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News Headlines from Friday, November 20, 2015

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in October, down from 4.5 percent in September, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The October unemployment rate was down from 5.2 percent a year ago and it is lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of five percent.


A 31-year-old Newark man accused of sexually assaulting two women has been indicted. Roger Black Jr. faces three counts of rape and two counts of kidnapping for allegedly forcing two women to engage in sex acts at knifepoint. Black remains held at the Licking County Justice Center on $250,000 bond. He's due back in court on Tuesday, November 24.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a burglary in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, on Tuesday Oct. 6 two men entered an apartment on the 600 block of Glenbrook Drive and stole a revolver, a shotgun, a compound bow and an Xbox. The suspects were described as a tall, black male dressed in all black with a yellow bandana and a white male, wearing shorts and a red hoodie.  Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


The 73rd Annual Newark Firefighters Ball, hosted by Newark Firefighters Local 109 will be held from 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge.

Newark Firefighter A.J. Robbins

A.J. Robbins said there will be plenty of food and adult beverages. Also, the Ohio State/Michigan State game will be televised. Ticket is $20 and can be purchased at the door.


A clean-energy economy will benefit the environment and the wallets of Ohioans, by adding thousands of jobs in the next 15-20 years. Daniel Lashof with NextGen Climate America, says the largest gains will be in construction and manufacturing, which is good for states such as Ohio that already have a solid manufacturing base.

Daniel Lashof with NextGen Climate America

Lashof said potentially, clean energy would boost employment in the region by more than 200,000 jobs in 2030 and as much as 400,000 jobs by 2050.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department will once again be conducting a “Children’s Letters to Santa” program for this Holiday Season. Any child wishing to write a letter to Santa may drop it off or mail it to the Parks and Recreation office, and they will forward the letter on to Santa, who has agreed to write a personalized letter to each child and mail it to them in time for Christmas. Letters must be delivered no later than Friday, December 18 to guarantee a response in time for Christmas.


High school football action this weekend with Johnstown facing Steubenville Saturday Night in a Division IV regional final in New Philadelphia. Saturday's kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on TALK 790 WHTH, KOOL 101.7 FM HD2 and online.


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