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News Headlines from Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Licking County's October unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, down from 4.5 percent in September, according to figures released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. All surrounding central Ohio counties also saw a drop in unemployment rates last month. Delaware County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.3 percent. Muskingum County has the highest at 5.6 percent.


American Electric Power is still trying to get the lights on for customers across central Ohio. Sporadic power outages are being reported in Delaware, Franklin, and Muskingum counties as a result of Monday's high winds.  AEP officials expect all customers to be returned to service by midnight tonight.


Jaylynn Rigio, the teenager accused of causing a crash that claimed the lives of three Johnstown teenagers, entered admit pleas to several charges Monday in Licking County Juvenile Court. Rigio,16, faced three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault charges in connection with the June 26 crash on Hardscrabble Road, that resulted in the deaths of Michael Hoskins, 17, Linzie Bell, 15, and Cheyenne Spurgeon, 15. A fourth passenger in Rigio's car, Ashton Cody, 16, was seriously injured in the crash. He will be sentenced January 23.


Apeks Supercritical will hold a ground breaking ceremony for the first phase of its 65,0000 sq ft manufacturing facility at 150 Commerce Blvd., Johnstown today at 2:00 p.m. Apeks manufactures botanical oil extraction and concentration systems for the flavorings, natural products and neutraceutical industries since 2001. They currently employ 15 people in Johnstown.


Shoppers are gearing up for the annual Black Friday frenzy. Cheri Hottinger, president Licking County Chamber of Commerce, encourages people to shop locally.

Cheri Hottinger Pres./CEO Licking County Chamber of Commerce

Hottinger said they have made it easier for local shoppers by introducing a free app called Save Local Now. The app features all of the local deals that are taking place through Chamber of Commerce members.


An estimated 10 percent of Ohioans have diabetes, and during American Diabetes Month in November health experts are spreading the word about the importance of prevention. Andrew Wapner with the Ohio Department of Health says besides the obvious health problems diabetes can lead to lifestyle and financial burdens.

Andrew Wapner with the Ohio Department of Health

Wapner said diabetes costs Ohio almost $6 billion annually in medical expenses, reduced productivity, and premature death.


The Works will kick off the holidays with a Very Victorian Celebration, Friday, November 28 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Holiday Homecoming at the Works is an annual event held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Inspired by Charles Dickensí A Christmas Carol, this year the museum will celebrate the Victorian age. Enjoy Victorian crafts, ornaments, glass-blowing demonstrations, a showing of a Muppet Christmas Carol, music, and refreshments. Admission is free for members of the Works; general admission rates apply for non-members.


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