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News Headlines from Monday, September 19, 2016

A Licking County jury returned guilty verdicts Friday in the case of a 32-year-old Newark man accused of sexually assaulting two women. The jury found Roger Black Jr. guilty on two counts each of rape and kidnapping in connection with the October 2015 incidents. Black will be sentenced later this month.


A 25-year-old Heath man accused of sexually assaulting a woman has been indicted. Adam Alexander faces a host charges including two counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition in connection with an incident that occurred in August at a home on the 300 block of South 21st Street in Newark. Alexander is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on $500,000 bond.


Beginning today, the intersection of 4th Street and West Main Street in Newark will be closed to traffic for the Downtown Utility Upgrade Project. The closure is expected to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting.


As a result of the recent outbreak of distemper at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, officials with the Licking County Animal Shelter are keeping a close eye on dogs.

Licking County Dog Warden David Shellhouse

Chief Dog Warden David Shellhouse said its extremely important dog owners make sure their pets have the proper vaccinations. Distemper is an often fatal, contagious respiratory disease that can cause neurological damage.


While folks may focus on the grades on the state report card, Newark School District Superintendent Doug Ute says there are other factors that are just as important to school districts success.

Newark Superintendent Doug Ute

Newark earned one C, three D's and two Fs.  School districts were graded in several areas like graduation rate and the K-3 Literacy component, which looks at how successful the school is at getting struggling readers on track to proficiency in third grade and beyond.


Ohio State is second in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls. Alabama sits atop both polls. The 3-0 Buckeyes have the weekend off. They will play host to Rutgers on Saturday, October 1.






Dining with Diabetes is a three-part cooking school program for individuals with diabetes and their families that offers healthy alternatives in food preparation. The classes will be held on October 6, 13 and 20, at 5:30 p.m., in the Licking Memorial Hospital First Floor Conference Rooms, and will feature healthy meal demonstrations, taste-testing, and discussions about carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. In addition, a three-course meal will be served at each session.


Dining with Diabetes is presented by Licking Memorial Health Systems in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Office and the Licking County Senior Levy. Registered Dietitian Annmarie Thacker, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.E., and Shari L. Gallup, M.S., will instruct the class.


Advanced registration is required to attend the three-part program. Please call (740) 670-5315 to register. The cost, which is due at the time of registration, is $10 for senior citizens (age 60 and over) and $20 for all other participants. Space is limited please register by Friday, September 30.



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