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News Headlines from Friday, April 21, 2017



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 increased from 5.0 percent in March, 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 4.5 percent.


A 38-year-old Newark man has been convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography. According to a press release from the U.S Attorney's Office, investigation of a peer-to-peer file-sharing network led investigators to Shawn Parrish’s home where they discovered child pornography being uploaded to an IP address. While executing a search warrant, investigators found numerous images of a 12-year-old girl on Parrish’s phone. Parrish had previously been convicted in North Carolina in 1998 for Indecent Liberties with a Child and had been sentenced to 16-20 months in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.


The Newark School District invites residents to continue the conversation on the impact of drugs in our community and across the nation by attending a special event on Wednesday, April 26 at Newark High School.

Newark School District Superintendent Doug Ute

Superintendent Doug Ute said next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. they will be hosting a free forum on drug addiction in the NHS auditorium. A free dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit www.newarkcityschools.org.


The Perry County Sheriff's Office has released the results of last weekend's saturation patrol. Deputies along with Ohio State Highway Patrol made 169 traffic stops during the event. They made four OVI arrests, handed out 11 tickets for seatbelt violations and made six felony arrests.


Saturday is Earth Day and plenty of events will be taking place in Ohio and across the country. Jenna Antonucci is one of the organizers of Saturday's March for Science in Columbus.

Jenna Antonucci with March for Science in Columbus

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970.


The Licking Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for volunteers to join the Stream Team. The Stream Team is committed to promoting clean water through regular stream site testing. The next training session will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Taft Reserve. For more information visit www.lickingswcd.com.


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