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News Headlines from Thursday, March 21, 2019

UTICA MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 56-year-old Utica man accused of inappropriately touching a girl less than 10 years old. Jeffery Long has been charged with rape in connection with alleged incidents that occurred over five years ago. Long is due back in court on Thursday, March 28.  His case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.

TESTING TORNADO SIRENS

Tornado Siren

That was as a familiar sound across Ohio Wednesday morning as officials held a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

LICKING COUNTY FOUNDATION GRANTS

The Licking County Foundation hosted the 2019 Grant Celebration event Wednesday morning at Licking Memorial Hospital. Director Connie Hawk says about $1.4 million in grants has been awarded to various organizations in our community.

Connie Hawk Director Licking County Foundation

Hawk said the grants touch various aspects of life in Licking County including arts and culture, mental health and parks and recreation.

FLU SEASON DRAGS ON

The flu continues to make its way across Ohio.  For the week ending Saturday, March 9 there were 879 flu associated hospitalizations and that was up a little over 100 from the previous week, according to the Ohio Department of Health.  So far, this flu season there's been 4,570 flu associated hospitalizations in Ohio.

2019 OHIO GOVERNOR'S YOUTH ART EXHIBITION

Congratulations to Newark High School senior Jazmin Harkin. One of Harkin's pottery sets she created this year has been selected in the Top 25 of all entries in the 2019 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition. Statewide, more than 11,000 art entries were submitted and of those, 300 will be on display from April 22-May 16 at the Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus. Harkin is the first Newark High School student to be recognized with the Top 25 Award.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS

An annual deadline is just around the corner for Ohio students interested in applying for College Credit Plus. The program provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college credits for free before graduating from high school.

Laura Padgett with the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Laura Padgett, with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, said efforts are taking place to increase program participation for under-represented students. The program began in 2015 with more than 54,000 students, and enrollment grew to 74,000 participants by the third year.  Students interested in College Credit Plus for the 2019-2020 school year must submit a letter of intent by April 1.

 

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