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News Headlines from Monday, August 31, 2015

In late April, the Newark City Council Service Committee approved a measure to allow the city to begin negotiations with Licking County officials to move the police dispatching to the 911 Center. This evening, the Service Committee will vote on a resolution to enter into a contract with the county to move the police dispatching.  Today's committee meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.


According to the Newark Engineer's Office, beginning today Buena Vista Street, just south of Manning Street, will be closed for a bridge replacement project. The bridge will be closed until October 31, weather permitting. Motorists should use North Cedar Street as an alternate route.


Anthony Chandler, the Newark man accused of assaulting and abducting a family member has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Chandler, 30, recently pleaded guilty to a host charges including abduction and domestic violence in connection with incidents that took place in late 2014 and earlier this year.


Fed Up! Coalition’s International Overdose Awareness Day Rally will take place today from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on the Courthouse Square. Patricia Perry, one of the organizers of the local rally, says the event highlights the devastating toll of opioid prescription pill and heroin addiction.

Rally Organizer Patricia Perry

Perry said since 2008, more than 124,000 Americans have died from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses. Ohio, is third in the nation for the epidemic which has shown to have a catastrophic impact on families.


The amount of bicycles on the road continues to grow each and every day and that is why Licking County officials are working hard to get the word out about the Share the Road campaign.

Jerry Newton Licking County Planning and Development Director

Jerry Newton, Licking County Planning and Development Director, urges both motorists and bikers to not only share the road but also pay attention to their surroundings.


Mental Health America of Licking County has announced Bethanne Leffel-Ployhar as the new Director of YES Club. The Licking Valley and Ohio State graduate is an active Licensed Independent Social Worker with extensive experience in family counseling for adults and children. YES Club, a program of MHALC, was founded in 1992 to provide a safe haven to Licking County teens


AAA predicts 35.3 million Americans, including more than 1.5 million Ohioans, will travel at least 50 miles from home between Thursday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 7. This is an increase of 1 percent nationwide and 1.8 percent for Ohio from Labor Day 2014 and marks the highest number of travelers since 2008. Nearly 88 percent of Ohio travelers will drive to their destinations this Labor Day.

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