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News Headlines from Wednesday, October 22nd 2014


Phillip Stough, the driver in a May crash that claimed the life of Noah Bates, entered an admit plea Tuesday to a juvenile charge of vehicular homicide.  Stough, 17, was sentenced to probation, and he must complete 100 hours of community service.  According to a previous press release from the Granville Post of the State Patrol, on May 2 Stough was traveling on Preston Road when he went left of center, overcorrected and rolled his vehicle. Bates, 16, was thrown from the SUV. He died a couple of days later.


Licking County's September unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in August, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. All surrounding central Ohio counties except for Knox County saw a drop in unemployment. Knox county's was unchanged at 4.6 percent. Delaware County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. Muskingum County has the highest at 6.1 percent.


Monday night Newark City Council passed an ordinance that will allow the city to place liens totaling more than $131,000 against property owners found to be in violation of the Property Maintenance Code. At-Large Councilman Bill Cost says placing liens against those who try to skirt the Property Maintenance Code is a good idea.

At-Large Councilman Bill Cost

Cost was not alone as all other City Council members voted in favor of the legislation.


This is National School Bus Safety Week. Lieutenant Kevin Miller, commander of the Granville Post of the State Patrol, says Troopers will be busy throughout the week.

Lieutenant Kevin Miller

Lt. Miller said they take the safety of school children very seriously in Licking County and violations like speeding in a school zone and passing stopped school buses pose a significant hazard to children.


American Electric Power Ohio will conduct tree trimming in Granville in December and again in January. Representatives of AEP Ohio and the Granville Village Services Department will discuss procedures and anticipated timelines for clearing tree branches along the power lines throughout the Village during a public forum Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bryn Du Mansion.


The Licking County Family YMCA Western Branch & Relay For Life Pataskala will host the What a Treat Spooktacular 2014 Saturday, October 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the YMCA located on West Broad Street in Pataskala. The event will feature a number of activites including: a costume parade, crafts, games, and snacks. Organizers are asking all participants to bring a non-perishable food item for a special food drive.

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