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News Headlines from Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Licking County's December unemployment rate was 4 percent unchanged from the November rate, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was a mixed bag of news for surrounding counties as Delaware and Franklin counties saw a drop in the December unemployment while Coshocton, Fairfield, Knox, Muskingum and Perry counties saw a slight increase in last month's unemployment rate.


Newark firefighters have been very busy this month responding to seven house fires four of which are listed as arson. At this time, fire officials believe two of the four fires are connected and they are following leads regarding potential suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Newark Fire Department at 740-670-7650.


Once again last night Newark City Council Chambers was packed as residents attended the Safety Committee meeting where Councilman Jeff Rath introduced legislation concerning the city's breed-specific law as it pertains to pit bulls.

Councilman Jeff Rath

Nikki Arter doesn't own a pit bull, but supports those that do.

Nikki Arter

The Safety Committee voted to send Rath's legislation to full City Council for a final vote. The final vote on the breed-specific legislation will more than likely take place in mid-February.


Newark police is on the hunt for the person who held up a local gas station at knifepoint. According to a police report, the suspect walked into the Duke and Duchess on the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Road shortly after midnight Sunday, flashed a knife and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. If you have any information call NPD at 740-349-1501.


New youth-centered approaches are being used by child welfare agencies to better help children stuck in foster care build connections and find permanent homes. Kristi Burre, with the Fairfield County Protective Services Department, says the Permanency Round Tables have helped some kids connect with people from their past, and others find new homes. During one particular round table everyone gave input and asked questions, and a boy's future was changed.

Kristi Burre with the Fairfield County Protective Services Department

By focusing on an open dialogue, Burre says the child is included in developing an action plan that can lead to a permanent home.


Licking County Soil & Water Conservation District is seeking up to 3 interns to assist with natural resource conservation programs. Interns will assist with a number of areas including water quality monitoring, public education programs and data collection. Internships are for 160 hours and can be renewed throughout the year. The internship is unpaid, but after completing 160 volunteer hours, the intern will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. For more information visit www.lickingswcd.com


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