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News Headlines from Friday, August 21, 2015


A Thursday night fire in a home on the 1100 block of Empire Drive in Newark has left one woman fighting for her life. Newark firefighters arrived on the scene just after 7pm Thursday night to find the woman on fire in her bed. She was taken by emergency helicopter a Columbus hospital. Her son was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. The woman's husband was also home at the time, but sustained no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 


Governor Kasich’s application for disaster status for Buckeye Lake businesses has been approved just days after it was submitted. On Thursday the Small Business Administration declared the Buckeye Lake area to be in a state of economic injury disaster. This declaration will give businesses in the Buckeye Lake region the ability to apply for low-interest loans. Licking, Fairfield, and Perry are the primary counties affected by the economic disaster.  


Child-welfare leaders in Ohio are raising awareness about the state’s Safe Haven Law, after a college student recently was arrested for abandoning her newborn child. The baby girl was found dead in a trash can on Muskingum University's campus, and it's a tragedy that some say could have been avoided. Executive director of Muskingum County Adult and Child Protective Services David Boyer explains the Safe Haven Law allows a parent to leave a newborn with an employee at a hospital, fire department or police station.

David Boyer 

A parent may take the newborn to a safe-haven location at any time up until the child is 30 days old. Medical attention will be provided if needed, and the baby will be placed in an adoptive home. If a parent is unsure, an adoption social worker can explain their options and connect them to family-support services.


Heath City Schools will not be looking to tax payers for help replenishing the district's permanent improvement fund. The improvement fund is used for building repairs and maintenance and after many improvement projects this summer, the remaining balance was alarming. After refinancing some outstanding bonds, district Superintendent Trevor Thomas feels confident they don't need to go to tax payers at this time.  


The Licking County Players, a community theatre group is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a season filled with returning favorites. Each of the eight shows in the 2015-2016 have been performed previously in the groups history. The new season kicks off on September 10th with Bus Stop. For more information on the season or to purchase tickets, visit: http://www. lickingcountyplayers.org


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