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News Headlines from Thursday, January 19, 2017

Numerous fire departments from across the area were busy earlier this morning battling a barn fire at a dairy farm in Jersey Township. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News, crews were called to the scene on the 3900 block of Beech Road NW shortly before 4:00 a.m. and they remain on the scene. No injuries have been reported and the cause is under investigation.


A 39-year-old Newark man with numerous convictions dating back to 1999 is in trouble once again. Dusty McMullen has been charged with breaking and entering in connection with an alleged incident that occurred last week. McMullen's bond was set at $20,000. He also faces a domestic violence charge stemming from an August 2016 incident in which he allegedly assaulted a family member.


A number of Licking County residents are heading to Washington D.C. for Friday's Presidential Inauguration. Republican Party Chairwoman Billie Fiore Zimmers left Wednesday morning.

Licking Count Republican Party Chairwoman Billie Fiore Zimmers

Zimmers said several local students will be among the local contingent on hand Friday.


The flu is picking up steam in Ohio.

Melanie Amato with the Ohio Department of Health

Melanie Amato, with the Ohio Department of Health, said during the first week of January, there were 287 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio compared to 157 the week before.


The Red Cross continues its call for blood and platelet donors. Since December 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. From now through February 28, those who come to give blood or platelets in the Central Ohio Region can enter to win $2,000 in Kroger gift cards, good for gas or groceries. To schedule a donation appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


Central Ohio Technical College will dedicate a permanent memorial on the Newark campus to honor alumni and current students of the Institute for Public Services and Safety who are killed in the line of duty. Fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell will be the first name permanently added to that memorial. The memorial dedication will be held Monday, Jan. 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Adena Hall.


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