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News Headlines from Monday, June 18, 2018


The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an Air Quality Alert for today.  The region is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. 


Newark City Council will meet in regular session this evening and on the agenda is a resolution to begin accepting bids for the purchase and installation of new, high-Efficiency Street lighting. The new lighting would be for lights on the highways, on and off ramps and under bridges. Today's meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.


Construction of the new Flory Park 21st Street Bike Park will begin today. The dirt bike trails will be closed to riders, and will remained closed through the month of July. A grand reopening of Flory Park is being planned for Saturday, August 4, 2018. The City of Newark, the Licking County Foundation and the Licking County Family YMCA have partnered to enhance the amenities and activities at Flory Park.


The 37th Annual Licking County-Muskingum Valley All-Star Football Game will be held on Friday, June 22. This year's game takes on special significance due to the recent passing of Licking County League Commissioner and long time high school official Kelly Miller.

Scott Beery

Scott Beery, principal Licking Valley Middle School and game director, said Friday's game is being played at Newark's White Field. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Parking is $3. Ticket is $5.


Some food and farming groups are scratching their heads over proposed labels for genetically engineered foods. The long-awaited labels released by the United States Department of Agriculture stem from a 2016 federal law requiring the disclosure of foods produced using genetic engineering. But critics, including farmer Paul Dorrance believe the proposal falls short. He says the USDA essentially rebranded GE foods to make them more palatable.

Farmer Paul Dorrance

Some industry organizations argue the phrase “genetically engineered,” has generated negative connotations, and the new “BE” term is more impartial. A recent poll found most Ohioans disapprove of genetically engineered foods, and a majority are in favor of GE food labeling.


The Midland Theatre has released its line up for the Fall 2018 Season. The schedule includes - Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive, America and a special Cream 50th Anniversary Tour featuring the son of Ginger Baker, son of Jack Bruce and nephew of Eric Clapton. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 26. Visit www.midlandtheatre.org for more information.


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