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News Headlines from Wednesday, November 19th 2014


The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is actively searching for Kevin Leroy Chandler, 43, who is wanted on felony charges of breaking and entering, theft, possession of criminal tools and vandalism. His last known address was 111 Luck Avenue, Zanesville. If you have any information on Chandler's whereabouts you are urged to call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office at 740-452-3637.


Talmadge Lewis and Delbert Biggs, both of Columbus, have been charged with aggravated burglary in connection with a home burglary earlier this week on Appleton Road N.W. in Johnstown. Lewis, 20, and Biggs, 48, are being held at the Licking County Justice Center awaiting bond hearings. They were arrested Monday after being confronted by the homeowner.


The Plan for Progress is a two phase approach being implemented in the Northridge Local School District that officials hope will continue the schools on a path of excellence and success.

Northridge Superintendent Chris Briggs

Northridge Superintendent Chris Briggs said Phase 1 deals with three critical issues: maintaining lean and efficient spending, academic achievement and modern facilities. In January, the committees looking at each issue will present their findings to the Northridge School Board. The district will then share the findings with the community so that they may gather additional feedback. The final plan will be presented at the end of the school year to begin implementation in the 2015-2016 school year.


Child nutrition experts gathered in Columbus Tuesday to examine hunger among Ohio’s children -- its influences, its outcomes, and possible solutions. Nora Balduff, with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says the forum was an opportunity for those who work in child nutrition programs to share what’s happening in their own communities, and discuss solutions.

Nora Balduff with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

An estimated one-in-four Ohio children don’t always know where their next meal will come from.


Safe drinking water is Ohioans’ No. 1 environmental priority, according to a survey sponsored by Healthy Water Ohio. When asked to rate the importance of several water issues, 88 percent of respondents said safe drinking water was very important, ranking it higher than protecting fish and wildlife habitat, repairing aging water systems, providing adequate water for commerce and industry, dealing with natural disasters and preserving water for recreation and tourism.


Ohio State is No. 6 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings.  Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State round out the top four. The Buckeyes will play host to Indiana Saturday afternoon at the Shoe.

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