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News Headlines from Thursday, May 19, 2016

A 35-year-old Newark woman faces a number of charges following a fiery crash Tuesday night on Ohio 16. Brandy Wilson has been charged with OVI, child endangering and failure to comply after crashing her car while allegedly driving intoxicated with her infant son in the vehicle. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, a trooper pulled Wilson and her 4-month-old son from the car. Wilson has pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance.


Multiple fire crews were called to a pole barn fire this morning in Fallsbury Township. According to the Licking County 911 Center, firefighters were called to the scene on the 12000 block of Fallsburg Road NE around 4:30 a.m. and it took them more than an hour to contain the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.


The Newark Fire Department has received a national award.

NFD Captain Brandon Metzger

Captain Brandon Metzger said agencies that receive the Lifeline Silver Award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for one year.


The Salvation Army of Newark held its first annual Civic Awards ceremony Wednesday at the DoubleTree by Hilton. During the event they handed out the Others Award, which recognizes an individual or group that exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of service to others. This year's recipient was Lenny Stowers with the Rolling Thunder Toy Run.

Lenny Stowers

In addition, Jerry McClain received the William Booth Award

Jerry McClain

The William Booth Award is one of the highest awards that may be conferred upon an individual by the Salvation Army.


Johnstown officials are hosting another public meeting this evening to discuss the application for Neighborhood Revitalization Funds to improve the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood. Up to $500,000 is available to improve the quality of life, liability and safety of the area. The meeting will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in council chambers.


The Newark City School District and three schools were awarded the inaugural Momentum Award by the Ohio Board of Education. Carson Elementary, Legend Elementary and Heritage Middle School joined the district in receiving the designation. The award is given to districts and schools that received straight A’s on every value-added measure included in state report cards. Statewide, only 165 schools — or about 4 percent — received the Momentum Award.


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