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News Headlines from Monday, July 27, 2015
HUNT IS ON FOR ZANESVILLE MAN

Muskingum County officials are asking for your help in tracking down a 47-year-old Zanesville man. Branson Sherwood is wanted on failure to appear for a court hearing on domestic violence. If you have any information on his whereabouts contact your local law enforcement agency.

OHIO TCA TO DISCUSS AMAZON PROJECT

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority will meet today and among the items they will be discussing is a new project concerning Amazon.com Inc. in central Ohio.  Amazon is looking at building a new customer fulfillment center in either Etna Township or Obetz.

FIRE STATION FAREWELL

Newark fire officials invite the community to stop in for one last look at Fire Station #1 on South 4th Street on Tuesday, July 28 - the last day they will be taking runs from the building. Firefighters will be moving into the new station directly behind the old one so it can be torn down and the new station finished. Fire Station #1 was built in 1959.  Tuesday's open house will run from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

PURSE SNATCHER CAUGHT

New Lexington officers arrested a 26-year-old Columbus man for purse snatchings that occurred late last week. Both victims were in two local businesses when they had their purses stolen. According to police, the quick actions of the victims and witnesses allowed officers to make an arrest within two hours of the second incident.

SUNDAY DINNER PLEDGE

Time is running out for area families to take the Sunday Dinner Pledge and, at the same time, support Meals on Wheels. Through Friday, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels - up to $20,000 - for every pledge made at www.sundaydinnerpledge.com. Amy Huddleston, owner Home Instead Senior Care in Granville and Zanesville, says one meal a week can make a big difference.

Amy Huddleston owner Home Instead Senior Care in Granville and Zanesville

New research shows that 50 percent of families living near senior relatives believe they do not share enough meals with these older loved ones, losing an important family connection.

SALES TAX HOLIDAY

Ohio is offering its first-ever sales tax holiday next month to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies. The sales tax holiday will take place Aug. 7-9 and applies to clothing and footwear items that cost $75 or less and to supplies and instructional Materials that cost $20 or less. Ohio lawmakers passed a law last year authorizing the sales tax holiday.

ROUND UP DONATIONS

The Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up Foundation, Inc. recently awarded a little over $23,000 to eight community groups in its service area including: Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Heath, the Monroe Township Fire Department and the Center for Disability Services. Operation Round Up is a community service program whereby members “round up” their utility bills to the next dollar and that amount is donated to groups in the Energy Cooperative’s nine county service area who meet funding guidelines.

CLEAN WATER ACT

Some of Ohio's 110 thousand miles of streams could lose potential environmental protections as Congress considers rescinding a recent EPA rule, which extends Clean Water Act standards to smaller streams and wetlands. A recent poll by the National Wildlife Federation finds 83 percent of hunters and anglers support the rule. Matt Misicka with the Ohio Conservation Federation says millions of Ohioans appreciate the importance of these waters.

Matt Misicka with the Ohio Conservation Federation

Opponents argue the rule will hurt agriculture and infringe on property owners rights.

BUTTERFLY SEMINAR

The Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society & Museum will host Chris Kline from the Franklin Park Conservatory in the third of the natural resource series this summer. Butterfly Gardening will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the Buckeye Lake Museum on Walnut Road. Kline will share the current status of the monarch butterfly, the impacts of protected status, and how you can help protect the monarch butterfly.

 

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