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News Headlines from Tuesday, May 24, 2016

BIG DROP IN COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT

Licking County's April unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, down from 4.7 percent in March, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the same story across central Ohio as all surrounding counties saw a drop in the April unemployment rate as compared to March.

DARING THIEF

The Licking County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who climbed the scaffolding around the Courthouse and stole the flag that adorned the top of the clock tower. Officials believe the incident occurred Saturday night. If you have any information you are urged to call the LCSO at 740-670-5500.

PROTECT THE PROTECTORS

State Farm and home security startup Canary, are donating home monitoring devices to local first responders as part of the Protect the Protectors campaign.

State Farm Agent Tony Adams

State Farm agent Tony Adams said the technology allows police, fire and EMS personnel to check on their homes with an app. Newark is one of sixteen communities across the country to participate in the program, and the only one in Ohio.

HEADING TO D.C.

For the tenth year in a row, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority will lead a contingent of public and private officials to Washington, D.C. to meet with key members and staff of the Ohio Congressional Delegation. The day-long event is set for Wednesday, May 25. The purpose of the day is to better acquaint Ohio’s Congressional Delegation with the status of key military work at the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center and ask for the Delegation to spotlight the value and importance of the Aerospace Center to the nation’s aerospace and defense industry. City of Heath Mayor Mark Johns, Licking County Commissioner Rick Black, and Licking County Treasurer Oliva Parkinson will be taking part in Wednesday's trip.

IN NEED OF BLOOD DONATIONS

The American Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donors. During the summer months, the Red Cross may see as many as 100,000 fewer blood donations than what patients need. Vacation plans and summer activities can make it difficult for even the most dedicated donors to give, but the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday or summer break. To schedule a donation visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

TOO MUCH TECHNOLOGY

Smart phones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways – and yet, experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. Senior Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Dr. Ann Kummer says when kids are on devices, they’re not only missing out on verbal interaction, but also physical language.

Dr. Ann Kummer

A majority of speech-language pathologists believe the overuse of technology could cause irreversible damage to the communication skills of future generations.

WORKS OPEN HOUSE

The Works invites all members of the public to attend its free 20th Anniversary Open House and Jerrie Mock exhibit opening on Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Works will offer free public admission all day, including the opening of a new permanent exhibit dedicated to Newark native, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first women to fly solo around the world. Visitors to the new Jerrie Mock exhibit will view a replica of Mock’s plane, “The Spirit of Columbus,” test their skills with a flight simulator, and plot Mock’s flight path around the globe.

 

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