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News Headlines from Monday, August 14, 2017

A 25-year-old Galloway man was killed in a Sunday night crash in Licking County. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, Bryan Lake was traveling east on U.S. 62 just east of Johnstown around 11:45 p.m. when he went left of center, overcorrected, and drove off the right side of the roadway. The car overturned several times before striking a tree. Lake, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.


Newark Police is looking for a 16-year-old girl and her 1-year-old child. Licking County Children Services reported Macalie Hammond and her son Jonathen as missing or runaway. They both were last seen in the downtown Newark area Friday afternoon. Hammond has possible friends and family ties in the Newark and Heath areas.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call their local law enforcement agency


Three Newark City Council committees will meet this evening. The meetings in order are Finance, Service and Personnel. The Personnel Committee will discuss whether or not to approve a new contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2963 and Ohio Council 8 AFL-CIO. The meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers.


Beginning tonight there will be single lane closures in each direction on Interstate 70 at the Ohio 79 Interchange so crews can set new steel beams for the SR79 bridge over I-70. Lane closures will take place from 7:00pm until 6:00am through Friday, August 18. Motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes.


The Licking County Auditor's Office has mailed the first round of letters notifying property owners of their 2017 reappraisal value.  

Licking County Auditor Michael Smith

Licking County Auditor Michael Smith said it is important to note that an increase in property value does not result in an equivalent increase in property taxes. His office will also be holding informal hearings to discuss property values.  The meetings are scheduled for:  8/17 Tri-Village Church 7509 E. Broad St., Pataskala 6-8 PM; 8/19 Call Center (740) 670-5066 9 AM 12 PM (Number only active at time of Call Center); 8/21 Council Chambers 599 S. Main St., Johnstown 5-7 PM; 8/29 LC Admin Building Room D - 20 S. 2nd St., Newark 1-7 PM;  8/31 Etna Township Office 81 S. Liberty St., Etna 6-8 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time


The Pride of Newark Marching Band will show off their new uniforms during a special performance this evening at White Field.

NHS Band Director Lee Auer

Band Director Lee Auer said today's performance is scheduled to get underway at 8:45 p.m.


The Dawes Arboretum is hosting the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Landscapes Symposium on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This unique event will focus on incorporating native trees and shrubs into your home landscape with the help of keynote speaker and award-winning author Dr. Doug Tallamy. Attendees can expect to learn about selecting native plants suited to their backyard to create a more sustainable ecosystem. Registration ends on August 22, so get your tickets today! The registration fee is $49 for Dawes Arboretum members or $64 for non-members, which includes a one-year Sugar Maple membership to The Arboretum. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.

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