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News Headlines from Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

A 34-year-old Newark man has been arrested in connection with an assault that took place last Wednesday near the Draft House in downtown Newark. David Skeens is being held on $100,000 bond at the Licking County Justice Center on a single charge of felonious assault. According to police, the 21-year-old victim was assaulted by at least three people and the investigation is ongoing.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine visited Firefly Diagnostics at the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority Monday afternoon. The company uses the latest genomic technology to identify the prescription drugs that will work best for patients.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

DeWine praised the HNLCPA and Pres. and CEO Rick Platt for working with Firefly to open the new facility.


Dredging has resumed in the western portion of Buckeye Lake to continue creating a deeper navigational channel from Lieb’s island to the area near the Seller’s Point spillway.  In addition, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says its personnel will be more readily identified by wearing highly visible safety vests and carrying their state of Ohio employee identification when working on or near the dam.


When it comes to redistricting, activists in Ohio have been working on reform since the mid-1980s. Catherine Turcer, with Common Cause Ohio, says gerrymandering prevents lawmakers from truly representing the interests of their communities.

Catherine Turcer with Common Cause Ohio

In November, Ohio voters will decide the fate of Issue 1 a measure that would make the drawing of state legislative districts more partisan.


The Newark Band Program is hosting a Car Show Saturday, May 23 from 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. at Newark High School. The Pride of Newark Marching Band will perform at noon, and the event will feature raffles, door prizes, games, concessions and a vendor area.


The Works is offering a variety of Summer Camp opportunities for children ages 3-14. Each program captures fundamental education concepts and presents them to campers in a way that sparks imagination and creative thinking. Pre-registration is required for all Summer Camps. Visit wwwattheworks.org for more information.


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