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News Headlines from Friday, July 18th 2014


The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced today that an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9:00 p.m. to midnight night on SR 13, in Licking County. The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers. The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes. If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. 


C-TEC has announced that it has received a $1.5 million grant as part of the Ramtec statewide advanced manufacturing stem/career technical education consortium. The grant was awarded through Ohio’s Straight A Fund. C-TEC will be using their grant money to purchase equipment, make lab renovations, and further develop their robotics and automated manufacturing program. 

C-TEC instructor Brian Wilfong...

C-TEC was awarded the grant after a rigorous 2 tiered screening process where each applicant was reviewed to determine the innovation, value, and lasting impact of their proposal. 


Licking Memorial Hospital will present Safe Sitter®, a hands-on seminar that prepares adolescents for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting young children who are entrusted to their care.  The class will be taught on Friday, August 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the LMH – Tamarack conference rooms, located at 2000 Tamarack Road in Newark.  The cost of the seminar is $40 and includes the Safe Sitter® kit.  Please call (740) 348-4341 to register.   Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that prepares 11- to 13-year-olds for the responsibilities of child care. 


The Newark Water Department is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program.  The city we will be flushing zone 4-2, which consists of the area south of State Route 16, north of the railroad, between State Route 79 and 4th Street. Residents may experience some temporary discoloration of their water during this period. Running the water will generally clear up any water quality problems.  


To commemorate the opening of a new recycling facility, AEP Ohio, is raising the incentive for customers who choose to retire and recycle their old refrigerators and freezers.  Now through August 31, customers will receive $60 when they recycle their old refrigerators and freezers though AEP Ohio’s Appliance Recycling Program.  The program offers free home pickup of refrigerators and freezers for utility customers.  For more information, call 877-545-4112 or visit http://aepohio.com/wasteless  


Recently the Ohio Department of Health posted a recreational public health advisory due to an algae bloom as well as a contamination advisory due to high bacteria levels affecting Crystal Beach and other beach areas on Buckeye Lake.  Licking County Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel is reminding individuals with compromised immune systems, such as the elderly or very young children that swimming or wading is not recommended where the harmful algae bloom is located.  For more information visit: http://www.odh.oho.gov/healthybeaches 


Interstate 70 will be restricted from three lanes down to one lane in both directions between SR 13 and the Buckeye Lake rest area on the evenings of Friday, July 18, and Monday, July 21. Two lanes will remain open in both directions during daytime hours for that period.  Work will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 6:00 a.m. on each evening for the repair of the Licking Trails Road bridge over the interstate.


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