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News Headlines from Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Licking County Safe Communities program reported seven fatal crashes with nine people killed in Licking County for the period June 1 through August 30. So far this year there have been 13 fatal crashes with 15 people killed in the county. This compares with three traffic deaths for the same period in 2013, and 14 total fatalities last year. According to officials, excessive speed, motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts, and going left of center have been the overwhelming factors in the increase in fatal crashes.


How would you like an office with a view from the Big Basket? Colliers International of Columbus has listed as available for lease as much as 90,000 square feet of office space, or approximately 50 percent of Longabergerís iconic seven-story, headquarters on East Main Street in Newark.


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that with just under three weeks to go before the 2014 General Election, nearly 741,000 Ohioans have already cast and/or requested an absentee ballot for the November 4th General Election.


Licking Memorial Hospital is hosting a free Baby Expo Sunday, October 19, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The Baby Expo is a great way for new mothers, expectant mothers, and women who are considering pregnancy to learn more about Licking Memorial's Maternal Child Services.

Rob Montagnese President and CEO LMHS

Rob Montagnese, president and CEO LMHS, said the Baby Expo will feature a variety of vendor displays, speakers and information on: pregnancy care, including nutrition, newbornsí special needs, including nutrition and safe sleep and CPR for infants, children and adults.


According to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio, weatherization efforts reduce utility debt and lowers rates for all households. Mike Piepsny, executive director of Environmental Health Watch says it also improves the health and safety of Ohioís aging housing stock.

Mike Piepsny Executive Director of Environmental Health Watch

The report finds that an estimated 300,000 Ohio households spend over 30 percent of their yearly income on home energy bills.


The Licking County Health Departmentís Screening and Survivor Support for Breast Cancer program will be holding its 7th Annual Pink Strides Trail Run and Wellness Walk 5K this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Infirmary Mound Park. This event helps fund breast cancer education and mammogram assistance services through the SASS for Breast Cancer program, as well as general wellness programming in Licking County. Registration is $30.00 per person and can be completed the day of the event.


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