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News Headlines from Friday, October 17th 2014
A dip in Unemployment

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in September, down from 5.7 percent in August, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The September unemployment rate was down from 7.4 percent in September 2013. It is also lower than the U.S. unemployment rate for September which was 5.9 percent.

EBOLA HOTLINE

The Ohio Department of Health is activating a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola and the recent events in Ohio in an effort to ensure Ohioans get accurate, timely information. The number is 1-866-800-1404.

FRITTS INDICTED

A 32-year-old Grove City man accused of kidnapping his daughter and prompting an amber alert in Newark has been indicted. Roy Fritts Jr. faces one court each of abduction and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer in connection with the September 12 incident. Fritts remains held at the Licking County Justice Center on $150,000 bond. He is due back in court on Tuesday, October 21.

OPEN HOUSE FOR CHIEF STICKRADT

The City of Newark will host an open house to honor Newark Fire Chief Jack Stickradt who is retiring after 35 years service to take a similar position in Hebron. The open house will be held Monday, October 20 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The event is open to the public.

COURTHOUSE LIGHTS

The 66th Annual Courthouse Holiday Lighting Campaign has reached 100 percent of its goal! A generous gift from students at Wilson Middle School in Newark put the campaign just over its stated goal of $19,500. The students raised $150 with a dollar per student as a part of a ‘dress down’ day. A few other contributions are expected in the next week or so, and the final total will be announced later this month. The community is invited to downtown Newark on Friday, November 28 for the annual holiday program, Santa arrival and traditional Lighting Ceremony!

ART OF RECOVERY

Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties hosted its Art of Recovery exhibit and annual Awards Presentation Thursday at Licking Memorial Hospital.

Kay Spergel Exec. Dir. Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties

Kay Spergel, executive director Mental Health and Recovery for Licking and Knox Counties, said the event featured an awards ceremony for individuals and groups who have positively impacted the mental health and recovery system of care.

CLEAN WATER ACT

For over four decades, Clean Water Act protections have helped to maintain the integrity of waterways in Ohio and throughout the country. The legislation marks its 42nd Anniversary on Saturday. Frank Szollosi with the National Wildlife Federation, says the Clean Water Act has helped smaller streams and wetlands which he says is a critical part of the ecosystem that keeps pollution from reaching larger waterways.

Frank Szollosi with the NWF

The EPA is proposing expanding Clean Water Act protections to include two million miles of smaller streams and millions of acres of wetlands. A public comment period on the proposal ends November 14.

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