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News Headlines from Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Licking County Health Department reported the first evidence of West Nile Virus in Licking County for 2014. One pool of mosquitoes collected from traps monitored by the Health Department on Valley Boulevard in the Village of Hanover has tested positive for WNV. “The wet spring and summer have allowed mosquito populations to rise county-wide,” said Joe Ebel Licking County Health Commissioner, “Residents should take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites and eliminate standing water to reduce their chances of being infected by WNV.”


Newark City Council met in regular session Monday night and they approved a couple of measures. The first would allow the city to enter into lease and easement agreements with Capital Telecom to build a cellphone tower at Levin Park. Mayor Jeff Hall previously stated the city could earn up to $10,000 annually through the deal. Council also approved a measure to let the city apply for an Ohio 2014 NatureWorks Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to help fund local parks projects including improvements to Hollander Pool and trees for the Courthouse Square.


Licking County Coalition for Housing along with the Licking County Veterans' Service Commission is hosting a Mini Stand-Down Wednesday at the Newark Community Based Outpatient Clinic on West Main Street.

Linda Beard, with LCCH

Linda Beard, with LCCH, encourages veterans who may be struggling to drop by the event to learn more about the resources available to them. Tomorrow’s Mini Stand-Down will be held from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


The Licking County Humane Society's annual golf outing will be held Monday, July 28 at The Links at Echo Springs.

LCHS Executive Director Lori Carlson

Lori Carlson, executive director, LCHS, said for more information or to register for the golf outing visit www.lchspets.org.


A record 233,185 donors gave $404 million to the Ohio State University “But for Ohio State” campaign during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, an 8% increase over the previous year’s fundraising of $374 million. The “But for Ohio State” campaign supports the academic mission and vision of the university under several priority areas: placing students first, driving research and innovation, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, and creating modern learning environments.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department has announced that the Licking County 4-H Band will perform during the Mayor’s Concert this Friday. The concert is free to the public, and will be held at the Courthouse gazebo. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m.


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