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News Headlines from Monday, June 27, 2016

Three Newark City Council committee meetings have been scheduled for this evening – Finance, Service and Ways and Means. The Ways and Means Committee will discuss an ordinance to levy an additional income tax of one quarter of one percent. Councilwoman Dee Hall says money generated from the increase would help pay for a number of things.

Councilwoman Dee Hall

Today's meetings get underway at 5:30 in council chambers.


Michelle Moore, a former substitute aide in the Southwest Licking School District, was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in a Licking County courtroom. The 38-year-old Moore pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Moore, who previously entered a not guilty plea, admitted in court to engaging in sex with a 14-year-old boy. Upon her release from prison Moore must register as a Tier II sexual offender.


Emile Weaver, the former Muskingum University student convicted of killing her newborn baby, will be back in a Muskingum County courtroom today for a sentencing hearing. In May, a jury found the 21-year-old Weaver guilty on several counts including aggravated murder in connection with the April 2015 incident in which the baby girl's body was found in a trash can on the university campus. An autopsy determined the baby was born alive and later died of asphyxiation.


Summer can mean more hunger for some Ohio kids who already struggle to find food to eat. Recent data shows that just 10 percent of eligible children in the state participate in the federal Summer Food Service Program. Carol Whitmore, with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says some unique challenges prevent some kids from accessing federal meal locations.

Carol Whitmore with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

Whitmore said federal dollars are needed to boost the programs, as the state has done its part.


The Newark Rotary Club recently presented its annual awards to three people who continue to make a difference in our community. Wayne Campbell, of Pickerington, received the Service Above Self Award, for a non-Rotarian who does great work in our Licking County community. Campbell founded Tyler’s Light in Pickerington after his son died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2011.


AAA expects nearly 43 million Americans, including nearly 1.8 million Ohioans, to travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, Thursday, June 30 to Monday, July 4. This marks the highest Fourth of July travel volume on record, and is an increase of 1.3 percent nationally and 2.3 percent in Ohio from last year.


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