hero to make your way to the history books because a new project will honor all of our nation’s war veterans and those who supported them. A collection of autobiographies will be on the shelves at the Library of Congress for everyone to see. The “Veterans’ History Project” was approved by congress in October of 2000 and today congressman Bob Ney made a stop to Zanesville to kick-off the history project. Ney joined representatives from the U.S. Department of...
August 12, 2003 - 8:51am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Columbus police say a mother who had been drinking fell asleep after placing her eight-month-old son in the bathtub. When her husband arrived home from the office early yesterday, he found the baby dead in the bathtub. Twenty-year-old Sharina Burkes was charged with child endangering. Police said other charges still could be filed. The woman was on suicide watch in the Franklin County Jail. An autopsy yesterday showed that Marcus Burkes Junior drowned. Burkes told police she had drinking beer...
August 12, 2003 - 8:40am
6 years 7 weeks ago
Federal authorities have no immediate plans to step in to prosecute a suspect in a fire that killed five college students who was released from jail yesterday after charges against him were dropped. That puts the case firmly back in the hands of local investigators. An FBI spokesman had said over the weekend that his office would meet with U-S attorneys to explore whether a federal court would have jurisdiction in the case. Yesterday, Fred Alverson the U-S attorneys’ office said the feds...
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