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News Headlines from Wednesday, August 17, 2016


The Licking County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating Frank Plummer. The 29-year-old Plummer is wanted for failure to register a change of address. In Feb. 2007, Plummer pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He may be in the Coshocton County area or possibly in the Buckeye Lake area in Licking County. If you have any information on his whereabouts call 740-670-5553.


Newark firefighters were busy battling a house fire during the overnight hours. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News crews were called to a home on the 400 block of Mount Vernon Road a little before 1:00 a.m. and they had the situation contained in roughly 30 minutes. No injuries were reported and the cause is under investigation.


Students will be returning to school today in several Licking County school districts including some students in the Newark School District. Lieutenant Kevin Miller, commander Granville Post of the State Patrol, has a simple reminder for motorists.

Lieutenant Kevin Miller with the Granville Post of the State Patrol

Lt. Miller also said don't forget that Ohio law requires motorists approaching from either direction of a stopped school bus to stop at least 10 feet from a bus loading or unloading passengers.


A special ceremony celebrating The Boeing Company's 100th Anniversary was held Tuesday afternoon at the Central Ohio Aerospace Technology Center in Heath. Mike Murasky with the Heath Boeing facility took part in Tuesday’s celebration.

Mike Murasky with Boeing

Gena Lovett, vice president of Operations for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, was impressed with the staff at the Heath facility.

Gena Lovett with Boeing

During the ceremony Building 4 was officially named after the founder of The Boeing Company William E Boeing.


17 members of The Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross are joining the massive disaster response to the flooding in Louisiana. Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10,000 homes are damaged, forcing thousands of people from their homes. The Red Cross has also mobilized 60 disaster response vehicles, 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter and kitchen supplies.


The Granville Post of the State Patrol will be operating an OVI Checkpoint this weekend in Licking County. The date, time and location of the checkpoint will be announced later this week.


OhioMeansJobs.com, is hosting a career fair from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. More than 45 employers from diverse fields – including manufacturing, education, retail, health care and more – will be on site to meet with job seekers.






The Newark Police Department is taking part in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign that is in effect until Labor Day. Newark officers will be concentrating their overtime efforts on state Routes 13,16, 79, and the 21st Street area. The city is a 2016 recipient of the State of Ohio Impaired Driving Enforcement Program Grant.


Ohio is receiving a little over $3.1 million in federal funds to invest in health center quality improvement efforts, and to provide high quality comprehensive care. Health centers across the state will use the money to expand current quality improvement systems and infrastructure and to improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.


Licking County Records and Archives will participate in Ohio Open Doors on September 10, by coordinating the tours and special exhibits of four buildings with historical significance in Licking County. Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. The Licking County Courthouse, Pennsylvania Railroad Station, 5th Street Gym, and Licking County Historic Jail will be open on September 10, 2016 for tours and special exhibits during staggered hours. For more information contact the Records and Archives Department.


The Newark Parks Department is pleased to announce that the annual “Bill Richards Catfish Derby” will be held on Friday, August 26th, 2016 at T. J. Evans Park. Those wishing to participate may register the day of the event at the park. Registration for the event is free, however persons 6 years of age and older are required to have a City of Newark fishing permit to participate. Permits are $5.00 for children ages 6-17 and $12.00 for those 18 and older. Permits will be available for purchase at the park the evening of the tournament, or may be purchased in advance at the Newark Parks/Cemetery Office located at 275 N. Cedar Street.

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