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News Headlines from Thursday, March 26th, 2015


As of 9:50 a.m. American Electric Power is reporting that power has been restored to the affected areas.  Terri Flora, director of communications for AEP Ohio tells KOOL 101.7 News that a tree clipped one of their power lines and that caused the outage.



According to American Electric Power's website approximately 2,470 customers in Granville and the west end of Newark remain without power at this hour. Crews are on the scene trying to determine what has caused the outage. No word on when the power will be restored to the affected areas.


Another Town Hall meeting concerning the Buckeye Lake Dam will be held today from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Buckeye Lake Winery. The meeting will focus on the Board of Revisions deadline, lake water levels and the formation of specific committees to deal with the issue. Residents, business owners and other Buckeye Lake stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting.


Rodney Curtis, of Zanesville, is being held on $1 million bond after being indicted on 74 sex related charges. Curtis, 34, faces 63 counts of illegal use of minor in nudity oriented material or performance and 10 counts of sexual battery. The charges involve multiple alleged incidents that occurred last year and involved a 15-year-old girl.


Licking County is #32 in Ohio when it comes to health factors, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Kate Konkle with the UW explains what makes up the health factors category.

Kate Konkle with the University of Wisconsin

Looking at the numbers a little closer Licking County is #31 in the state for health outcomes which consists of length and quality of life.


Newark 8th grade students are in Washington D.C. this week. The students have visited a number of memorials and monuments but Wilson Middle School student Ellacyn Randolph enjoyed one particular stop earlier this week.

Wilson Middle School Student Ellacyn Randolph

Randolph's classmate Darian Athey also had a favorite spot.

Wilson Middle School Student Darian Athey

The students will wrap up their four day trip today with a visit to George Washington's Mount Vernon home. They will return to Newark this evening.


Licking Memorial Health Systems in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Office is once again hosting the Dining with Diabetes three-part cooking school program for individuals with diabetes and their families. The classes offer healthful alternatives for food preparation and a three-course meal will be served at each session. They will be held at LMH on three consecutive Thursday at 5:30 p.m. starting April 9. The cost is $10 for people age 60 and older and $20 for all other participants. Advance registration is required. Call LMH for more information.

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