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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.
Connect Appalachia supports program to deliver high-speed internet
A collaborative effort between a local village and one of its businesses will mean first-time high-speed internet access for village residents.
The Connect Appalachia Broadband Task Force has teamed up with locally-owned Rowe Networks to help make broadband internet access available for hundreds of previously-unserved Guernsey County residents. Working hand-in-hand with the Village of Byesville, Rowe Networks will work towards bridging the digital divide that separates local residents from business, education, and even public health opportunities. Rowe Networks CEO Josh Rowe spoke about what this project means for residents of Guernsey County:
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Officials from the Village of Byesville were also in attendance to celebrate the new opportunities for village residents. Village Administrator Brennan Dudley explained why Byesville was eager to partner with Rowe Networks on this venture:
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Before the collaboration, more than 1,900 residents in and around Byesville had no options for high-speed internet access.
A group of Meadowbrook High School students are banding together to fight Polio in third-world countries.
Members of the Meadowbrook Interact Club - the youth arm of the Byesville Rotary Club - held a "Purple Pinkie" Fundraiser on Friday afternoon to help wipe out the crippling disease in the few remaining countries where Polio is endemic. Interact Club President Alex Eckelson answered the question "Why Purple Pinkies?":
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Club Advisor Sharon Miller said that, last year, the Interact Club donated more than $300 to Rotary International, which will provide around 300 vaccines for children in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, where Polio remains endemic.
Since 1985, Rotary Club International has contributed to the effort that has eliminated Polio in 99 percent of the world's children.
To donate to the Purple Pinkie campaign, contact any member of the Byesville Rotary Club or Meadowbrook Interact Club.
Community leaders and residents joined Congressman Bill Johnson for the grand opening of his new district office in Cambridge on Friday.
Congressman Johnson and his staff welcomed constituents for conversation and a tour of the Cambridge Sixth Congressional District Office on Friday morning. Anthony Adornetto, who serves as Field Representative for the new office, explains the benefit of establishing an office in Cambridge:
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The new office is located at 116 Southgate Parkway, near the intersection with Wheeling Avenue, and marks a central location to which Johnson's constituents can travel to ask questions or voice concerns. The Sixth Congressional District contains much of eastern Ohio, and extends from the Buckeye State's southern-most point in Lawrence County to Mahoning County in northeast Ohio.
The new Cambridge office can be reached by phone at 740.432.2366.
<b>Photo:</b> Anthony Adornetto (far left) and Congressman Bill Johnson (foreground, far right) welcome two Guernsey County residents to the new district office in Cambridge.