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News Headlines from Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in December, down from 5.0 percent in November, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Last month's unemployment rate was down from 7.1 percent in December 2013 and is much lower than the U.S. unemployment rate for December which was 5.6 percent.


A woman was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital following a Thursday morning house fire in Newark. Newark Fire Interim Chief Patrick Connor says crews were called to the home on the 500 block of Essex Downs Rd. shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Newark Fire Interim Chief Patrick Connor

Once on the scene firefighters quickly removed the woman from the garage. She was treated for smoke inhalation and released from LMH. As this point in the investigation, Connor said it appears as though the fire was intentionally set.


Michael Cary, of Thornville, is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on drug charges. Cary, 35, was arrested earlier this week after officers allegedly found about 16 grams of heroin in his possession. Cary's bond was set at $45,000 and his case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.


The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who was found dead earlier this week in a home near Adamsville. Thomas Cash was found along with Carolyn Porter Tuesday morning at the home located in the 5100 block of West Rd. According to the sheriff's office, Cash, 64, and Porter, 77, are believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, which was enhanced by severe pneumonia. However, the investigation is ongoing.


While the nationís agriculture industry is productive, a leading scientist and biotechnology expert says itís not sustainable. Doug Gurian-Sherman with the Center for Food Safety suggests moving toward an approach that takes into account the ways farming interacts with the environment.

Doug Gurian-Sherman with the Center for Food Safety

Gurian-Sherman will be the keynote speaker during the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Associationís 36th Annual Conference on Sunday, Feb.15 in Granville.


The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Capitol Square Foundation have announced the 2015 Great Ohioans. The 2015 Great Ohioans are: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, groundbreaking cryptographer and leader in the field of intelligence and national security, and Rufus Putnam, American Revolutionary War General, surveyor and co-founder of the Ohio Company.


The Licking County Family YMCA's Diabetes Bootcamp is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes. Every month, the YMCA and its partners will host monthly educational seminars on various topics related to diabetes management. The first seminar will be held Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The program is free. For more information contact the Licking County Family YMCA at 740-345-9622.


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