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News Headlines from Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The issue of staffing in the Newark Fire Department was front and center Monday night during the Safety Committee meeting as both Chief Pat Connor and David McElfresh, president, Fire Fighters Local 109, delivered separate presentations on what can be done to alleviate the problem. Chief Connor was asked about the possibility of hiring part time firefighters

NFD Chief Pat Connor

McElfresh is not a big proponent of hiring part time firefighters.

IAFF Local 109 Pres. David McElfresh

Following the Safety Committee meeting the Personnel Committee discussed a proposal to hire part-time firefighters, but it was tabled until early August.


Nearly 650 vehicles passed thru last Friday night's OVI checkpoint in Pataskala. According to a press release from the Granville Post of the State Patrol, one OVI arrest was made and two additional OVI arrests were made by officers conducting saturation patrols in the area.


Site preparation for the Canal Market project in downtown Newark is expected to begin soon. This will result in significant parking closures in the area near Third, Second, Market, and Canal Streets. The Canal Market Plaza will encompass the area from the Pennsylvania Railroad Station on Walnut Street to Canal Street.


As Ohioans try to beat the heat this summer, help is available for some vulnerable residents who struggle to stay cool. The Summer Crisis Program begins Wednesday. It provides a one-time benefit to help offset the costs of higher electric bills. Carrie McNamee of Washington-Morgan Community Action says there are one minor changes to the program.

Carrie McNamee with Washington-Morgan Community Action

McNamee said customers enrolled in the PIPP Plus Program, which discounts their bill, will not be eligible for additional cash assistance.


The Park National Bank recently received the Ohio Association of Community Colleges 2015 Outstanding Business Partnership Award for its nearly 50 years of advancing the mission of Central Ohio Technical College through their involvement, leadership, advocacy and financial support.


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