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News Headlines from Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The Ohio Development Services Agency will award a $250,000 Community Housing Impact and Preservation Grant to Newark. In a press release, Mayor Jeff Hall indicated that the City will launch full house rehabilitation for six homeowners. The Newark Department of Development has a waiting list of interested homeowners and will commence a review of eligible applicants.


The Energy Cooperative held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday afternoon for a new high-voltage substation in Jersey Township in western Licking County. President and CEO Todd Ware says they already have some the feeder lines into the substation completed.

Energy Cooperative President and CEO Todd Ware

The new substation, which will be located on Jug Street near the intersection of Beech Road in Johnstown, will be called Smith's Mill Substation.


Newark Firefighters IAFF Local 109 will be volunteering their off-duty time to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. Firefighters will be at the intersection of North 21st Street and Log Pond Drive today and Friday from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. In 2013, Newark firefighters raised $14,000 toward the cure of over 40 different neuro-muscular diseases. 2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the partnership between the International Association of Firefighters and the MDA.

Oda Health Alert

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced by Tank’s Meats, Inc. located in Elmore, Ohio. Consumers should be aware that meat and poultry products were misbranded and/or produced without the benefit of inspection. There have been no reports of illness involving products addressed in this alert. Consumers with questions about food safety can contact the ODA’s Division of Meat Inspection at 614-728-6260.


Affordable rental housing is out of reach for many of the state's poorest workers, according to a new report. Bill Faith, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, says since the housing crisis, it's become increasingly difficult for lower-income households to find affordable rental units, because more higher-income households are renting.

Bill Faith Exec. Dir. of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

The report also found that in 2012, there were just 35 rental homes affordable and available for every 100 extremely low-income households.


Central Ohio Technical College is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit December 8 and 9, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. COTC has been accredited by the Commission since April 1975.


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