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News Headlines from Monday, November 23, 2015

The investigation continues into a weekend fire that caused significant damage to the Trout Club.  Firefighters were called to the Trout Club shortly after 5:30 a.m. Saturday and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the building.  The fire was quickly contained to the rear of the building.  No injuries were reported.  According to the Trout Club's Facebook page some events will be canceled as a result of the blaze.


It looks like its going to be a busy Monday night in Newark City Council Chambers. Five committees – Finance, Service, Rules, Capital Improvements and Personnel – have scheduled meetings for this evening. The Rules Committee will discuss an ordinance that would require mandatory ethics training for certain elected and appointed officials. Today's meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m.


The Christmas shopping season will kick into high gear on Friday and one local police department is issuing a warning to shoppers. Over the past week the Reynoldsburg Police Department has received numerous complaints of items stolen from vehicles in the Taylor Square shopping area. According to police, in almost every case the stolen items were left in plain sight in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. Police remind folks to not leave items in plain sight in your vehicle.


Newark City Schools' Beyond After School Adventures program has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Ohio School Boards Association.

Gemma Zimmerman with the Newark School District

Gemma Zimmerman, special programs coordinator Newark School District, said the Beyond After School Adventures program is currently being offered in four elementary school buildings and two middle school buildings.


The Kiwanis Club of Newark recently installed new officers and board members for its 2015-2016 year. Chuck Schultz, banking officer, Park National Bank, was sworn in as the 2015-16 President. Abbey Border, director of sales, DoubleTree by Hilton, was sworn in as President-Elect, and Mareion Royster, assistant vice president and trust officer, Park National Bank, was sworn in as Vice President. The 2015 Kiwanian of the Year was presented to Heather Powell, assistant director of operations, TrueCore Federal Credit Union.


A number of Ohio communities are tackling efforts to expand early childhood learning from the bottom up. Troy Jackson with the People’s Platform for Universal Preschool, says parents, educators, and preschool providers see the need for high-quality early learning. He adds it's also important for the community as a whole.

Troy Jackson with the People’s Platform for Universal Preschool

Jackson said two years of excellent preschool education, will make a huge difference in the lives of children across the state.


Ohio State has taken a big fall in this week's Top 25 polls. The Buckeyes dropped from No. 2 to No. 8 in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls, as a result of Saturday night's loss to Michigan State.  OSU will close out the season Saturday afternoon in Michigan.

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