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News Headlines from Thursday, February 26th, 2015


The Licking County Commissioners voted 2-1 to allow for the annexation of roughly 47 acres on Licking Springs Road into Newark from Newton Township. Commissioner Duane Flowers cast the lone no vote. Opponents of the annexation have 30 days to appeal the ruling. If they don't, the annexation will head to Newark City Council for final approval.


Earlier this year, Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver publicly announced that he would be retiring in March.

Newark Police Chief Steven Sarver

Wednesday, the city held a retirement luncheon to honor and thank Chief Sarver for his seven years service. Sarver took over as Newark Police Chief in December 2007. His last day on the job will be Friday, March 6.


The Licking County Community Emergency Response Team - or CERT as it is better known - plays an important role in the community.

CERT Coordinator Lori Dixon

Coordinator Lori Dixon said they will be holding another round of CERT training today at 6:30 p.m. at Livingston Gym on the Denison University campus. To register or for more information call 740-404-5033.


A Run for Ruth 5K is being held in the honor of a Ruth Miller the 11-year-old Newark girl who recently lost her battle to cancer. The 5K will be held Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Reynoldsburg High School on Summit Rd. Cost is $15 per person. Make up date is Sunday, March 15. All runners are asked to wear pink or purple in honor of Ruth. All proceeds are being donated to the Miller family.


During the fourth quarter of 2014, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced over 3.55 million barrels of oil and nearly 164 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Oil increased by more than 545,000 barrels and gas by more than 33 billion cubic feet compared to the third quarter of 2014. Comparing the last two years in Ohio, there has been a 200 percent increase in oil production and a 350 percent increase in gas production.


Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said Wednesday he would run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2016. Strickland, 73, will run against incumbent Republican Rob Portman. Strickland served as Ohio Governor from from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that he served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.


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