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Newark police is investigating three recent robberies at local convenience stores. The first occurred Sunday, Jan. 25 shortly after midnight at the Duke and Duchess on the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Road. The second occurred on Monday, Jan. 26 at approximately 1:45 a.m. at the Circle K at 369 West Church St. The third took place on Monday, Jan. 26 at around 3:15 a.m. at the Duke store at 999 East Main St. If you have any information you are urged to call the Newark Police Department at 740-670-7934.


Adena Hall on the OSU-N/COTC campus was packed this morning for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce 59th annual Groundhog Breakfast. The breakfast included the naming of the John Alford Community Service Award winner. This year’s recipient is Steve Layman and when asked what he was thinking when they announced his name Layman quickly responded.

Steve Layman

This year’s guest speaker was Oklahoma Congressman Steve Russell who - while serving in the military - was on the team that found Saddam Hussein. Tony Adams was the celebrity groundhog.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a purse snatching in a store parking lot in Newark.   Newark Police reports, on Dec. 18, 2014 shortly after 8:30 p.m. a woman was in the parking lot of the Walmart on N. 21st Street when a man in a hoodie grabbed her purse out of a grocery cart. The man jumped into a white or silver Tracker which then headed southbound on N. 21st Street. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


A RAND health study released Wednesday found that removing restrictive scope-of-practice laws among Ohio's Advance Practice Registered Nurses could be beneficial for Ohioans. The study was commissioned by the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Diann Nelson-Houser immediate past president OAAPN

Diann Nelson-Houser, immediate past president OAAPN, said by granting full practice authority to nurse practitioners and other APRN'S there will be more health care providers available to treat patients in primary care settings.


A new urgent care facility is opening in Licking County. Greg Hudson says Family Urgent Care located on Hebron Rd. in Heath next to the BW3 in the Giant Eagle Plaza will host a Grand Opening Sunday, Feb. 1.

Greg Hudson with Family Urgent Care

Hudson said Family Urgent Care will be open seven days a week and most insurance plans are accepted . He invites the community to attend the Grand Opening and take a tour of the facility. KOOL 101.7 will be broadcasting live Sunday from 12:00-2:00 p.m.


The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio was busy in 2014 with more than 1.8 million requests for business reports on central Ohio companies. The BBB also processed more than 11,000 complaints locally and received over 3,000 customer reviews. Statewide the Better Business Bureau handled over 48,000 consumer complaints in 2014. The top three most complained about industries last year were credit card companies, furniture companies and collection agencies.


The Works will host its 10th annual Cocktails by the Fire fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is centered around the hit TV show M*A*S*H. Attendees will enjoy theme-based specialty cocktails and beer, appetizers, live music and glass blowing demonstrations. Proceeds from the event benefit The Works Glass Studio. Reservations for Cocktails by the Fire are $35 per person for members of The Works or $40 per person for non-members. To register, visit www.attheworks.org.


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