After microphone trouble prevented the solo performance of the National Anthem Monday evening at the Monroe County Fair, every voice of those in the grandstands rang out as one to welcome all to the week-long event. As the central location for spectators to enjoy horse races, truck pulls and the demolition derby, the brand new grandstand was officially opened Monday to replace previous seating that had not been Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.

A former Muskingum University student has been charged in the death of her newborn baby girl/boy whose body was found on the campus in April. Emile L. Weaver, 20, of Clarington in Monroe County, is charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, two counts of tampering with evidence, Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox announced this morning at his office in Zanesville.