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News Headlines from Monday, January 16, 2017

Par Excellence Academy held its annual Martin Luther King Day breakfast this morning at the Reese Center on the OSU-N/COTC campus. Doctor Keith Noble delivered the Keynote Address, which centered on the importance of service to the community.

Keith Noble

Dr. Noble currently serves as Chief Intelligence Officer for Florida-based Geneysys Power Corporation. He previously served for nearly a decade with the CIA.


Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 40-year-old Newark man accused of engaging in sex acts with a child. Terrick Sesley has been charged with rape in connection with alleged incidents that began in early 2016. Sesley’s case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.


The investigation continues into a Friday afternoon house fire in east Newark.  Crews from several departments were called to the home on the first block of South Morris Street shortly before 1:00 p.m. and by the time they arrived smoke could be seen coming from the home.  They had the blaze contained in less than 45 minutes.  No injuries were reported.


Jim Lehman, owner Lil' Bear grocery store in downtown Newark, has announced the store will close before the end of the month. Lehman says it was difficult breaking the news to his employees.

Jim Lehman Owner Lil' Bear Grocery Store

Lehman said business really fell off during the downtown sewer separation project and it was just too much for him to overcome.


The 6th Annual Martin Luther King Day Feed the Dream fundraiser will be held today from 9:00am-8:00pm at Ross’ Granville Market. Alan Minton says proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.

Alan Minton with Feed the Dream

For more information visit www.onedayoneton.org.


The city of Newark is seeking members to serve on the five-member Charter Review Commission. Members will review the city Charter and recommend revisions to City Council. The Commission must be comprised of three Republicans and two Democrats who live within city limits. The deadline for submission of consideration is January 31, and City Council Council will vote on candidates at its March 20 meeting.


Denison University has announced a grant from The Eisner Foundation of more than $5 million to build a new performing arts building, which will be named The Michael D. Eisner Center for Performing Arts. Eisner is a member of the Denison Class of 1964, a Life Trustee of the college, and a former chairman and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company. The Eisner Center will be home to the departments of music, dance and theatre.


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