Stories tagged with: Muskingum County

April 4, 2011 - 2:42pm
3 years 14 weeks ago

Norfield Road will be closed on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between State Route 83 and North Moose Eye Road for a cross-culvert replacement. Please use alternate routes. Contact the Muskingum County Engineer's Office with questions at 454-0155.

April 3, 2011 - 9:44pm
3 years 14 weeks ago

Statistics show that nearly 44 million adults in the United States are unable to read a simple story to their children and the Muskingum County Literacy Council is hoping to change that.

They passed out free childrens books on Saturday and Sunday at the health fair at the Colony Square Mall.

"The goal is to get all the moms and dads to read to their children twenty minutes a day and therefore promote the idea of reading books and literacy," said Member of the Board Gary...

March 29, 2011 - 8:54pm
3 years 14 weeks ago

Tuesday at noon, the Emergency Management Agency will be testing tornado sirens around Muskingum County.

EMA Director Bo Keck said they will test all 40 sirens so the public can become familiar with the sound and to also make sure they are functioning properly.

"We have spotters at each siren location to tell us whether they worked or not and whenever you're dealing with radio circuits and so forth, you never know if it's going to work," said Keck.

He said the...

March 28, 2011 - 6:32pm
3 years 15 weeks ago

With a shrinking budget, Muskingum County Commissioners are continuing to find ways to not only save money, but make some too.

Commissioners Jim Porter and Jerry Lavy had their monthly investment committee meeting on Monday. They met with a representative from Community Bank to discuss the county's account balances.

"So we have some ideas to see our cash flow and what the interests are that we're earning off the money that's on deposit there," said Commissioner Jerry...

March 22, 2011 - 3:39pm
3 years 15 weeks ago

Governor John Kasich's budget cuts are not only affecting state agencies, but also those at the local level.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says funding was cut by 25% to the county. He said while the commissioners prepared, it's still going to affect operations at the jail. Governor Kasich is currently considering a reform that will change the sentencing system for offenders in order to save the sate more money.

"If something happens to where they can't hold as many...

March 21, 2011 - 4:32pm
3 years 16 weeks ago

If you need a prom dress, a local organization can help and it won't cost you any money.  

The Eastside Community Ministry is giving away prom dresses to area high school students in Muskingum County.

"Senior year in general is very expensive for families and parents with senior pictures and proms and graduations, so this is just one of the ways that we can help ease that financial burden," said Development Director Joey Osborne.

Osborne said on the day...

March 18, 2011 - 12:12pm
3 years 16 weeks ago

It's time to find the biggest tree in Muskingum County...

The Annual Big Tree Contest, sponsored through the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District, is open to the public. Agriculture and Wildlife Specialist Ryan Fink says this contest is a way to get residents in Muskingum County interested in some of their property and score the big trees in the county. Fink gives a hint as to where you may find larger trees.

"They tend to be located out of the human influence,...

March 7, 2011 - 7:02pm
3 years 18 weeks ago

An area club is being recognized by the Muskingum County Commissioners.

The commissioners have declared March 6th-12th as Ohio 4-H week. They believe the program has contributed to the growth and development of the state's youth.

"We're just very blessed in this county to have that kind of support, they support us in a lot of different ways and without them we wouldn't be able to function," said Extension Educator Vicky Reed.

All week long area members will...

March 7, 2011 - 6:37pm
3 years 18 weeks ago

The budget for Muskingum County has been finalized for 2011.

County Commissioner Jerry Lavy said they had to make cuts based on revenue generated from last year and this year.

"We worked as diligently as we could to get it down to where we needed to be because you obviously can't spend more than what you bring in because we're mandated by law to have a balanced budget," said Lavy.

He said no lay-offs or furlough days are being implemented and department services...

March 4, 2011 - 9:30pm
3 years 18 weeks ago

Detentions, suspensions, and boot camp? Muskingum County Schools are now offering parents an alternative form of discipline for their children. 

"We call it diversion weekend because we want to divert them from the activities that got them into trouble in the first place," said Co-director Steve Kish.

The 15 students in attendance Friday night, are here for a variety of reasons: from truancy and bullying, to drug trafficking and fighting.

"It seems to me...

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