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News Headlines from Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A 24-year-old Pataskala man has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide following a fatal crash over the weekend in New Albany. According to police, shortly before 9:00 p.m. Sunday Joseph McClain II was driving his pickup along Beech Road between Morse Road and Worthington Road when he struck a motorcycle. Passenger Christina Clary, 45, was thrown from the bike and died from her injuries. McClain is being held at the Licking County Justice Center awaiting a bond hearing which is scheduled for later today.


To further its mission to foster economic growth and development across the county, Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation is initiating a seminar series called ED 101 Connect.

Nathan Strum Executive Director Grow Licking County CIC

Nathan Strum, executive director, Grow Licking County CIC, said the first seminar will be held Tuesday, May 10 at C-TEC of Licking County. The second will be held Thursday, May 12 at the COTC Pataskala campus. Both seminars get underway at 6:00 p.m. For more information visit www.growlickingcounty.org/ed101.


New Albany-based Bob Evans Farms, Inc. announced Monday that, following a comprehensive unit-level performance review of the company’s restaurant portfolio, it is closing 27 Bob Evans restaurants. Twenty-one of the restaurants are owned and six are leased locations. The owned locations closed earlier this month, and the remaining leased locations are expected to close during fiscal year 2017.


Ohio has the fourth-highest number of children growing up with a parent in prison, which a new report finds has a devastating impact on families and communities. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation findings, 271,000 Ohio children have been affected by parental incarceration. Renuka Mayadev with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio explains it’s a traumatic experience, much like child abuse or domestic violence.

Renuka Mayadev with the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio

Mayadev contends reforms are needed that provide the essential services that children need to get through this tough time, and that help stabilize families upon an incarnated parent's release.


The most important meal of the day just got serious. Pancakes for Pelotonia is Saturday, April 30, , from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center on the OSU-Newark/COTC campus. The pancake breakfast includes sausage and juice or coffee. Donations support Ohio State Newark’s peloton, Team Buckeye-Rolling for a Cure, riding in Pelotonia on August 5–7.


Central Ohio Technical College is accepting registrations for CollegeASPIRE workshops for summer 2016. These workshops offer community youth the opportunity to choose from faculty-led, hands on workshops designed to provide students with engaging activities on a college campus. All summer workshops at the COTC campuses are being held Monday through Friday, June 13 - 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon or 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. daily. Applications for these FREE workshops are due by Friday, May 22nd. Apply today at www.cotc.edu/collegeaspire.


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