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Z. Daniel Barnett
Z. Daniel Barnett joined the AVC News team in 2011, since which time he has strived to bring timely, impartial coverage to AVC's six stations each and every weekday morning.
Daniel delivered news of the infamous Zanesville exotic animal escape in October 2011 to listeners at home and "across the Pond" as a featured reporter on BBC's PM with Eddie Mair; covered the arrest and trials of "The Craigslist Killers," Brogan Rafferty and Richard Beasley; braved the elements to broadcast up-to-the-minute information during the severe summer storms of 2012; and followed the court proceedings of six suspects connected to the Coventry Estates double homicide of June 2012.
On a day-to-day basis, Daniel's reporting focus is on local crime, civic government, oil and gas news, and state politics.
When not in the newsroom, Daniel hosts the weekly jazz program, Miles to Go Before I Sleep, on Sunday nights on WILE-FM. He's also an active member of Guernsey Lodge No. 66 F&AM and Cambridge Valley AASR.
Officials and business owners gathered to honor several Noble County residents and organizations at Thursday night's Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
Noble County native Sherri Archer was post-humously honored with the Joyce M. Davis Memorial Award. Sherri, who succumbed to leukemia in July 2012, served her community as a registered nurse, through her work at the Archwood Family Restaurant in Caldwell, and with her dedication to supporting area children in need in various ways. Sherri's husband, Sherman, and children Sheldon and Sheridan (pictured) accepted the award, in her memory.
Shenandoah Elementary school teacher Marcy Murphy was honored as Educator of the Year. Farmers & Merchants Bank received the Business of the Year award, while the Noble County Community Foundation received the Organization of the Year award.
Caldwell High School graduate Morgan Massaro and Shenandoah High School graduate Etta Ray received Noble County Community Foundation Scholarships, to further their ongoing education.
Chairman Terry Rataiczak outlined the prosperous and exciting year that the Chamber has experienced, and thanked area business owners and organizations for all their contributions. Executive Director Jill McCartney invited anyone interested to join the 104 members in the Chamber.
Where you live can have a big impact on your overall health. And in southeast Ohio, some of the healthiest places are next door to some of the least healthy.
A national study released on Wednesday ranked Noble County as very healthy - 17th overall among Ohio's 88 counties. Harrison County, however, remained near the bottom of the state rankings, at 82nd.
Guernsey (35th) and Belmont (43rd) counties were around the middle of the pack this year in the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's rankings. The study showed the rankings of other local counties varied, including Tuscarawas (30th), Washington (46th), Monroe (54th), Muskingum (56th), Coshocton (73rd) and Jefferson (77th). Delaware County was ranked as the number one county in the state, while Lawerence County is ranked 88th and last in Ohio.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report examines a wide range of factors affecting community health. These include the physical environment; education and employment; crime; access to health care and quality food; and individual health behaviors such as smoking and drinking. Other areas considered include a high rate of teen births and obesity.
A Belle Valley man has been sentenced in connection with a September murder in Caldwell.
Court records indicate 34-year-old Larry A. Schoeppner was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole when he appeared before Judge John Nau in Noble County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Schoeppner previously pleaded “guilty” to a single count of aggravated murder with a firearm specification.
According to reports from the Noble County Sheriff’s Office, Schoeppner was charged as the only suspect in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Tracy L. Kay, at her Caldwell apartment on September 22, 2012. He was arrested at the scene of the crime after authorities received a call about a disturbance in the apartment.
Judge Nau said, in his sentencing, that Schoeppner will be eligible for parole after 25 years.