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News Headlines from Monday, October 20th, 2014

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Newark City Council will meet in regular session this evening and on the agenda is an ordinance on second reading allowing the city to place more than $131,000 in liens on property owners found to be in violation of the city's Property Maintenance Code. The meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

SWEARING IN CEREMONY

The City of Newark will hold a swearing in ceremony today at 11:00 a.m. for the two newest members of the fire department - James McDonald and Kyle Weekly. There will also be a promotional ceremony for firefighter Shaun Glancy and Lieutenant Brandon Metzger. Glancy will be promoted to Lieutenant and Metzger will be promoted to Captain. The ceremony will be held in Council Cambers.

EBOLA SCAMS

The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and fundraisers that have emerged recently. Better Business Bureaus across the country have reported on solicitation from an organization supposedly raising money to help with Ebola. When pressed, the caller says he is from a famous charityís chapter. However, officials confirmed that no such branch exists and that the solicitation is likely a scam. The BBB warns donors to carefully research any charitable efforts - especially those that surface following an event that gains media attention.

DAM OPEN HOUSE

Representatives of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two open house events to share information with residents and stakeholders regarding the ongoing assessment of Buckeye Lake Dam. ODNR has contracted with USACE to provide an independent assessment of the condition of the dam that will include recommendations for operations, maintenance and any needed dam repairs. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, October 28 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Millersport High School. The second meeting will be held the following night from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Buckeye Lake.

CONCERNED ABOUT Teen drivers

Teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate amount of traffic crashes, according to data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. From 2011-2013, teen drivers were at fault in a little over 99,000 traffic crashes resulting in 288 deaths on Ohio's roadways. That represents nine-percent of all fatal crashes during the same time period. The State Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are partnering with the Ohio Department of Insurance to support Teen Driver Safety Week that runs October 19-25.

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Talk-to-text, microphone headsets and voice navigation systems may keep your eyes on the road, but a new study finds hands-free technology in newer cars is not risk-free. According to the research from AAA, three out of four drivers believe hands-free technology in their car is safe to use, but that may not always be the case. Bill Purpura with AAA Ohio says these newer technologies can give drivers a false sense of security.

Bill Purpura with AAA Ohio

The study found three levels of distraction Ė visual, where the driverís eyes are off the road; manual, where the driverís hand is off the wheel; and cognitive, like reading or sending a text with an onboard hands-free device.

QUILT AUCTION

If you love quilts and quilting then be sure to stop by the Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild Annual Live Auction and Sale Tuesday, October 21 at St. Leonard Catholic Church on Dorsey Mills Rd. in Heath. Patty Merrick says proceeds from the auction help to support their charitable efforts.

Patty Merrick with the Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild

Merrick said the auction will feature Chinese and Silent auctions. An auction preview will be held at 5:30 p.m. The auction gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

NO LOVE FOR THE BUCKEYES

The Buckeyes big win over Rutgers did not impress the the pollsters. Ohio State remains No.13 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. They moved up one spot from No. 13 to No. 12 in the Amway Coaches polls. OSU is on the road Saturday night taking on Penn State in Happy Valley.

 

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