KOOL 101.7 & Talk 790 WHTH News
Every hour, Monday through Sunday on your local information Radio stations.
Back to Local News
News Headlines from Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A special ceremony was held this afternoon to officially unveil the new roundabout on the Courthouse Square. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall was impressed with the final product.

Mayor Jeff Hall

Newark 7th Ward Councilwoman Carol Floyd was pleased as well.

Councilwoman Carol Floyd

Traffic around the Courthouse Square is flowing once again, but Mayor Hall said it will be a little tricky at first so motorists should use extra caution especially when entering the roundabout for the first time.


Licking County's October unemployment rate was 3.8 percent the same as it was in September, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The October unemployment rate in Delaware and Fairfield counties remained the same. Coshocton and Franklin counties saw a slight drop in unemployment, while Knox, Muskingum and Perry counties saw a slight increase in the October unemployment rate as compared to September.


In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to wear a safety belt and to drive sober. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 23 people were killed in 20 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 23 fatalities, 30 percent, were the result of an impaired driver.


Many of us will be cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers reminds Ohioans to use extra caution to ensure a safe and happy feast. Cooking is the leading cause of all fires in Ohio and the United States. Safety tips include – whether cooking on a stove or using a deep fryer never leave the food unattended, keep children and pets three feet away from the stove and deep fryer and keep potholders, oven mitts, towels and anything flammable away from your stovetop or deep fryer.


AAA predicts 2 million Ohioans will travel this Thanksgiving holiday weekend with nearly 90 percent of them driving. If you are hitting the road the Ohio Department of Transportation reminds you to use their real-time traffic portal – www.ohgo.com to help avoid any traffic tie-ups. The website allows users to get up-to-the-minute travel information about: current highway traffic speeds, traffic accidents and road construction, closures and delays.


If you are looking for something different to do the two days after Thanksgiving then you may want to head over to the Octagon at Moundbuilders Country Club.

Dr. Richard Shiels

Dr. Richard Shiels, with the Newark Earthworks Center, said they will provide a guided tour of the the Octagon and explain the lunar cycle Friday beginning at 6:15 p.m. and again Saturday at 7:15 p.m.


The cash registers will be ringing later this week as consumers converge on stores for the traditional Black Friday shopping experience. Joan Coughlin, with the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio says you need to be a smart shopper.

Joan Coughlin with the BBB

Roughly 135.8 million Americans plan to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.


KOOL 101.7 / Talk 790 WHTH News Links

SRN   USA Today
MSNBC Drudge Report Dispatch

KOOL 101.7 and Talk 790 WHTH bring you the best in local news!  Our experienced, talented news staff gets you the most accurate news in Central Ohio!  We also use NBC, the world's news leader to keep you updated on national events! We use weather from the National Weather Service!  For the best local news, turn to KOOL 101.7 and Talk 790 WHTH!