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...
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.
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,...
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...
The Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency acts as a watchdog that is prepared to assist during weather storms.
Director Bo Keck says his day starts early when he receives notifications through his cell phone of any weather watches or warnings. Next, he goes onto a computer to check the United States Geological Survey in order to view the water levels for all the waterways in our area. Keck says it's crucial to watch these different levels.