Monday, March 31, 2014


As part of the OUZ Zane State Public Safety week, Medflight 6 out of McConalsville made an appearance. Students attended the presentation to ask questions, learn about Medflight, the challenges of working in a critical emergency, as well as the experience needed to work in a mobile intensive care unit.

"Medflight has a ground side where we have our own ambulances, nurses and paramedics can work in that area for a little while and get more experience working in emergency situations and then once they meet those certain requirements of Medflight, then they can move on to the rotor side and come flying with us," said Kurt Johnson, Pilot for Medflight 6 out of McConnelsville, OH.

There are nine emergency helicopters in the state of Ohio. Crews rotate but consist of a pilot, paramedic and a nurse. The crew presenting today consisted of Paramedic Amanda Hite, Nurse Sally Bets, and Pilot Kurt Johnson.

"I don't go to work, I go and do my hobby. I love what I do," said Johnson. "I love the people that I work with, the company that I work for. Metro aviation and medflight are fantastic companies to work for. I just love it. This is where I go to relax when I go to work which is strange. You know the old saying is 'if you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life' I've got that job, and I love every minute of it. "

Medflight crew members go though intense training and have extensive experience in order to treat critical patients. To learn more about the medflight operations in Ohio, you can visit

Sunday, March 30, 2014


A lengthy legal and political battle looms after Regional Director Peter Sung Ohr grants Northwestern University college ball players the right to unionize.
For years college athletes have received compensation for their talents through scholarships. Ohr's decision to compensate players as school employees stems from the restrictions the school places on players, as well as the time players spend on training and games.
"I just think student athletes need a voice. And right now they don't have a voice," said Roy Hall, former Ohio State University football player. "So I think the biggest part right now is getting leverage to go to the table and say 'hey, this is a multi-billion dollar business, this NCAA non-profit organization. How can we better fit the student athletes of 2014 in going forward?' versus using the same rules from the 60s or the 70s."
Northwestern football players plan to even the playing ground between the sports business that United States colleges have created using unpaid athletes by building a nationwide union of college athletes titled the 'College Athletes Players Association'.
"It's very difficult as a student athlete to see 100,000 people with your jersey on and you have to pay $60 for your own jersey. And you're not seeing any of those sales from those jerseys. So that likeness in using players to benefit the NCAA without them getting benefits is very unfair," said Hall. " I don't knock the NCAA, it's a very sensitive situation. However the way that the players are going about it, not getting in the media and bashing anyone but doing it through the legal system and allowing it to take care of itself, I think is the best way to go about it."
The National Labor Relations Board's deliberations over Northwestern's appeal could take months. If Northwestern loses before the NLRB, it could take its case to Federal court.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Former OSU football players and community members in Perry County faced off on the basket ball court today all for a good cause.
The Driven Foundation as well as a local committee put on a Community Charity Basketball Game today at New Lexington High School. Proceeds from the event benefited the Perry County food bank, humane society, dog shelter as well as the Orange and Black Boosters and The Driven Foundation.
Committee members consisted of Roy Hall, Jeanie Addington, Tonya Sherburne, Hayley Weiland, Doug Shepherd, Dustin Addington, James Stutzman, Donald Ellis and Kenneth Spencer.
" We have twelve community members of either past basket ball players or just people that are very well known even for playing foot ball here at our school," said Jeanette Addington, Treasurer of the Orange and Black Boosters. "They will be combined in teams with Ohio State players, and I think we're going to see some excitement on the court, to actually get to see Ohio State players, and get to see some of our community just having fun."
The Driven Foundation focuses on "purposeful versatility" and ways to give back to various communities. They have worked with food outreaches, birthday parties for children who leave children's hospital, as well as charity football and basket ball games.
"All of us have a story, everyone has some type of challenge in their life, and if they don't think they have challenges, then they know someone who's going through some challenges. Whether it be financially, with relationships or marriage whatever it is, a lot of it stems from a lack of something," said Roy Hall, former OSU football player and President of the Driven Foundation. "So we try to identify what it is that's lacking in a particular area or particular community. Needs are always evolving and changing."
Proceeds were collected from the pre-game meal, player autographs, 50-50 tickets, as well as a raffle. We will have the outcome of the game tonight on the 11 o'clock news. 
To learn more about The Driven Foundation, you can find them on Facebook or Twitter or at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Seven area fire departments responded to a house fire early this morning in Perry County 
The family-built home located at 3147 Cooperriders Road, just North West of Somerset, belonged to Jim and Judy Vatter. Somerset, Thornville, Thirsten, Millersport, Licking, National Trails, and Hopewell Township fire departments as well as the State Fire Marshal and the Red Cross were on scene.
"When I arrived on scene, the Fire Chief introduced me to the family. I started chatting with them a little bit, and realized that they had lots of family around them, support from the fire department, relatives on the fire department that were there ready to assist them immediately," said  Martha Staley, Red Cross Community Disaster Educator.
Members of the Hopewell Township Fire Department said when they arrived, the addition was engulfed. Their initial attack was to use the deck gun on one of the engines. An interior attack was also used to extinguish the flames. Relatives of the home owners were volunteers at the Hopewell department and responded to the scene to both assist the fire fight and their family.
"They pretty much had a plan in place, they had a place there on the property to stay so it's always good to know that sometimes people already have the things that they need or have that support system in place," said Staley. 
There were no family or pets injured in the fire. Family members speculate the dryer was the cause of the fire but the official cause is still under investigation.


A rare children's disease is gaining recognition in South East Ohio and bringing families together.  
Jeff Cirner and Caitlin Shumaker are two strangers who share experiences with RCDP, a rare genetic disorder that shortens limbs and disturbs bone formation in children. Jeff is raising two children who are beating the odds and fighting RCDP
"They did a skin biopsy and they sent it off to John's Hopkins, and they came back and they said 'Your son has a very rare genetic disorder. It's called Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata.' And they said 'To be honest with you we don't even know too much about it. All we know is a lot of children unfortunately typically only live to the age of one or two," said Jeff Cirner, Father of Jake and Jordyn two RDCP Children.
Jeff's children are now 11 and 8 years old. Caitlin Shumaker however has a childhood friend, Colby, who is raising Sophia, an 11 month old with the same disease. Caitlin is moved by her friend's strength and is raising awareness in our area through a local fundraiser, Sophia's Supporters.
"People should get more involved because there are so many rare diseases that children are suffering from everyday, it should be more publicized," said Caitlin Shumaker, Sophia's Supporters Coordinator.
The fundraiser will take place at the Moose Lodge in Coshocton on May 31st from 10am-5pm. There will be crafters, venders, a silent auction, and a 50-50 raffle. Proceeds will go toward the RHIZO Kids Foundation as well as Sophia's Supporters. If you would like more information on RCDP please visit the RHIZO Kids Foundation at
For more information on the Sophia's Supporters Fundraiser please call Caitlin Shumaker at 740-796-3776


The 6th Annual Y Bridge Festival is looking for artists to take part in their event this August 1st and 2nd. 
The new deadline for artists to register for the event is April 30th. New artists will be juried in. Artists who have participated in the previous five festivals are automatically invited.
"We are looking for artists, visual artists, working in all medias, we are also looking for food venders, performers, musicians, bands, we're having a full program," said Linda Regula, Co-Director of the Y Bridge Arts Festival. "It brings people into our downtown. I want our downtown to prosper, to thrive, and when you have anywhere from five to eight thousand people coming in on a weekend, they eat in restaurants, they buy gas, they stay in hotels, they shop, and they bring money into our local economy."
Regional, state, and national artists are all welcome. There is a $75 booth fee. There will be a best of show competition with a $500 first prize. This year, there will also be a special collaborative exhibit by artists to honor veterans.
If you would like more information on the Y Bridge Festival or on how to sign up, you can visit or call 740-588-0537.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Scholarship Central at the Muskingum County Community Foundation has their own "March Madness" going on this week.
Next Tuesday, April 1st is the deadline for those students wishing to apply for scholarship opportunities. The MCCF has extended their hours from 4 to 7 PM for this Wednesday and Thursday, as well as next Monday and Tuesday. No appointments necessary.
"Students can come in and get the help for filling out the applications. Anything from reviewing essays to helping them figure out answering the questions, to helping them sort out which application they should do next," said Heather Sands, Director of College Access Programs.
The online application process is simple. For community foundation scholarships, once you fill out one application, you're done. Your information is saved and can be applied toward however many scholarships you would like.
"We have applications for aything from the Grant Hickman Scholarship, which is very broad and students in Muskingum and surrounding counties can actually apply to that, to the Bucci-Dietz Art Scholarship. We have scholarships for every major, every GPA. Whether your currently in college or a current high school senior," said Sands.
For a complete description of each scholarship application or fund, please e-mail or visit


The mumps outbreak in Franklin County has jumped from 16 cases to 69 confirmed cases.
Of the confirmed cases, 52 are linked to Ohio State University students between ages 18-48. The remaining cases are confined to residents in Frankin county between the ages of 4 to 50. The mumps is spread the same way as the flu. Coughing and sharing saliva as well as any kind of respiratory secretions.
"Right now, as of today we don't have any confirmed cases of mumps in Mukingum county or any of the other surrounding counties in our area such as Morgan, Coshocton, or Perry. Noble, Gurnsey, none of them have any confirmed cases of mumps at this time," said Kristen Baker, South East Regional Epidemiologist.
To keep our area healthy and to prevent an epidemic,  practice good cough etiquette, stay away from ill people, and wash your hands regularly. Although, vaccines are 80 to 90 percent effective, you should still check with your physician to see if you are up to date on your vaccinations.
"Getting the vaccine helps, children, most of them received the MMR when they're young and they receive the booster shot when they are between 4 and 6 when they're getting ready to go into Kindergarten. There are certain populations that we do recommend they check with their physician because they might be in need of a booster shot or of receiving their MMR," said Baker.
The CDC recommends that any one born before 1957 check with their physician to see if they have anti-bodies against the mumps. Those born before 1979 were treated with a different form of the vaccine and may need to have updated treatment. Students commuting to the Ohio State University campus may need a booster shot to prevent spreading.
For more information on the mumps and how to keep our area mumps free, visit the center for disease control at their website or call 800-cdc-info. You can also visit the The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department at their

Monday, March 24, 2014


The Zanesville Memorial Concert Band is gearing up for another hot summer concert season, but they are in need of your support.
After the merger of the 7th Regiment and Armco bands in 1923, the Zanesville Memorial Concert Band was formed. Since then they have promoted the arts and music within our schools and the community. This will be the 91st year of the band performances.
 "We have our special concerts this year, of course around July 4th we do a lot of patriotic type music. We are planning a children's concert for the second performance this year, and also kind of a Christmas in July concert, which is going to be a lot of fun," said Jeff Roquemore
Artistic Director, ZMCB.

Programs are featured to include marches, jazz, Broadway, movie themes, as well as classical pieces. Concerts will be held along the Muskingum river at Zane's Landing Park. As always, you're encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics for a family friendly evening of entertainment.
"That's our main mission, is to give free concerts in the city parks during the summer months. And of course we do more. We try to be involved in any way possible in other community events such as the Dancing Divas and the Genesis Tree of Life," said Roquemore.

The Zanesville Memorial Concert Band is in need of support from both local officials as well as residents. If you would like to donate to the band and help keep the free summer concert program going, you can find a link to their donation form at


The Muskingum Recreational Center located on the OUZ campus introduced its first phase of opening today.
The fitness side of the facility opened it's doors to members of the previous Genesis Lifestyle and Fitness Center, as well as over 300 donors that helped to make the new facility possible.
"We have our exercise floor open as well as the locker room area, steam rooms, saunas, they're open. We don't have the pools open yet. So our lap pool and our activity pool we're still waiting on some inspections for that " said Beth Chapman, Executive Director. "
Executive Director Chapman says they hope to have the pools open to members by the end of the week, but is very satisfied with the new equipment, renovations, and overall feel of the new building.
"What I love about this facility is just the openness of it. There is a lot of natural light. We've brought the outside in through our natural light and all the windows, so it's really nice to be able to see the out doors while your inside working out or walking on the track.We've added a lot of cardiovascular equipment, new peices and new manufactures of equipment. So we have a wide variety of different types of cardio equipment, as well as strength training equipment."
Individuals from Ohio University-Zanesville, Genesis Healthcare System, Muskingum County Community Foundation, and The Muskingum Family came together to form a partnership and work collaboratively to finally make this Aquatic/Recreation Center a reality for the community.
The Muskingum Recreational Center will be open to the general public starting monday March 31st. The second phase will be completed at the end of April and will include the gymnasium, new basketball, volleyball, and events arena.


Ohio University faculty and staff welcomed a new dean to the Zanesville campus today.
Dr. Jenifer Cushman joins Ohio University from Juniata College in Huntindon, PA where she served as Dean of International Education and Associate Professor of German for seven years. A native of West Virginia, she is excited to have moved to such as historic part of Ohio.

"I've lived in Ohio a couple of different times in my life, and it's an area, especially Eastern Ohio, that feels like home to me. It's only about two hours north of where I grew up in Riply, WV. I think that the town itself has a lot to offer. I like the fact that there's this sort of artist heritage and there seem to be a lot of events happening that we're looking forward to, my family and I," said Cushman.
Before holding her position at Juniata, Cushman served as the Director of Off Campus Study at the College of Wooster for two years. Prior to that, she was also a faculty member in German at the University of Minnesota Morris, first serving as Assistant then Associate Professor of German.
Having earned her doctorate from Ohio State University in Germanic Languages and Literature, Dr. Cushman looks forward to bringing new ideas for collaboration and innovative education initiatives as well as creating connections between the classroom and real life experiences.
"As we think about the Association of American Colleges and Universities' ideas about how 21st century curriculum should be, it's important to think about education as a holistic experience in terms of 'how do we connect what we learn in the classroom with whats happening in the world? How do we prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century?'" said Cushman. "It's our responsibility as educators to make sure that the students make those connections and that they are able to use what they learn in higher education daily. Both in their jobs, and also as citizens in a democratic society."
 Although it's only her first day, Cushman has already witnessed the strong commitment to the institution and the process of learning conveyed by her coworkers. Having traveled to exotic parts of the world, such as Australia and Central China, Cushman has experienced several cultures and languages. She is motivated to bring her perspective on the world and higher education to the OUZ campus.


The Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for new volunteers.
Volunteers with the Red Cross make up 94% of the work force. In order to spread the word on the countless opportunities available, the Red Cross will be holding a meeting at their building on 7th street Tuesday night, March 25th.
"We are having an information only meeting for anyone who would like to become a volunteer to come to the office. We're going to be going over all the opportunities that are available," said Marlene Henderson, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Muskingum Valley. "It's everything from working here in the office to eventually being deployed out on a national disaster...There are just so many great opportunities with the Red Cross. You can come in on a daily basis, a weekly basis, whatever time commitment you want, that would fit right in to what we're looking for also"
At the meeting, attendees will also have the chance to ask staff and other volunteers about their experiences and learn about the training for several positions.
The meeting runs from 6-7:30 PM. Anyone interested in learning about becoming a Red Cross volunteer is invited to attend. To RSVP and for questions, please call the Red Cross 740-452-2731. You can also visit their website at

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Organizations around town are finding creative ways to educate the public on eating right for National Nutrition Month.
The women, infants and children branch of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department hosted Corporate Chef Bill Bird this afternoon for a cooking demonstration. Bird reinforced this years theme "Enjoy The Taste Of Eating Right" values of eating right and ways to make healthy food taste great.

"The menu today," said Corporate Chef Bill Bird of Zandex Healthcare, "we're doing a bean and tomato and corn salsa. We're doing a chicken bite made with corn flake crumbs, we're doing a spinach dip that's going to be hot and cold.We're going to do a smoothie, a couple of smoothies, and we're going to do some pancakes that are going to be a crumb pancake. You make the pancake batter and you fold some cereal into it with some fruit, so you're getting all of the stuff in one entree kind of like"

Bird oversees all eight of the Zandex long term healthcare facilities. He has a passion for food service and serving people.
"Well I worked in kitchens for 46 years and it's just one of those things I fell in love with. As a child I would always cook with my grandmothers and all of that. I like the pace of the business. I like the instant gratification. I fix something, I hand it to you and you enjoy it," said Bird.
WIC provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, education and support to women who are pregnant or mothers of infants and children under the age of 5 years. If you would like to learn more about WIC you can thier website at


The ongoing search for the Zanesville Public Service Director has come to an end.
Since Mayor Jeff Tilton took office in January 2012, Zanesville has seen the demotion of Mike Sims as well as the hiring and firing of James Sawyer, all in the effort to find the most suitable Public Service Director. Today Mayor Tilton announced that Zanesville native, Jay Bennett, is returning to town to take on the position of Public Service and Community Development Director.
"I grew up with Jay. I've known him and the family ever since I was a little kid," said City Mayor Jeff Tilton. "I knew Jay when he was here before and I did some projects with him at that time. That was before I was even on council. We worked on some projects together and I just like his ethics. He's a real people person, he's very active in the community. He was before, I know that he will be again. He gets along with people. He knows the job and what he's getting into. He will be a great fit "

Bennett Held the Position of Service Director from April 1996 to June 2001. since Then, He Has Been An Administrator in Oakridge, Oregon, a Public Works Director in Pacific, Washington, as Well as a Community Services Manager in Federal Way, Washington.
Bennett held the position of Service Director from April 1996 to June 2001. Since then, he has been an Administrator in Oakridge, Oregon, a Public Works Director in Pacific, Washington, as Well as a Community Services Manager in Federal Way, Washington. Tilton believes that his strong abilities to lead will help the town reach long awaited goals
"We want to get where we have a plan in place," said Mayor Tilton. "We want a five year plan. And that's something that hasn't happened here in the last few years. So that's something we're working on right now. And as soon as he gets on board and settled then we will begin that process."
Bennett has a positive record of overseeing programs and projects from conception to completion as well as a strong and gifted ability to lead and reach goals. Acting Public Service Director Chip Saunders will return to his position as City Engineer. Bennett is expected to take office April 28th.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Four area fire departments responded to the scene of  a house fire in Newtown Township this afternoon..
The fire was called in by a neighbor who witnessed smoke pouring out of windows of the home next door at 2775 Thompson Run Road.
South Zanesville, Roseville, Falls Township, and Newton Township fire departments responded to the call and contained the fire to a few rooms within the house. No one was home at the time of the fire.

"The house has suffered a lot of smoke damage as well as fire damage in a couple rooms. We are still investigating to see the extent of damages," said Captain Josh Bryan of the Newton Township Fire Department.

The warmer temperatures today as well as the amount of smoke from the flames made for a challenging fight on behalf of the fire fighters.

"The crews did have to search to find the fire itself. There was a lot of heavy smoke. It made visibility very poor. So they had to get inside to see the fire," said Captain Bryan.
No one was injured during the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


The ongoing winter like temperatures this year could be to blame for more viral infections.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says they are seeing  increasing visits to the ER for ear, nose, throat, and upper respiratory symptoms as well as stomach virus this year as opposed to last year.

"We've had a colder and a harsher winter than we usually do so people are spending more time inside. They're coming in contact with more people and because of that, they're exposed to more germs. This increases their likelihood of becoming infected with an  upper respiratory infection like a cold or with a stomach virus like the Norovirus," said Regional Epidemiologist Kristen Baker. "With a lot of these colds and a lot of the stomach viruses like Norovirus you get them once and you can get them again because it doesn't necessarily mean that you're immune to every strand that's out there."
Many people are taking to twitter instead of taking the time to rest. Increasing numbers of people are going to work and even posting on social media about their illnesses instead of staying home and treating their symptoms. Because of this, symptoms can last longer and other illnesses can result.

"What we're seeing is people are coming down with illnesses and they're not taking the time to get better and then they end up having it for longer. So you need to take time initially because it's what you're body needs most, is rest," said Baker. " We alsorecommend exercising and eating right in order to prevent getting any kind of illness. There's about 200 different types of viruses that can cause upper respiratory symptoms. It can cause anything from cold to bronchitis to sinusitis to ear infections. It just depends on how it enters your body and where it effects you."

A bronchitis cough can last up to eight weeks while a stomach virus can last from two to three and in some cases up to ten days. Because there is no vaccine or treatment for viruses, doctors recommend you treat your symptoms with over the counter medicines, stay hydrated with fluids like pedialite to replenish electrolites, and as always regularly wash your hands.

Monday, March 17, 2014


The Follies Family variety show is returning to the stage at Secrest Auditorium this Friday and Saturday.
The new non-profit Follies Family event is appropriatly titled "The Show Must Go On". Originally the Zaney Follys, the event has been running for 25 years and is fashioned off the style of the Ziegfeld Follies variety show back in the 1920s.

"They can expect a good two hour fun filled show of song and dance, and people from the community doing things that you just might not expect to see them doing on stage," said Ann Combs, Manager of Secrest and Follies Family Trustee. "We're talking sign, dance, skits, fun, laughs,great entertainment, great local entertainment, all put together for a wonderful, wonderful, cause. So it's really something that you don't want to miss."

Local talent and volunteers put on the event and all  proceeds from the show benefit Genesis Hospice.

"What I love about the Follies Family is that it brings some of the most talented people in our community together for the purpose of helping those in need at their end of life care," said Combs. "With some of those that don't have any funding, Genesis Hospice is wonderful to make sure that anyone in our community that needs help during that crucial time is taken care of. And we want to make sure that those services continue in our community".

Ticket prices range from $10-$15. All seats are reserved. You can purchase tickets at the Secrest Auditorium box office Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, online at, or at Ticket Crush on Maple Ave. Show times are 8 PM this Friday March 21st as well as 2PM and  8 PM this Saturday March 22nd.


The Muskingum County Commissioners passed a resolution to grant an enterprise zone agreement with "New Wayne Manufacturing".

Mike Jacoby of the the Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority visited the Commissioners office this Monday afternoon to see to the approval. Wayne Manufacturing specializes in commercial and industrial custom steel fabrication.

"They are expanding and building a new facility in the South Zanesville area. South Zanesville just approved the exemption so they brought it to the Commissioners for our approval," said Muskingum County Commissioner Jerry L. Lavy.

The building for the new facility is expected begin in about 30 days. At least four new employees will also be added to New Wayne Manufacturing staff. Wayne Manufacturing is committed to providing their customers with the highest quality fabricated structural steel at the most affordable prices.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority has fostered and supported the location, development and growth of numerous companies creating thousands of jobs in our community.


A fire which broke out this morning in Duncan Falls caused considerable damage for homeowner Doug Irvin.
Around 9:45 am Harrison and Wayne Township firefighters responded to a house fire at 4160 Salt Creek Dr.

"There was smoke just pouring out of the house at all locations, and the crew that made entry into the first floor discovered that there was a hole burnt into the floor," said Wayne Township-Duncan Falls Fire Chief Don Alexander. "It appears it started in the wood burning furnace type area in the basement and it burnt up through the floor and walls of the house.The wood burner provided heat to the entire house. It had duct work running from it. So naturally it sent the smoke everywhere in the house too".

Homeowners were not present at the time of the fire. Chief Alexander says the damages are repairable. The family dog was unfortunately lost in the fire.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Although the Rosecrans High School ladies basketball team didn't come home with the State Title this afternoon, the community still celebrated the team's achievements.
Family, friends, and team members gathered at Rogge Gymnasium to celebrate their season and accomplishments.
"These girls have accomplished so much over their 4 year career and they won ECOL three years, they've lost two games this year, three games last year, and four games the year before, so they got better every year," said Gale Kirkbride, Girls Varsity Coach. "I'm really happy for them."
The team prayed and thanked God for an awesome season. Speeches were given and seniors reflected back on their past four years.
"It was just a great experience, and i couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to do it with, an amazing coach and fans and everyone," said Team Captain and Senior, Molly Nash. "To end my career here at this point was great. I couldn't have asked for anything better. "
Great job Lady Bishops. You gave a good fight at the State Finals and we hope you take the title next year. 


The 12th Annual "Lucky Gloves" Amateur Boxing Classic was held today at the Zanesville Police Athletic League facility.
National Champions were brought in to fight their own in the USA boxing sanctioned competition. Feature fights included hometown sensations, such as Zakery Rollins.
"I've boxed all over the country. I've been to California, to Texas, over to West Virginia," said World Champion and PAL Boxer Rollins.  "Right now I'm going out to Mid-east for power line and I've got a choice between power line and boxing. And I'm leaning more toward the boxing part."
The Zanesville PAL organization is a non-profit that offers all it's programs free of charge to area youth. Funding for the program comes through grants, donations, and events such as the Lucky Gloves competition.
"To see the dedication that these boys and girls put into this there's nothing better. You couldn't ask for anything better," said PAL Coach David Chambers. "The kids they put the work in, they bust their butt for you every day, you get to meet them when they're adults and you just have nothing but respect for them."
If you are interested in supporting Zanesville PAL or would like more information on the organization you can visit the website or call 740-450-8245

Friday, March 14, 2014

Pie and St. Patrick

So Saint Patrick's Day is Monday the 17th...but looks like a lot of people are celebrating today. Growing up, my mom would always make corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Occasionally we would make a neighbor party out of it too. I love my Irish heritage. Now if I could only bring myself to go to the grocery store for corned beef and cabbage....
I find that in the Month of March I'll turn on my U2 top 20 and Celtic Worship just out of the spirit of the "Irish" season...just something I've always done.

Today also happens to be 3.14. Pi Day! I have three bananas perfect for baking in the kitchen and I stumbled across this Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie recipe.

1 (9 inch) pie crusts, baked
3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoonsalt
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons  butter
1 teaspoon  vanilla
3 bananas


 1 Have baked 9-inch pie shell ready.

2 In a large saucepan, scald the milk.

3 In another saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in the scalded milk.

4 Over medium heat, stirring constantly, cook until thickened.

5 Cover and, stirring occasionally, cook for two minutes longer.

6 In a small bowl, have the 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten, ready; stir a small amount of the hot mixture into beaten yolks; when thoroughly combined, stir yolks into hot mixture.

7 Cook for one minute longer, stirring constantly.

8 Remove from heat and blend in the butter and vanilla.

9 Let sit until lukewarm.

10 When ready to pour, slice bananas and scatter in pie shell; pour warm mixture over bananas.

11 If desired, make a meringue (you'll have 3 leftover egg whites) to top the pie, or just let the pie cool until serving.

Not really up for messing up my kitchen with pots, pans, and bowls on my day let's just blog about it and pretend I did.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department has received a $42,000 grant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Muskingum County Sheriffs Office applied for the grant based on the number of fatal crashes on local roads as well as the number of partnerships within our community. Between 2011 and 2013 there were 30 fatal crashes in Muskingum county as well as 127 serious injury cases.
With the grant, the ZMCHD and Ohio State Highway Patrol will focus on planning and conducting activities to provide education on traffic safety; including motorcycle safety, seat belt usage, as well as impaired and alcohol related crashes.
"You will probably see us out at different community events and health fairs to provide information to the community regarding why it's important to be buckled up why it's important to reduce your speed, to not do things in the car that will distract your driving, and not drive while you're impaired," said Kristina Bell, Health Educator for ZMCHD. "You'll hear public service announcements on the radio, you'll see us doing different interviews on the news and other places to get information out, we're going to work with schools especially focusing on prom season and homecoming season."

The grant is in partnership with the Muskingum County Safe Community Coalitions which will meet quarterly to review and decrease the number of fatal and serious crashes on our local roads. To find more information on the traffic safety initiatives planned you can visit Zanesville Muskingum County Health at


We normally THINK green in March, but the Ohio Health Department along with Help Me Grow is reminding families to EAT their greens and make healthy choices.
The month of March is National Nutrition Month. Along with promoting fruits and vegetables, Help Me Grow is recognizing March as the time to evaluate eating habits and to make positive adjustments to physical activity.
"Every year there's a different theme and this years theme is enjoy the taste of eating right and basically what that transpires to is you can have your cake and eat it too, all good things fit," said Claire Gately, Registered Dietitian. "If you're familiar with the plate method of eating that's the newest thing people look at these days. What it basically represents is half your plate should be fruits and vegetables, and then a quarter of your plate should be grains, preferably whole grains, and then a quarter of your plate lean protein sources."

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Week in 1973 which later became National Nutrition Month in 1980 to educate the public to make informed health choices. Help Me Grow is reinforcing the initiative by educating moms and children next week.
"We are having Bill Bird, Corporate Chef from Zandex Healthcare, come next week and he is doing a cooking demonstration for our participants, so we look forward to that to show people that, yes, you can eat well and it can taste good" said Gately.
If you would like to learn more about National Nutrition Month or about Help Me Grow and events coming up to promote health you can call Help Me Grow at 740-454-5040 or visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at


Country music star Neal McCoy is making his way back to the Zanesville area this April. McCoy along with local band DoubleCut will perform at Secrest Auditorium on Saturday April 12th at 7pm.

"Neal's one that is just a really great entertainer. He's had a ton of songs, 34 different singles have charted on country charts. But he's one that we were consistently hearing from folks in Zanesville, 'when is Neal McCoy coming back into town?'," said Darren Tigner with Dusty Guitar Promotions. "It's be over ten to fifteen years ago since he's been back in town, so we're really excited to have him back. It's a really really big show."

Mccoy has been working with other country stars on his newest single "A-OK" and has an exciting tour planned this summer.

"It's actually a single that was helped produced by Blake Shelton, obviously popular on The Voice. So Blake and Neal were able to put this together, and Neal is actually going out on tour this coming summer with Blake Shelton so it's a really cool thing. It's kind of his newer song, A-OK. And it's a very typical Neal. Kinda relax and smile. It's a really really neat song," said Tigner.
Originally from Texas, McCoy's popularity in Ohio has grown through his performances yearly at 'Jamboree in the Hills' outside of Cambridge.
"Anybody that's been to those concerts knows that he's kinda famous and they bring him back every year because he does all these crazy things and he's climbing up on scaffolding and he interacts with the crowd and he's down in the crowd talking," said Tigner. "He's just that kind of an entertainer."
The doors for the April event are going to open up at 5:30PM for a single acoustic act out of Nashville which will be playing down in the concessions area for the first hour, and then they'll play from 6-7PM. DoubleCut comes on at 7PM, and then McCoy will take the stage at 8PM.
Tickets for the April show go on sale this Friday March 14th at 9AM. Ticket prices range from $20-39 and can be purchased at or by calling the Secrest box office at 740-454-6851.


A local hero has been nominated and is in the running for a National award.

Major, a service dog for retired Marine Corps Veteran McGlade, was rescued from a hoarding situation in Detroit in May of 2011. Since his rescue, he has undergone training with Stiggy's Dogs.
Stiggy’s Dogs is a nonprofit organization that provides military veterans living with PTSD and TBI another method of healing through service and companion dogs. It was founded to carry on the compassion toward animals and life work of HM3 Benjamin “Doc Stiggy” Castiglione who gave his life while caring for his soldiers as a Navy Corpsman in Afghanistan in September 2009. Stiggy's works to keep taking care of ALL veterans in Doc Stiggy’s name. By doing this, they continue their motto: rescuing one to rescue another.
Major has been serving McGlade since they met in August of 2012. He is described as having a laid back personality, but is very keen and aware of his responsibilities and training.
"Not only do I have PTSD but I also have a traumatic brain injury," said United States Marine Corps Veteran Terrance McGlade. "I was on like fifteen different medications before I got him and now I'm down to three...Major hasn't just helped me, he is also a rescue therapy dog for Nationwide Children's Hospital. So I take him up there to the cancer ward and let the kids visit with him."

 McGlade is proud of Major for representing  Zanesville as well as veterans from our area in the running. The first round of voting ends April 23rd. To vote for Major to become the National Hero Dog you can visit the link provided below.
Vote Major as the National Hero Dog

McGlade is also collecting donations to purchase another dog from Stiggy's Dogs in honor of Zanesville. He would like to help out someone locally or another veteran in need. To donate for McGlade's cause you can reach him at or 740-319-4134

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


A confirmed mumps outbreak on the the Ohio State campus is causing growing concern to the surrounding areas.

Sixteen confirmed mumps cases were reported this morning, and with students on spring break, health officials fear the outbreak could spread to surrounding areas.

"Usually with outbreaks, breaks are good because it allows the infectious agent to go away," said Kristen Baker,South East Regional Epidemiologist. "However, because mumps has such a long incubation period, they're figuring that this outbreak will actually last longer now that people are on spring break. They're returning home and could infect other people."

The long incubation period for mumps means anyone could be carrying the virus and not show symptoms for up to 25 days. During this period they can still be spreading and infecting people they come in contact with.
The mumps is spread the same way as the flu. Coughing and sharing saliva as well as any kind of respiratory secretions. Practice good cough etiquette, stay away from ill people, and wash your hands regularly to help prevent the mumps.

Mumps is covered in the standard MMR immunization, however, you can still contract a less severe case of the virus. There is no treatment for the disease. Doctors recommend isolation and seclusion during the infectious period of the virus.
For more information on the mumps, visit the Center for Disease Control website at or call 800-CDC-INFO.

Monday, March 10, 2014


The turn of the season has many thinking about their lawns and what to plant in their gardens this Spring.
Harsh Winter weather takes a toll on outdoor plants and gardens. At this point in season,  snow melt still has the ground soaked in areas. Our region is also still susceptible to an occasional freeze.
"Don't work soil yet, it's still too wet, so we need to let that soil dry out," said Mark Mechling, Extension Educator of Muskingum County. "Don't plant tender plants yet, it's much too early to be planting any perennials and annuals."
The month of March is usually a good time to begin assessing your lawn and plan an approach to clean up areas surrounding your home.
"One thing people could do right now is start raking their yard and getting rid of that winter debris that's accumulated," said Mechling. "Another thing people could do right now now is prune their plants. Plants are still dormant. They have not started growing yet. So people could look to see how they might shape their plants up a little bit after winter, remove any broken branches that are maybe in the way of the sidewalk or rubbing against the house, and begin to limit the size and shape of a plant."
As the warm up continues this month,  stock your lawn supplies, prepare your tools, and in keep in mind that it is best to seed lawns the first week of April.


The results from The State of Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 2013 have come in and there are strong similarities shown in local surveys conducted in Muskingum County.The state survey was conducted to assess health risks and behaviors in six categories; unintentional injury,violence, tobacco, alcohol, drug use, sexual behavior and disease, dietary behaviors, as well as physical inactivity.
" We now have a really good picture of our youth. Our community organization, our schools, can now say 'hey, we need to concentrate our efforts here instead of an area that really doesn't need to be addressed'," said Steve Carrel, CEO of  Muskingum Behavioral Health. "Our next phase for our survey is to contact the schools and talk with them about what the results mean to them, and see if there are things we can help them with. We've already started generating some ideas of low cost no cost."

Areas of student behavior that need improvement include healthy snacking, more exercise, as well as distractions behind the wheel.

 "We have more young people wearing seat belts, but we also have more young people texting while they're driving. That kind of equates to im going to be safer in the crash that I'm going to have," said Carrel.

The Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey is part of a Nationwide surveying effort conducted every two years in a sample of high schools across the state.

Here are some of the results from the state wide survey.
As reported in the Executive Summary, the following are the Key 2013 Findings:

(* = 2003)

·The percentage of students who reported rarely or never wearing a seatbelt (8.4) significantly decreased over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students that reported current alcohol use (29.5) significantly decreased over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported having sexual intercourse over the past 30 days significantly decreased since 2011. (31.0 during the past 3 months and 43.0 ever)
·The percentage of students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day over the past seven days (19.3) has significantly increased since 2007.
·The percentage of students who reported drinking no soda or pop over the past seven days (27.6) increased significantly since 2007 and 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported using prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s prescription one or more times during their life (12.8) decreased significantly since 2011.
·The percentage of students who made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse (1.4) decreased significantly over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who reported any cocaine use (3.8) decreased significantly over time*.

(* = 2003)
·45.6 percent of students who drive a car reported texting or emailing while driving during the past 30 days.
·The percentages of students who have been bullied on school property (20.8) and electronically (15.1) both have remained steady since 2011.
·The percentage of students who used some form of tobacco during the past 30 days (21.7) has remained steady since 2011.·The percentage of students who have used marijuana one or more times in their life (35.7) has remained steady since 2011.
·The percentages of students who were overweight (15.9) and obese (13.0) both have remained steady over time* and since 2011.
·The percentage of students who played video or computer games or used a computer for something that was not school related three or more hours per day on the average school day (37.3) increased significantly since 2007 and since 2011.
·26.4 percent of students reported getting eight or more hours of sleep on an average school night, no change since 2011.
·26.6 percent of Ohio high school students reported eating at least one meal or snack from a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell, or KFC on three or more days during the past week.
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Hundreds of  youth  from Muskingum County schools spent the morning at Secrest Auditorium learning about music and the arts.The Zanesville Concert Association held their annual concert for students with special guest David Tolley, a well known musician and composer. Tolly's musical ability and success relayed the importance of musical education and opportunity.

"Our performer is from Ohio and was discovered on The Tonight Show. So it's sort of, if you've prepared yourself and you're ready, and the opportunity comes and you take the opportunity, you have a career," said Jim Mclaughlin,ZCA Board Member. "Of course in these economic times there's the temptation to cut back the arts. So we want to herald keeping the arts in schools. And then also for those kids who have music this is an opportunity for them to find the next level of performance."

A few students and teachers had the opportunity to sing on stage with Tolley's accompaniment. The ZCA recognizes the importance of musical education.

"Its a tremendous blessing. The research is out that the people who get the best grades in school are in the arts," said Mclaughlin. "This is a free event to the schools. The Zanesville Concert Association provides it each year. So its quite a bit of money that's being invested into these children by our foundation. It's a great treat that ZCA offers to train the next audience for our community."

The Zanesville Concert Association foundation was established in 1983 and is locally supported. To find more information on local music and arts as well as ZCA you can visit the Zanesville Concert Association at

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


So....what would you do if you found $1,300?

A local boy was faced with that exact question this past Monday, when he and his family entered the Community Bank on Maysville Pike.

"There was a lady that came over to one of the islands that they make the checks out to, and she had money for her rent, her house and her car payment, and she dropped it," said Tommy Winland, a student at Philo Junior High.
Tommy kept an eye on the money until his dad returned. He then gave the money to his father to return to the bank. Luckily enough, the owners of the cash  were identified and came back to the bank and retrieved the money.

"You know I teach my children by example. You do what's right and good things will come back to you , and that's the only way to live your life," said Tommy's father, Tom. "I'm very proud in what he did and it makes me feel like I'm raising him the right way".

Tommy's boy scout leaders will also be recognizing him for his honesty at a meeting this June.


This Friday, Zanesville art enthusiasts will be gathering for the art walk.
Every first Friday of the month the local art community comes together for the art display. All local artists can show their work while attendees and other supporters of the art community walk from gallery to gallery.
"It's a wonderful group of people who are working all the time to get art out there to the public and to share it with everyone," said Lynn Anderson, Member of the Eastern Ohio Art Guild.
Several styles will be featured at this Friday's event including acrylics, collage, digital collage as well as this particular piece which won a blue ribbon at the Steubenville Art Guild Spring Show. Local artist and frequent art walk attender, Lynn Anderson, shared what she loves about art and why she enjoys the art walk.
"I like seeing other people's work and getting the inspiration it provides," stated Anderson, "as well as getting to know other people who have similar interests."
If you would like to meet the Zanesville art community, talk with other artists, and view one of a kind pieces of art from our area the Zanesville art walk will take place downtown Friday from 5-8pm. Anderson's work will be shown at the Masonic Temple building on the first floor, Gallery G.


NACO, the National Association of Counties, met in Washington D.C. this week to discuss the shortfalls in local as well as national transportation improvements. The Muskingum County Engineer was among those on the transportation board.

A highlight of discussion was Congressional Bill MAP21, or Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. With it is set to expire in September this year, Muskingum county will lose $30 million in Federal funding for roads and bridges if the bill is not renewed.
"The other thing that we're concerned about is that $30 million that we received, those were yesterdays dollars, so tomorrow's dollars are going to be more expensive to spend" said Doug Davis, the Muskingum County Engineer. "The MAP21 not only needs to be renewed, but it needs to be renewed with an inflation value."
Out of the 415 bridges in Muskingum County, 152 of them DO NOT meet the regulations for Federal funding. Although MECO works diligently to utilize their materials to their maximum potential, the remaining funds must be generated locally.
"In May we are going to have a five dollar license plate fee on the ballot and we would like for the public of course to help us do that because that's going to let money go directly towards bridges," said Davis.
The average U.S. household spends $46.33 on road and transit improvements and over $150 a month on phone services.
Approximately $300,000 annually would be generated for local roads and bridges through the $5 proposed license fee . For other information regarding the current state of Muskingum county roads and bridges as well as construction projects planned for this summer you can visit the MCEO website at
To voice your opinion the the roads and bridges of Muskingum county, you can contact the MCEO at or (740)- 454-0155.