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News Headlines from Friday, April 17th, 2015

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, unchanged from February, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.0 percent in March 2014 and is lower than the U.S. unemployment rate for March which was 5.5 percent.


Wednesday, an officer with the Licking County Animal Shelter was investigating a report of dogs running loose in an area on U.S. 62 just outside of Johnstown. Once on the scene the officer immediately contacted the Licking County Humane Society.

Lori Carlson Executive Director LCHS

Lori Carlson, executive director LCHS, said the dogs would be put up for adoption in two weeks, but in the meantime they are in desperate need of donations like Pedigree Puppy dry and canned food, puppy pads, industrial-size trash bags and of course cash.


Pataskala police is on the hunt for a 33-year-old woman accused of theft. Police believe Hannah Harris may be living in the Newark area. If you have any information on her whereabouts you are urged to call the Pataskala Police Department at 740-927-4960.


The United Way of Licking County held its 2015 Annual Meeting and Recognition Breakfast Thursday morning at Heritage Hall Senior Center. The meeting wrapped up with the initial totals for the United Way's annual campaign.

United Way Campaign Chairman Jeff Brown

Campaign Chairman Jeff Brown said the campaign is ongoing and he encourages everyone in the community to pitch in to ensure they eclipse the $2 million mark. Salvartion Army volunteer Marguerite Kosier, 97, received the Ken Johnston Volunteer of the Year Award. The Live United Award was handed out to three local businesses - The Energy Cooperative, Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio and Peoples Bank in Heath.


Beginning Monday, April 20 and running thru Friday, April 24, Ohio 657 will be closed five miles north of Newark, between Dutch Lane Road and Mulberry Street as Ohio Department of Transportation crews replace a culvert. The work will take place each day from 6:30 am 5:00 pm.


The State Fire Marshal office is offering a reward for information on a suspicious fire earlier this week in Perry County. Wednesday morning, investigators were called to a vacant home on Sulphur Spring Road in Shawnee. The home was the site of another fire in February. Investigators are looking into the possibility that these fires are related. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the fire.


TrueCore Federal is hosting a free educational workshop for the community on the A, B, C & D of Medicare. It will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30 p.m. at the 215 Deo Drive branch in Newark. For more information call 740-788-3507.


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