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News Headlines from Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

STREET LEVY IS MOVING FORWARD

Monday night, the Newark Ways and Means Committee has approved a measure to send to full City Council a proposal to place a 2-mill street levy before voters. Licking County Auditor Michael Smith will now certify the cityís current property tax valuation and the revenue that a 2-mill levy would generate. City Council will hear the first of two readings on the street levy proposal at its next meeting.

BLDG. DEMOLISHED

A number of Newark city officials stood in the rain Monday morning to watch as a wrecking crane methodically demolished a building located at 20/22 North 4th Street.

Newark Service Director David Rhodes

Service Director David Rhodes said the cost of the demolition project was $300,000. The city received $150,000 through the Ohio Attorney Generalís Moving Ohio Forward Program, $75,000 through a private donation and $75,000 from the sale of city property.

MUMPS CASES GROWING

209 and counting. That is the number of probable and confirmed mumps cases in central Ohio, according to the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Health. 180 cases are in Franklin County alone, with the majority of those tied to the Ohio State University. According to the ODH website, three cases have been reported in Licking County.

KAIROS ACADEMY

The Kairos Academy, located in The Works in downtown Newark, provides an alternative for parents whose child has a learning disability like dyslexia or ADHD.

Kairos Academy Lead Teacher Becky Petrey

Lead teacher Becky Petrey said a special scholarship is available to parents who may need financial assistance. The deadline to apply for the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship program is today. For more information call the Kairos Academy at 740-345-1995.

SPAGHETTI LUNCH

The United Way of Licking County will hold a Spaghetti Day tomorrow from 11:00a-1:00p at Elements Bistro in the Newark Metropolitan Hotel. The $5 lunch includes, spaghetti, salad, cookie and a bottle of water. There will be celebrity servers throughout the lunch including Newark Mayor Jeff Hall and State Representative Jay Hottinger. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Licking County and its important work in the community.

 

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