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News Headlines from Thursday, November 26, 2015
                                          HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Two men are dead following a Thanksgiving Day shooting at a home in Heath.  Authorities were called to the home on the 100 block of Rosemary Lane around 4:00 p.m. Thursday.  According to witnesses there was an argument between the two men and shots were fired resulting in their deaths.  The men’s names and ages have not been released and the incident remains under investigation.


A special ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon to officially unveil the new roundabout on the Courthouse Square. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall was impressed with the final product.

Mayor Jeff Hall

Newark 7th Ward Councilwoman Carol Floyd was pleased as well.

Councilwoman Carol Floyd

Traffic around the Courthouse Square is flowing once again, but Mayor Hall said it will be a little tricky at first so motorists should use extra caution especially when entering the roundabout for the first time.


In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to wear a safety belt and to drive sober. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 23 people were killed in 20 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 23 fatalities, 30 percent, were the result of an impaired driver.


Many of us will be cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers reminds Ohioans to use extra caution to ensure a safe and happy feast. Cooking is the leading cause of all fires in Ohio and the United States. Safety tips include – whether cooking on a stove or using a deep fryer never leave the food unattended, keep children and pets three feet away from the stove and deep fryer and keep potholders, oven mitts, towels and anything flammable away from your stovetop or deep fryer.


AAA predicts 2 million Ohioans will travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend with nearly 90 percent of them driving. If you are hitting the road the Ohio Department of Transportation reminds you to use their real-time traffic portal – www.ohgo.com to help avoid any traffic tie-ups. The website allows users to get up-to-the-minute travel information about: current highway traffic speeds, traffic accidents and road construction, closures and delays.


If you are looking for something different to do the two days after Thanksgiving then you may want to head over to the Octagon at Moundbuilders Country Club.

Dr. Richard Shiels

Dr. Richard Shiels, with the Newark Earthworks Center, said they will provide a guided tour of the the Octagon and explain the lunar cycle Friday beginning at 6:15 p.m. and again Saturday at 7:15 p.m.


The cash registers will be ringing later this week as consumers converge on stores for the traditional Black Friday shopping experience. Joan Coughlin, with the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio says you need to be a smart shopper.

Joan Coughlin with the BBB

Roughly 135.8 million Americans plan to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.


The 67th Annual Licking County Courthouse Lighting takes place Friday night. The festivities get underway 6:00 p.m. with plenty of family entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and of course the traditional lighting of the Licking County Courthouse.


A number of Ohio health advocacy groups are supporting House Bill 221 which if enacted would make all K-12 school campuses smoke free. Shelly Kiser with the American Lung Association in Ohio says the legislation would bring consistency across the board, because not all smoke-free policies are the same.

Shelly Kiser with the American Lung Association in Ohio

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger asthma attacks, and increase wheezing and coughing in children.



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