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News Headlines from Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bond has been set at $150,000 for a 24-year-old Pataskala man charged with aggravated vehicular homicide following a fatal crash over the weekend in New Albany. According to police, shortly before 9:00 p.m. Sunday Joseph McClain II was driving his pickup along Beech Road between Morse Road and Worthington Road when he struck a motorcycle. Passenger Christina Clary was thrown from the bike and died from her injuries. McClain remains held at the Licking County Justice Center.


The Granville School District, the Ohio EPA, the Licking County Health Department and the Village of Granville, met Tuesday to discuss plans for resolving the lead levels in school drinking fountains. Among the steps to be taken - The district will contract with a plumbing company to replace drinking fountain valves with lead-free fittings. The work will begin immediately. At the same time, any fountain manufactured before 1990 will be replaced with a new drinking fountain equipped with filtration. And a filter will be added to every drinking fountain in Granville Schools.


In honor of Arbor Day, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, the Dawes Arboretum and the Thomas J. Evans Foundation will host a ceremonial tree planting at the Canal Market District in Newark. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall will help to plant a tree. The Dawes Arboretum will plant or distribute nearly 600 trees in honor of Arbor Day this year.


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce recently led a group of 21 people on a trip to Greece.

Licking County Chamber of Commerce Pres. Cheri Hottinger

Chamber President Cheri Hottinger said they have been heading up trips abroad for the past few years with past visits to China, Ireland and Italy.


A new study shows a 17-percent increase in calls to poison control centers across the country in the last couple of years because of children eating laundry or dish washing soap. Study co-author Henry Spiller with Nationwide Children's Hospital says researchers looked at both laundry and dish washing soaps, and by far the most dangerous were the laundry pods – because they're very colorful and they are very concentrated.

Henry Spiller with Nationwide Children's Hospital

In the two-year study, Spiller says poison control centers got more than 22,000 calls because of children either eating or inhaling laundry pods, or accidentally squirting the contents into their eyes.


Ohio was recognized as the leading Tree City USA state in the nation for the 35th consecutive year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Buckeye State currently has 241 participating cities, villages and townships that have achieved the Tree City USA designation for 2015. As part of this nationwide program, Ohioans last year planted more than 28,000 trees, pruned more than 87,000 trees, volunteered more than 56,000 hours in their urban forestry programs and invested nearly $45 million toward urban forestry efforts.


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