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News Headlines from Monday, April 13th, 2015

Newark City Council's Service Committee will meet this evening and the main topic of discussion will be a proposal to shift police dispatching to the Licking County 911 Center. The FOP and AFSCME will deliver a joint presentation on the issue and then the Service Committee is expected to vote on a measure to allow the city to negotiate and enter into a contract with Licking County to move the police dispatching to the 911 Center. The Service Committee is scheduled to meet after the Finance Committee. The meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. City Council Chambers.


The Newark School Board will meet in regular session this evening and on the agenda is a recommendation to approve the continuation of drug testing services for student athletes in the amount of $12,000 during the 2015-2016 school year. The meeting, which gets underway at 6:30 p.m., is being held at the district offices on Mount Vernon Road.


The Kiwanis Club of Newark has announced the 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival will be held on the vacant property located at the corner of Fourth Street and Locust Street in Newark. The change in location is due to the sewer-separation project currently taking place in the area near the Courthouse Square in downtown Newark. The city of Newark has granted Kiwanis permission to close Locust Street between Third and Fourth Streets during the Strawberry Festival. The vacant lot is owned by the Jerry McClain Companies. “We are very happy that we can keep the festival location within the Newark downtown area this year. This was all made possible through the generosity of Jerry McClain.” said Newark Kiwanian and Strawberry Festival Chairman Lynn Fawcett. In addition to Mr. McClain, the Kiwanis Club of Newark would like to thank Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and Safety Director Bill Spurgeon; Noble Snow with Wilson, Shannon and Snow Inc.; Dennis Harrington with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services; Tony and Karen Skulas, owners of Future Concepts Computer Specialists Inc.; and Park National Bank for their willingness to help in securing the new location.


A new report ranks Ohio eleventh among states for the highest percentages in the nation of bridges that are in need of major repairs or upgrades. The analysis was done by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. Alison Black says they found that more than 7 percent of Ohio's bridges, numbering more than 2,000 are structurally deficient.

Alison Black with the ARTBA

Black says Ohio has more than twice as many structurally deficient bridges in urban areas as in rural areas.


Wednesday, April 15 is Ohio Memory Day a day when organizations that focus on Alzheimer's and the families dealing with disease will converge on Columbus.

Vince McGrail Exec. Dir. Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio

Vince McGrail, executive director, Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio said during Memory Day Alzheimer's advocates will have the opportunity to reach state elected officials and to ask them to produce real policy change.


March was Red Cross Month and Hopewell Federal Credit Union celebrated with a variety of events to mark the occasion. Fundraising efforts included the sale of everyday hero cards for $1 at their Heath and Newark locations and Red Cross t-shirt sales. Over the course of the month, HFCU raised $500 in support of the Red Cross.

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