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News Headlines from Monday, August 22, 2016


The Newark Police Department is taking part in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign that is in effect until Labor Day. Newark officers will be concentrating their overtime efforts on state Routes 13,16, 79, and the 21st Street area. The city is a 2016 recipient of the State of Ohio Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Grant.


Work is scheduled to start today on Newark-Granville Road. Crews will construct the new interchange at Thornwood crossing and install turn lanes at the new intersection. This will tie Newark-Granville Road into the Cherry Valley interchange on State Route 16. Newark-Granville Road will remain closed for 21 days.


It's been two decades since President Bill Clinton signed a bill purported to end welfare as we know it, and a new report takes stock of the success of welfare reform. The law replaced the cash assistance entitlement for poor families and children with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. John Corlett, with The Center for Community Solutions, spoke with Ohioans involved in the debate at the time to see if the new program helped people become more self-sufficient and reduce dependence on assistance.

John Corlett Pres. and Exec. Dir. Center for Community Solutions

The findings also note that poverty is actually higher in Ohio now up to nearly 16 percent in 2015 compared with about 10 percent in 1999.


An estimated 7,400 veterans commit suicide each year--which works out to 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

Gary Jones with the Licking County Veterans Service Commission

Gary Jones, with the Licking County Veterans Service Commission, said they offer a number of programs and services to help veterans who may be struggling with depression and other mental health issues. In an effort to raise awareness of veteran suicide Americans are asked to take part in the 22 Pushup Challenge. Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, the premise is simple: do 22 pushups and then challenge someone else to do the same.


The Works has created a new partnership with local industries to help area high school students learn about manufacturing careers. The Works is currently accepting registrations for its first Manufacturing Your Future High School competition, which will be held on Saturday, October 22. Student teams will select a manufacturing-based challenge and present their solutions before a panel of judges. Visit www.attheworks.org for more information.


The Associated Press preseason college football poll is out and Ohio State checks in at No. 6 Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU round out the Top 5. The Buckeyes open the season on Saturday, September 3 at home against Bowling Green.


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