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News Headlines from Tuesday, July 21, 2015


The 2016 presidential field just got a little bigger.  Governor John Kasich officially announced he is joining the presidential race during an event at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Kasich will become the 16th Republican to announce their candidacy.


Licking County's June unemployment rate was 4.4 percent up from the May figure of 4.2 percent, 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 slight increase in the June unemployment rate as compared to May.


Newark police is investigating numerous reports of items being stolen out of cars on the 200 block of Greenfield Avenue. According to a police report, the thefts occurred Sunday between 10:00-11:30 a.m. If you have any information you are urged to call the Newark Police Department at 740-349-1501.


Supporters of the “Ban the Box” movement packed Newark City Council Chambers Monday night as council voted on an ordinance to remove the box that asks about prior convictions from city applications.

Council Vote

The move means folks like Tina Cole who committed a crime and paid their debt to society can continue to improve their lives.

Tina Cole

A number of people spoke at least night's meeting asking City Council to “Ban the Box.” In June, Ohio became the 17th state to join the "Ban the Box" movement by removing questions regarding prior convictions from thousands of applications for state government positions.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has contracted with Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C., Westerville, to design the long-term remediation of Buckeye Lake Dam. The contract for $8.3 million was approved by the State Controlling Board Monday. Approval will now pave the way for preliminary design options developed by the firm to be discussed with the Buckeye Lake community over the next few weeks.


Granville has hired a water leak detection company to locate leaks throughout the Village. They will be working today through Thursday from 7:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m. There will be no disruption in service. Should any leaks be detected, the Village will advise property owners when and where repairs will need to be completed.


There has been plenty of talk over the past couple of years about all of the testing taking place in Ohio schools and across the country. Becky Higgins, president, Ohio Education Association, says teachers are dedicated to ensuring every student can be successful, but testing can hinder their efforts.

Becky Higgins Pres. OEA

Ohio lawmakers recently scrapped the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, or PARCC, tests. In its place students will take math and language arts standardized tests administered by the American Institutes for Research, or AIR as it is better known.


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