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News Headlines from Friday, August 15th 2014

FORMER NHS TEACHER HEADING TO PRISON

Anthony Miller, the former Newark High School teacher who previously pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual conduct with former students, was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months in prison today in a Licking County courtroom. In late July, Miller entered guilty pleas to a host of charges including sexual battery and sexual imposition. According to a previous press release from the Licking County Prosecutor's office, all of the incidents occurred while the three female victims were students at NHS. Miller could have been sentenced to 36 ˝ years in prison.

NEWARK PAVING PROJECT

Newark will spend a little over $1.25 million on paving with most of the work anticipated in spring 2015. The funding will come from a grant of $400,000 from the Ohio Public Works Commission-State Capital Improvements Program, with the remainder of the funding - $856,000 - provided by Newark’s Capital Improvements Funds and License Plate Permissive Tax Funds.

Newark Engineer Brian Morehead

City Engineer Brian Morehead said some of the streets on the paving list are 21st and East Main streets, Londondale Parkway and Sharon Valley Road.

TIRE AMNESTY PROGRAM CONTINUES SATURDAY

In July, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the the Ohio EPA, Licking County Recycling in collaboration with a number of local entities initiated Tire Amnesty Days with a goal of cleaning up unwanted and discarded tires in the county. The second Tire Amnesty Day will be held Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at a number of locations - the Licking County Highway Garage, T.J. Evans Park in Newark, Perry Township Garage, Fallsbury Township House, Licking Township Fire Station #3 and the Madison Township Complex. Passenger tires will cost you a $1, a truck tire $3 and Semi/Ag tires will run you $10, rims on or off is $4. Per state law there is a ten tire limit per load.

CALEA ACCREDITATION

The Licking County Sheriff's office was awarded Law Enforcement Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This is the 7th award presented to the Licking County Sheriff's Office which has maintained accreditation since 1994. This process is a voluntary commitment by the LCSO to commit to professional excellence in policy and practice. It includes self-evaluation, an independent on-site review by Law Enforcement Assessors and a final review by CALEA Commissioners.

RURAL FOOD WORRIES

The issue of hunger often is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs authored the report, which examines the use of food stamps, now called "SNAP" benefits, from 2008 to 2012.

Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs

Bailey said in that five-year period more than 14 percent of rural households received SNAP benefits, compared to slightly under 11 percent of urban households.

COUGHLIN FLASH 5K

You still have time to sign up for Saturday's CoughlinCars.com Flash 5K in Pataskala. Event day registration and packet pickup will be 7:00 – 8:15 a.m. with the 5K getting underway at 8:30 a.m. The Top 5 male and female finishers will receive cash prizes. Early registration of $35 will close today at 8:00 p.m. Race day registration is $40. Visit www.coughlinpataskala.com/flash5k for more information.

 

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