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News Headlines from Friday, December 19th, 2014
HOUSE FIRE IN BOWLING GREEN TOWNSHIP

At least one person was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital following a house fire this morning in Bowling Green Township.  A Licking County 911 dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News that numerous fire departments were called to the scene on the 10000 block of Honda Hills Road SE, shortly after 5:00 a.m.  The cause is under investigation.

ODH CONFIRMS FLU DEATH IN LICKING COUNTY

The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed that a 16-year-old Licking County boy is the second influenza-associated pediatric death this year.  The flu is now widespread throughout Ohio, and the numbers of associated hospitalizations are increasing rapidly. The number of flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio is 985, according to the Ohio Department of Health.  At this time during last yearís flu season, there were 216.

A DROP IN THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in November, down from 5.3 percent in October, according to figures released Friday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Last month's unemployment rate was down from 7.2 percent in November 2013 and it is significantly lower then the national figure of 5.8 percent.

COURTHOUSE CLOCK

While traveling through downtown Newark take a second and look up at the top of the Licking County Courthouse you'll see something you haven't seen in a long time - a functioning clock.

Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb

Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb said crews put the finishing touches on the $25,000 restoration project Thursday night.

SR 661 WORK

Beginning Monday, Ohio 661 in Licking County will close for three days for a pipe replacement. SR 661 will close south of County Rd. 15 and north of Lundys Lane. The road will reopen Wednesday, Dec. 24, weather permitting.

PAYNTER PLEADS GUILTY

A 19-year-old Newark man accused of mutilating a dog pleaded guilty Thursday in Licking County Municipal Court. Harley Paynter entered guilty pleas to one count each of cruelty to animals, underage consumption, and drug abuse. Early Wednesday morning, Newark police officers were called to a home on Ballard Ave. and upon arrival they found parts of the dog, a pug, inside and outside of the home. Panyter will be sentenced at a later date.

SR 16/CHERRY VALLEY ROAD PROJECT

Thursday the Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council gave preliminary approval to fund the construction of a new interchange at Ohio 16 and Cherry Valley Road.

State Representative Jay Hottinger

State Representative Jay Hottinger said if all goes as planned construction could begin as early as July 2015. ODOT's preferred design will close Cherry Valley Road on both sides of its current intersection with SR 16 and construct an interchange approximately one-half mile to the east. The project proposal now moves into a 30-day public comment period before the TRAC makes its final decisions.

ATM THIEVES

The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office is asking for the publicís help to identify two men who broke into an ATM at the Chase Bank located at 7915 Refugee Rd. in Violet Township. On Friday, December 12, two men gained entry into the machine while being captured on video surveillance. If you have any information you are urged to call the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office at 740-652-7331.

TRAFFIC BLITZ

Now through January 2, Newark police will be conducting high visibility enforcement on Ohio 13, 16, 79, and the 21st St. areas. Speed limits, impaired driving, and seatbelt compliance will be the focus of the overtime activity which is funded through grants provided by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

 

News Headlines From: Monday, December 15th
Tuesday, December 16th Wednesday, December 17th
Thursday, December 18th Friday, December 19th

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