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News Headlines from Thursday, July 2, 2015

A large crowd gathered on the Licking County Courthouse Square in downtown Newark this morning as the Ohio History Connection recognized the Courthouse as a significant part of Ohio’s history by awarding it an official Ohio Historical Marker. Licking County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Robert Hoover was among the many dignitaries taking part in today's dedication ceremony.

Licking County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Robert Hoover

The Ohio Historical Markers program, which began in 1957 encompasses over 1500 unique markers across the state. There are 29 historical markers in Licking County.


The Pataskala Police Department is asking for help in tracking down David Bell, 51, who is wanted for theft. If you have any information on his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Pataskala Police Department or your local law enforcement agency.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a breaking and entering and theft from a shed in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports around 8:20 a.m. on May 22, someone broke into a shed located on the first block of W. North St. and stole a motorcycle, TV and old coins. The motorcycle was later found on W. Shields St. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


You can expect to see plenty of Newark Police Officers on the road during the Independence Day holiday. Thanks to a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety officers will have an increase presence on Ohio 13, 16, 79, and the 21st St. areas looking for impaired drivers, seat belt compliance and aggressive drivers.


The recent resignations of Granville Township Trustees Bill Mason and Paul Jenks may have some township residents concerned that services will be impacted. Township Fiscal Officer Jerry Miller says that's not the case.

Granville Township Fiscal Officer Jerry Miller

Miller said the goal is to have Mason's replacement onboard by the July 8 trustee meeting. He would then like to start the process of finding Jenk's replacement. Mason and Jenks resignations leave Melanie Schoot as the remaining Granville Township Trustee.


According to a new report from the American Lung Association in Ohio, reduced teen smoking rates are being quickly offset as e-cigarettes, hookah, and little cigars increase in popularity. Director of Advocacy Shelly Kiser says these items are much more enticing than traditional cigarettes.

Shelly Kiser with the American Lung Association in Ohio

According to the CDC, between 2013 and 2014, E-cigarette use tripled among U.S. high school students – just over 13 percent use E-cigarettes, while about nine percent smoke regular cigarettes.


Central Ohio Technical College will host two 4-day culinary workshops at the Reese Center on the Newark campus. The sessions will be held from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on different days throughout July. The series of workshops, called Community Culinary Creations, offers the community the opportunity to learn from COTC chefs. For more information including cost call 740-364-9565.


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