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News Headlines from Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local authorities are asking for help in locating two Heath teenagers. According to Heath Police, 15-year-old Brea Murphey and 15-year-old Ricki Brewer were last seen leaving Heath High School at the end of the school day on Monday. They are believed to be together and most likely still in the Heath/Newark area. If you have any information on their whereabouts contact the Heath Police Department 740-522-2141.


The traffic pattern on Ohio 16 eastbound has changed in downtown Newark for continued bridge work. Ohio 16 eastbound traffic will have lane shifts where the through travel lanes will use the ramps at the SR 13/Hudson Avenue/Mount Vernon Road interchange. SR 16 westbound will not be affected. This closure will last until Friday, April 21, at 7:00pm.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources recently approved federal grant funding for 37 projects statewide for fire departments and fire associations serving small communities across Ohio. Locally the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department received $6,050, Licking Township Fire Company received $10,000, and Mary Ann Township Fire Department received $9,750.


Tuesday morning the Granville School Board met in special session at which time they approved a new three-year contract with the Granville Education Association.

Granville Superintendent Jeff Brown

Superintendent Jeff Brown said the contract calls for 2-percent increases each of the first two years and then a 2.25 percent increase in the third year.


Pataskala City Council met in regular session Monday night and they discussed an ordinance to prohibit medical marijuana cultivators, processors, and retail dispensaries, licensed under Ohio law, from locating and/or doing business within the city.

Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton

Mayor Mike Compton said City Council took no action, so the ordinance will return for a third reading at the next council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 1.


More than 30 million drivers will likely buy an electric vehicle for their next car, according to a new AAA study. Longer ranges and lower costs are driving more consumers to purchase electric vehicles. AAA recently unveiled the top electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient cars for consumers. Top 2017 Green Vehicles: Overall: Tesla Model X 75D; Subcompact Car: Chevy Bolt EV Premier; Compact Car: Volkswagen e-Golf SE; Midsize Car: Lexus GS 450h F Sport; Pickup: Ford F150 XLT Super Crew; SUV: Tesla Model X 75D.


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