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CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a purse theft at Walmart in Heath. Heath police reports at around noon on Friday, March 28, a female shopper left her purse in a shopping cart near the store's front door and exited the store. Video from a store security camera shows a female suspect then entering the store, picking up the purse and exiting the store with the purse and its contents which included several hundred dollars in cash, credit cards, and personal information. A store security camera shows the female suspect leaving the parking lot with a male suspect in a white Dodge Caravan. If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

A DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in March, down from 6.5 percent in February, according to data released Friday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The March unemployment rate was down from 7.3 percent a year ago.

COUNTERFEIT $20 BILLS

Newark police is investigating two reports of counterfeit $20 bills being passed in the city. Both incidents occurred on Thursday night a little over an hour apart at two businesses located on North 21st Street.

UNITED WAY RECOGNITION BREAKFAST

The United Way of Licking County held its 2014 Recognition Breakfast and Annual Meeting Thursday morning at Heritage Hall. The meeting wrapped up with the announcement of the initial totals for the United Way's annual campaign.

UWLC Executive Director Deb Dingus

Executive Director Deb Dingus said the campaign runs through June 30 and she encourages everyone in the community to pitch in to ensure they hit their goal. KOOL 101.7/TALK 790 was honored to be named the Live United Small Size Business of the Year. Licking Memorial Health Systems was named the Large Size Business of the Year. Pataskala Banking Company was named Mid Size Business of the Year. Asa Greenriver received the Ken Johnston Volunteer of the Year award.

HELPING HUNGRY FAMILIES

Just in time for the Easter, a donation will provide more than over 85,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1700 pounds of pork has been donated to food banks as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power Program. David Shoup, board member with the Ohio Pork Producers Council, says pig farming has been good to the families involved, beyond just making a living.

David Shoup Board Member Ohio Pork Producers Council

Shoup said at least 15 Ohio family farms have participated in the program since it began in 2009.

TOP WORKPLACES

Two local businesses have earned a top ten ranking on the Columbus CEO Magazine and 10TV Top Workplaces list.  Fiberglas Federal Credit Union was 5th and First Federal Savings and Loan was 6th in the Small Organization category. The top workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.

PRISON MINISTRY

The Newark Ministerial Association is involved in a number of community programs aimed at helping all residents including those who may have run afoul of the law. Bill Rauch, pastor St. Paul's Lutheran Church, says on of the ways they do that is through their prison ministry program.

Bill Rauch Pastor St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Rev. Rauch said three chaplains along with a number of volunteers are involved in the prison ministry. He said throughout Holy Week special church offerings have been collected in support of the prison ministry program.

MOCK STATUE

Thursday marked the 50th Anniversary of the day that Newark native Jerrie Mock completed her historic solo flight around the world. On March 19, 1964 Mock began her quest to become the first woman to fly solo around the world. She accomplished her quest On April, 17 1964 when she landed her Cessna 180 at Port Columbus International Airport. Thursday morning Port Columbus unveiled a bronze statue of Mock that will eventually be housed in the airport's Legacy of Leadership area.
 

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