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News Headlines from Tuesday, July 7, 2015


On Saturday, July 4, the Newark Police Department fielded a number of reports of cars being sprayed painted while parked on Granville Street and Saratoga Avenue. This comes less than a week after multiple vehicles were spray painted on Fieldpoint Road in Heath. If you have any information you are urged to call the Newark Police or Heath Police Departments.


Seven people lost their lives in a total of six traffic crashes during the Independence Day holiday reporting period that ran from Thursday, July 2 thru Sunday, July 5, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. This year's fatalities are down from last year's total of 12 traffic deaths. Looking at other data, troopers made 690 arrests for impaired driving and 391 for drug-related charges over the holiday.


There's been a lot of talk lately about staffing in the Newark Division of Fire. City officials including NFD Chief Pat Connor feel hiring part-time firefighters would help alleviate the problem. Councilman Jeremy Blake says there are other options.

Councilman Jeremy Blake

Blake invites the community to attend a special public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30 to discuss staffing in the fire department. The meeting will be held at the Newark Library on West Main Street.


Wagons Ho Ho Ho is a non-profit organization that builds wagons, fills them with food and then distributes them to families in need during the holidays. Board President Donn Ditzhazy says this is Christmas in July a time in which they are asking for donations to help those struggling during the summer months.

Donn Ditzhazy with Wagons Ho Ho Ho

Ditzhazy said they are also accepting donations for their wagon program. Last year they built over 800 wagons for those in need during the holidays. For more information visit www.wagonshohoho.org.


Three C-TEC of Licking County students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, earning national recognition. The additive manufacturing team – of James Carson and Stephen Green placed third in the nation, earning a bronze medal. Avery Evans placed 19th in the architectural design competition. The SkillsUSA Championships are the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Over 6,000 students competed in 100 separate events.


Licking Memorial Health Systems 2015 “For Your Health” 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Walk will take place at The Dawes Arboretum on Saturday, August 1. Participants may choose to run or walk the 5K course or enjoy the 1-mile fun walk. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the fun walk starts shortly thereafter. The registration fee for runners and walkers with timing chips is $15, if received by 5:00 p.m., on July 24. Participants may also register on the morning of the race between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. for $20. To register or for more information call Licking Memorial Hospital at 740-348-4102.


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