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News Headlines from Friday, August 18, 2017

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July, up from 5.0 percent in June, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Last month's unemployment rate was up from 4.9 percent in July 2016.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a burglary and theft in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, between July 9-25 suspect(s) entered a home on the 1600 block of Lakeview Drive and stole a large amount of cash. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888


Thursday was a busy day in the Lakewood Local School District as students returned to the classroom. Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews says there has been some big changes at buildings across the district and that includes at the middle school building.

Lakewood Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews

Andrews said the district-wide upgrades also include a complete renovation at Lancers Stadium and Calhoun Memorial Field. A stadium dedication ceremony will take place Monday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m.


The Works and The Ohio State University at Newark are collaborating on a free public Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday.

Works Managing Director Marcia Downes

Works Managing Director Marcia Downes said Dr. Michael Stamatikos, The Works Chief Science Officer and OSU-Newark Assistant Professor, will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance. Visit www.attheworks.org for more information.


Governor Kasich has appointed Licking Memorial Health Systems President and CEO Rob Montagnese to the Medical Quality Foundation for a term ending July 20, 2019. The Medical Quality Foundation exists to improve health-care practices, including improvement of risk management and quality assurance in hospitals and outpatient settings.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting orders for Veterans Bricks to be installed in time for Veterans Day on November 11. The bricks, which cost fifty dollars each, will be installed at veterans park, located on 6th street between west main and west church streets. The deadline to order a brick for installation in time for Veterans Day is Saturday, September 30. Contact the Newark Parks and Rec. Department for more information (740) 670-7782.


Changes to bag and size limits for fish in certain bodies of water and adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the list of state endangered species were among the rule changes proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Aug. 16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. A statewide hearing on the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 9 a.m. For those unable to attend the hearing, comments will also be accepted online at www.wildohio.gov.


Archived Headlines From:

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15 Wednesday, August 16

Thursday, August 17

Friday, August 11  

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