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News Headlines from Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Just in time for Friday night's lighting of the Licking County Courthouse, Joe Hickman, project director city of Newark, has announced that Wednesday at noon the Courthouse Square will be open to traffic and that includes the new roundabout.

Joe Hickman Newark Project Director

Motorists must yield to pedestrians at the crosswalks located at both the entrance and exit of the roundabout.


A Fairfield County Sheriff's Deputy and Groveport man were injured when they were struck by a vehicle on US 33 in Fairfield County. According to a press release from the Lancaster Post of State Patrol, Deputy Lyle Campbell was investigating a three car crash on US 33 near Pickerington Road at around 7:30 p.m. when he and William Allman were struck by a vehicle being driven by a 68-year-old man from Houston, Texas. Campbell, 34, was last listed in stable condition at Grant Medical Center. Allman, 46, was listed in serious condition. No charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation.


A 39-year-old Newark man with a number of previous OVI convictions has been arrested again for allegedly driving drunk. Jason Lee was picked up by Newark police on Sunday and is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on $15,000 bond awaiting arraignment.


The future of some conservation projects in Ohio hangs in the balance as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It helps to protect and preserve public land. Matt Misicka with the Ohio Conservation Federation says the LWCF is a great example of how Ohio communities and the federal government are working very well together.

Matt Misicka with the Ohio Conservation Federation

The program has been around for 50 years and expired at the end of September.


Ohioís young hunters checked 7,223 deer during the two-day youth gun season, held this past weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Licking County hunters bagged 182 deer. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons in Ohio. Ohio's deer gun season runs Monday, November 30, through Sunday, December 6.


The Licking County Foundation recently awarded Leaders for Learning grants totaling a little over $5,300 to twelve teachers to enhance their professional development or classroom activities. These educators are past recipients of Licking County Foundationís Leaders for Learning Award which makes them eligible to apply for annual grants of up to $500 as long as they continue to teach in Licking County.


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