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News Headlines from Monday, May 2, 2016

A 30-year-old Newark man accused of raping a girl who at the time was less than 13 has been indicted. Jamie Burkett faces three counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition in connection with alleged incidents that took place over a number of years. Burkett, who also faces one count of escape, remains held at the Licking County Justice Center on $150,000 bond.


After three crashes in Licking County related to Ohio’s move over law, two involving state troopers, the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement and increasing awareness to put an end to this dangerous trend. Troopers will aggressively enforce the state’s move over law during an enforcement and public relations campaign running from May 1-7. In addition, Lieutenant Kevin Miller is asking local businesses, schools and employers to participate in a “Blue Out” day on Friday, May 6.  Lt. Miller is encouraging people to wear blue, the color of the Patrol’s cruiser lights, to increase awareness and show support for the move over law.


Imagine on any given day waking up unsure if there will be enough food to feed your family. That's the situation for one in six Ohioans who are food insecure, according to the findings of the newest "Map the Meal Gap" report. Joree Novotny with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks adds that these households experience an average food budget shortfall of about $15 per person each week.

Joree Novotny with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

Novotny notes that hunger occurs in every Ohio county, from major cities to rural, Appalachian regions and nearly one-in-four Ohio kids living in food-insecure households.


Ohioans and others around the nation are encouraged to turn off their television, computer, and tablets during this week's Screen-Free Week. Josh Golin, executive director, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, says turning off screens can shift the focus to more engaging activities, which can improve well being and relationships.

Josh Golin with Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood

Experts say too much screen time is linked to obesity, sleep disruptions and emotional troubles – especially among children.


The Works has received a grant from State Farm in the amount of $15,000 in support of STEM programming. For years, State Farm has supported The Works with funding and volunteers. This grant will help to nurture and grow quality STEM programming at The Works, allowing the community’s youth to gain the valuable skills necessary to succeed in today’s industries. For more information on STEM education at The Works, visit www.attheworks.org/STEM.


Ohio State University Newark freshman Konner Barr was recently selected as the assistant drum major for The Ohio State University Marching Band during the 2016-17 season. The 19-year-old Gahanna resident competed against five others in the recent annual drum major tryouts.


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