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News Headlines from Thursday, September 11th, 2014

SCHOOLS PLACED LOCKDOWN

Newark High School and John Clem Elementary were each on a brief lockdown earlier this afternoon. Seth Roy, community outreach coordinator Newark City Schools, tells KOOL 101.7 News the schools were placed on lock down following a report of a burglary in the area near the two schools. In addition, a female student at NHS claimed to have a gun and then left the school. Officials eventually found the girl who did not have a weapon. The lockdowns have since been lifted.

PATRIOTS DAY

The nation is setting aside time today to honor those who lost their life in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton was at work when word first came about the planes striking the World Trade Center towers.

Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton

Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver says our way of life changed forever that fateful morning.

Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver

Mayor Compton said American Legion Post #107 is holding a special service today at 7:00 p.m. at the Veterans Green in downtown Pataskala. Governor Kasich has ordered all flags be flown at half-staff today in honor of Patriots Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

SUPPORTING UNITED WAY

Newark Mayor Jeff Hall has announced that the city has kicked off its United Way of Licking County Campaign that will run through the next two weeks. Each year, city employees provide personal financial support through donations and payroll deduction. The campaign will wrap up on Friday, September 19, with a joint City-County government sponsored luncheon fundraising event on the square in downtown Newark featuring a food truck rodeo open to the public.

URBAN DEER HUNTING

Tuesday, the Licking County commissioners adopted a resolution to authorize the use of a portion of the River View Preserve for the hunting of deer in accordance with City of Newark's 2014 Urban Deer Hunting program. Bowhunter applications for the program are now available at the Newark Police Department on South 4th Street as well as Broken Arrow Archery on Mount Vernon Road. Property owners who wish to register their property with the city may also pick up an application and information packet at the Newark Police Department.

RSB PREPARING FOR A STRIKE

Wednesday morning, the Reynoldsburg Board of Education met in order to approve a resolution directing Superintendent Tina Thomas Manning to keep schools open during a strike, if one happens. Earlier this week, the the Reynoldsburg Education Association issued a notice of intent to strike at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 19. The Board took a couple of steps Wednesday including the purchase of additional materials to assist substitute teachers and students during a strike. In addition, security personnel during a strike will be assigned to assist students, parents, staff and others who have business at the schools cross picket lines as needed with minimal inconvenience.

SCHIEDLER BALL

HATSOFF!, The Works largest bi-annual black tie fundraising event will take place Saturday, September 13. Managing Director Marcia Downes says this year's event has a special theme.

Works Managing Director Marcia Downes

Downes said money raised during the Scheidler Ball goes directly toward The Works’ operating budget.

DAWES PLANT SALE

The Dawes Arboretum will hold its popular Fall Plant Sale Saturday, September 13 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can choose from the Arboretum's selection of native perennials, many of which were grown on grounds, assorted trees and shrubs. Dawes Arboretum members receive 15 percent off their purchase.
 

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