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News Headlines from Friday, October 24th 2014

Newark fire crews were busy this morning battling a fire at an apartment complex at 1665 Churchill Downs Road.  Assistant Fire Chief David Decker says the first calls came in at around 5:00 a.m.

Newark Assistant Fire Chief David Decker

No injuries were reported. Chief Decker said the blaze caused between $5,000-$6,000.


Two people were transported to local hospitals following a Thursday afternoon crash involving a semi and SUV. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, the crash occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Ohio 37 near Blacks Road. The semi was traveling north on SR37 when the SUV pulled in front of it causing the vehicles to collide. They eventually ended up in a cornfield off the side of the road.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a burglary at a business in Newark. Newark police reports between Sept. 8 and Sept. 10 someone broke into Crawford Auto Body located at 59 West Main Street and stole a number of items including a diagnostic code reader, air drills and a spray gun. If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


The Ohio Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease in the state in a captive deer herd in Holmes County. The state continues to take quarantine action to control the further spread of the disease. There is no evidence that CWD has affected the wild deer population in the state. The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.


As an 8th grade student in the Heath School District Olivia Hersman took a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. That experience prompted her to write a play titled “Under The Stars”.

Heath Student Olivia Hersman

Hersman wrote the play her freshman year and this weekend the sophomore will co-direct and perform in the play. “Under The Stars” will be performed tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and Hersman said all proceeds will benefit the Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Lights on Afterschool is a national event showcasing the powerful role after-school programs play in enriching children’s lives. Students, teachers and parents traveled to Columbus Thursday to talk to legislators about the ways these programs help children around the state.

Allison Wallace

Allison Wallace says there are approximately 850,000 children in Ohio that would be enrolled in an after-school program if one were available in their community.


The Youth Leadership Council of Licking County is hosting the Heels For Hope walk Sunday, October 26 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Evans Complex in Newark. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of violence protection. In support of women who have been victims of violent acts, women and men will walk a mile in high heel shoes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Center for New Beginnings Shelter and Services, a local domestic violence shelter for women.


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