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Sunday, 09 February 2014 08:51

Missing Ohio college student found dead

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GRANVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Authorities say a central Ohio college student has been found dead less than 24 hours after being reported missing.

The Newark Advocate reports that Granville Police Sgt. Keith Blackledge says the body of Denison University senior David Hallman was found about 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The university said the 21-year-old from Erie, Pa., had been missing since about 2 a.m. Saturday, and was found about a half-mile from Brew's Cafe, where he was last seen.

The newspaper reported that Blackledge said Hallman was found wearing regular clothing, not a heavy coat, and probably died of exposure. He says Hallman might have been disoriented. Blackledge says no foul play was expected, and that the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the case.

The university, about 40 miles northeast of Columbus, says the "Denison family will come together to mourn the loss of David."

Saturday, 01 February 2014 11:04

Schools & Counties get less from Ohio Casinos

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   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio counties and schools and getting a little less cash from casino taxes this time around.
   The Ohio Department of Taxation will be distributing $68.6 million, the local cut of the taxes collected from casinos from October through December. That's 2.2 percent less than the last disbursement in October.  The Akron Beacon Journal  reports that counties will get the biggest chunk of the money - about $35 million. Schools will get about $23 million. The remainder goes to state's eight largest cities, the Casino Control Commission, Ohio State Racing Commission, training for law enforcement and efforts to address problem gambling.  Casino revenue was $821 million last year - about $65 million less than the state had anticipated.

Friday, 24 January 2014 17:54

Area Resident Honored at Chamber Dinner

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Ralph Ray receives Chamber's Public Service Award
Thursday, 23 January 2014 12:10

Local Schools pass "Calamity Day" threshold

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Winter Weather may force Area Students to attend classes well into June
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 21:19

Byesville Village Council

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Byesville seeking funding for  upcoming projects.

Spring sports personnel items addressed.
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 20:56

Antrim VFD Honors Their Own

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Awards handed out during annual meeting
Sunday, 19 January 2014 08:54

Service Station on Southgate Parkway Robbed

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Investigation into Armed Robbery continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has headed to Cairo to serve as an international observer in Egypt's constitutional referendum.


The Columbus Democrat will be present for the Jan. 14-15 vote on an amended charter as part of a team from Democracy International. The organization is active in more than 60 countries on democracy and governance issues and to assist on rule-of-law questions.

Brunner is a former judge and founding partner and principal in the Brunner Quinn law firm based in Columbus. She oversaw Ohio elections as secretary of state from 2007 to 2011.

This is not her first foray into international election issues. Since re-entering private practice, she has made multiple trips to Serbia to provide technical assistance on judicial reform and anti-corruption in elections.


CINCINNATI (AP) - A southwest Ohio Democrat plans a campaign swing around the state before deciding whether to go forward with his run for governor.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Dec. 30 he would run. He said he had been hearing from rank-and-file Democrats about their desire for a choice after Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has been running for months. But Portune said he wouldn't file by the Feb. 5 deadline if he determined there wasn't enough statewide support.

Portune tells The Cincinnati Enquirer he is making what he calls an "aggressive swing" to assess whether he can mount a successful challenge. He plans stops over the next week in cities including Athens, Lima and Lorain.

Gov. John Kasich has no GOP challenger at this point.

Sunday, 12 January 2014 08:53

Size of chemical leak in WV still unknown

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A company president apologized to West Virginia residents for a chemical leak into a public water treatment plant hours before a state agency ordered Freedom Industries to remove chemicals from its remaining above-ground tanks.

About 300,000 people entered their third day Saturday with no way to take showers and wash clothes. Officials remain unclear when it might be safe again.

Federal authorities began investigating how the foaming agent escaped the Freedom Industries plant and seeped into the Elk River. Just how much of the chemical leaked into the river was not yet known.

Freedom Industries President Gary Southern on Friday called the incident "extremely unfortunate." Hours later, a state agency ordered the company to remove its remaining chemicals off the site.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 07:43

Salvation Army Reaches Goal

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Success for Red Kettle Campaign!  Bills, Coins, Checks Add Up—
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 22:05

Byesville Council Approves Union Contract

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 Council approves village's union contract during first meeting of the new year.
Monday, 06 January 2014 16:48

Update: AEP Power Returning

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Nearly 3,000 without power, now being restored

Wednesday, 01 January 2014 08:40

Minimum Wage Hike

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Salary Increase Begins January 1.
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 08:32

Oil and Gas Production Figures Released

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ODNR releases  figures for 3rd Quarter
Sunday, 29 December 2013 10:41

Ohio to expand online DUI registry

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's public safety department is expanding its online registry of repeat drunken-drivers.  The registry includes drivers who have five or more DUI convictions in the past two decades.

The change comes after reports that the registry contained information from courts in only about half of Ohio's counties. The list contains 5,300 names compared with about 400 before the update.  A spokeswoman for the State Highway Patrol says the new list is a more up-to-date and complete.

The public safety department is no longer relying on local courts to supply the information and instead is compiling the list from electronic records.

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