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Two Semi Accident Reroutes I70 EB Traffic

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Logan Weaver | Orbit Media
A two semi accident sent one driver to Southeastern Med with non-life-threatening injuries.

The New Concord Fire Department responded to the accident at Interstate 70 eastbound mile marker 166 near Norwich at approximately 7:45 p.m. Friday evening.

NCFD was on scene for approximately three hours, with the biggest issue being oil from the trucks. Over 300 pounds of oil dry was put down during clean up.

A1 Towing, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Muskingum County EMA all responded along with NCFD.

The accident temporarily shut down eastbound activity. Traffic began operating at one lane at 10:30 p.m., which opened nearly two and a half hours into the three total hours of NCFD being on the scene. Traffic is being rerouted to the Norwich EB exit at mile marker 164.

Update Sept. 29, 11:54 p.m. NCFD confirms both eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 are open.

New Concord Annexes Cemetery and Hires Police Officers

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New Concord Village Council approved the annexation of the New Concord Cemetery into town limits and control and approved a resolution allowing two new New Concord Police Department officers to be hired during the July New Concord Village Council Meeting.

Council members approved the annexation, which is Ordinance G-7-17-1, in the June Council meeting and the annexation became final July 10.  According to New Concord Village Administrator Charlotte Colley, the plan for New Concord to take over the cemetery started a couple years ago, after the board of the cemetery determined they wanted to dissolve.

The New Concord Cemetery was in both New Concord and Union Township jurisdictions, but with the ordinance, New Concord is fully responsible for the cemetery. The village will continue using contractors already in place to keep up maintenance as well as to dig new plots.

The search for two new NCPD officers is also complete. Rich Sealock started the week of July 10 and Hayden Walpole is starting in August. Both were hired by interim New Concord Police Chief Jeff Dawson and will be present at the next Village Council meeting in August.

The search for a new police chief is currently underway. The village had seven candidates apply and brought four to New Concord for interviews. The decision is currently being made whether to select one applicant, narrow the search down to two, or start the search over with a new pool of applicants.