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News Headlines from Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


A number of Licking County fire departments battled a house fire in Madison Township Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to the home on the 12000 block of Claylick Road shortly after noon Wednesday and they had the blaze quickly contained. Food left cooking on the stove is believed to have sparked the fire. No injuries were reported.


Detectives have charged a 16-year-old boy with one count of inducing panic, punishable by a minimum of one year of incarceration, or up to 21 years of age, in connection with a bomb threat at Fairfield Career Center. The FCC had to be locked down Tuesday morning after faculty discovered someone had written on the men’s bathroom wall: “school go boom 10-21-14.”, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff's office. Authorities were able to interview several students and arrested the teenager, a student of the school.


Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor will be at the Licking County Republican Party headquarters Monday, October 27 at 4:45 p.m. Taylor will be leading local Republicans in a rally to kick off the last week of campaigning before the November 4 General Election. The Licking County Republican Party headquarters is located at 48 North 4th Street in Newark.


Heath City Auditor Keith Alexander has announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

Heath City Auditor Keith Alexander

Alexander has served as City Auditor since 2002. He also spent a decade on Heath City Council; and, was three-times selected by his peers to serve as President of Council. Heath City Council is currently accepting letters of interest and resumes from any Heath residents interested in completing the term of City Auditor which will end on March 31, 2016. Letters of interest and resumes must be received at the Heath Municipal Building by Friday, October 31 at 4:30 p.m. in order to be considered.


The clock is ticking on efforts to save world history for Ohio’s high school students. Students need to learn world history to pass the current Ohio Graduation Test, but the test will be phased out next year and replaced by exams that only cover American history and government. Corbin Moore with the Ohio Council for the Social Studies says the concern is that if the class is an elective, students will not choose to or have the option to study world history.

Corbin Moore Pres. Ohio Council for the Social Studies

Senate Bill 96 would add world history to the list of social studies credits required for graduation, which include American history and government. The legislation passed the Senate by a unanimous vote in the spring, but has been sitting in an education committee in the House since then.


Central Ohio Technical College recognized three individuals with the 4th annual Legends of Loyalty award presentation during a luncheon held earlier this week. This years honorees are: Art Ghiloni, Carolyn Simpson and Calvin Roebuck. The Legends of Loyalty award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated unselfish allegiance to COTC and whose work has influenced the course and history of the institution. It is the highest honor granted by the college. A $1,000 donation in the name of each award recipient will be given to student scholarships, and their names are engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the Office of the President.


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