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News Headlines from Friday, February 26th, 2015

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning beginning at 10:00 p.m. and running until 7:00 p.m. Saturday.


Construction will begin this year on the long awaited Cherry Valley Interchange, following final approval Thursday from Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council. Plans involve the closure of Cherry Valley Rd. on both sides of its current intersection with Ohio 16 and the construction of an interchange approximately one-half mile to the east, connecting SR16 with Newark-Granville Rd. to the north and Cherry Valley to the south. No word yet on when the construction will begin.


Amanda Jordan, one of three Newark residents charged in a November armed robbery, has admitted to her role in the crime. Thursday, Jordan, 27, entered guilty pleas to one count each of aggravated robbery and robbery in connection with an incident that took place at a home on North Buena Vista St. Jordan will be sentenced on April 4.


Ohio State University Newark and Central Ohio Technical College recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Facilities Operations building.

OSU-N/COTC Superintendent of Facilities Brian Boehmer

Superintendent of Facilities Brian Boehmer said the new $3.65 million building will be located in what is known as the “south meadow” of the OSU-N/COTC campus. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.


According to a report from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office over 4,400 Licking County residents have received funding to help heat their homes and cover their energy costs this winter. County residents - particularly seniors and low-income families – received home heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The heating program assists low-income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs.


The number of children living in poverty in Ohio would more than double without government interventions, according to a report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Laura Speer, with the Casey Foundation, says the report outlines how programs for children and parents need to work together. And she says there are other measures to consider.

Laura Speer with the Casey Foundation

Speer said the research uses the Supplemental Poverty Measure which gauges the influence of safety net resources on child poverty.


The Licking County Local Food Council will premiere the documentary Food Chains at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at The Midland Theatre. The film highlights the human cost of the U.S food supply and the role that large buyers of produce such as fast food restaurants and supermarkets have on the food system. The suggested ticket donation is $5.00 – adult and $3.00 – student.


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