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News Headlines from Monday, February 20, 2017

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 19-year-old Newark man accused of beating his 3-month-old son.  Brevin Smith faces one count of endangering children following his arrest last week.  According to officials, the baby suffered a number of injuries and remains hospitalized at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Smith's case will next go before a grand jury for possible indictment.


The investigation is underway into a weekend fire that destroyed a mobile home in Newark. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News, firefighters were called to scene on Alma Avenue near Ballard Avenue a little before noon Sunday and by the time they arrived smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home. No injuries were reported.


The first-half property tax deadline in Licking County is on Wednesday, February 22. Some folks may be hesitant to pay online following the problems with the county's computer network.

Licking County Treasurer Olivia Parkinson

Treasurer Olivia Parkinson said you can also stop by the Treasurer's office and make your payment or you can always mail it - just as long as it is postmarked by Feb. 22.


The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a recent church break-in. If you have any information, call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office at 740-452-3637.


Students, faculty and staff on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College are learning about diversity by reaching out to each other.

Vorley Taylor Program Manager for Multi-Cultural Affairs OSU-N/COTC

Vorley Taylor, program manager for Multi-Cultural Affairs at OSU-N/COTC said the multi-year Exploring Differences, Voicing Respect campaign uses four phases to bring awareness to the similarities and differences among those on campus and to teach respect for one another and the world around us.


Learn the history of maple syrup production and enjoy a sample of this tasty treat from the trees during Maple Syrup Days at The Dawes Arboretum—Feb. 25 through March 12. Visitors are invited to stroll down the Maple Syrup Trail from the main parking lot to the Log Cabin, passing displays on the history and process of maple sugaring along the way. At the Cabin, they will be greeted by docents who will share information on how The Arboretum’s working evaporator turns sap into syrup and offered tastes of real maple syrup. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.




The Newark City Council Service Committee is among the four committees that is scheduled to meet Monday night. Licking County Health Commissioner Joe Ebel is scheduled to deliver his annual report to the Service Committee. Monday's meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.


A number of groups are joining forces to call for a comprehensive approach to fighting hunger in Ohio. Over 200 food bank partners, farmers and legislators gathered at the statehouse recently to discuss the scope of hunger and what can be done to better support the state’s relief network. Farmer Chad Buurma participates in the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program, which helps farmers distribute surplus product to local food banks. He says many folks just don’t realize the need.

Farmer Chad Buurma

Currently, the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program and the state’s other anti-hunger programs are run separately with limited flexibility. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is asking state leaders to unify the programs under one $30 million request in the biennial budget.


The Hebron Fire Department is issuing a warning to local business owners throughout Licking County about a company claiming to be conducting a fundraiser for them through the sale of advertisement space on a fire safety magnet. A local Newark business owner notified the fire department Tuesday of the phone call that she received from the company FireSafetyMagnets.com in Illinois. The Hebron Fire Department has not authorized any company to solicit the sale of advertisement space, nor have they entered into any agreement with a company to assist in fundraising. The department urges anyone receiving a phone call of this nature to please contact fire department immediately by calling (740) 928-4721.


Village of Granville officials are reminding pet owners that they are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs and cats. When you walk your dog, take the necessary plastic bag, dog mitt, or pooper scooper with you to clean up the dog waste. Also, clean-up along the bike path and all sidewalk areas.






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