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News Headlines from Wednesday, March 25th 2015

CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the misuse of credit/debit cards. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office reports, in late January 2015, several residents in Etna Township began reporting thefts from their bank accounts. In each case the victim’s cards had never actually been stolen. Detectives believe the card numbers were possibly obtained from a business where the victims made a purchase. The skimmed numbers were used to purchase over $2,200 in items at various retail stores and restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

A DROP IN COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT

Licking County's February unemployment rate was 4.8 percent down from the January rate of 5.4 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the same story across central Ohio as all surrounding counties saw a drop in the February unemployment rate as compared to January.

REESE ALBAN PASSES

A well respected Newark businessman has died. Reese Alban, the former owner of Sam Alban Furniture Company, died this past Saturday at age 73. Alban was a 1963 graduate of The Ohio State University and was a member of the Ohio Retail Merchant Association, the Jaycees, Licking Valley Sertoma and the Newark Downtown Association. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

NEWARK STUDENTS ARE IN D.C.

Newark 8th grade students are in Washington D.C. this week. The kids left Monday morning and Wilson Middle School Educational Aide Maryann Crist says they have been very busy ever since.

Maryann Crist with Wilson Middle School

Tuesday, Wilson and Heritage students went to Arlington National Cemetery, where they got to see the President of Afghanistan and Vice President Joe Biden at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

FLY-IN

For the ninth year in a row, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority will lead an 11-person contingent of public and private officials to Washington, D.C. to meet with key members and staff of the Ohio Congressional Delegation.  The purpose of today's trip is to better acquaint Ohio’s Congressional Delegation with the status of key military work at the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center and ask for the delegation to spotlight the value and importance of the aerospace center to the nation’s aerospace and defense industry. 

VETERANS 5K RUN

The inaugural Licking County Veteran's 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, April 4.

Gary Wimer 5K Organizer

Race organizer Gary Wimer said registration for the 5K is underway. Pre-registration is $20; day of the race it's $25. You can visit the City of Heath website to download a registration form.

OPERATION ROUND-UP

The Energy Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Foundation Incorporated recently awarded a little over $30,000 to a number of local community groups.  Among those to receive funding are:  New Directions Abuse Shelter, Shilo Missionary Baptist Church, the Village of Utica and Weathervane Playhouse.  Operation Round Up is a community service program whereby Energy Co-op members “round up” their utility bills to the next dollar and that amount is donated to groups who meet funding guidelines.  

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