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News Headlines from Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Due to mechanical issues with the air conditioning at the Newark Red Cross building, the blood drive scheduled for today, has been moved to Arlington Care Center located at 98 South 30th Street in Newark. This blood drive will be open between 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Students are returning to school today in a majority of Licking County school districts including Newark. Please remember to slow down in the school zones. And 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. If a school bus is stopped on a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.


Licking County's July unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, up ever so slightly from the June figure of 5.1 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Fairfield and Perry counties saw a drop in unemployment, while Coshocton, Delaware, Franklin, Knox and Muskingum counties all saw a small increase in July unemployment rates as compared to June.


Pataskala First Ward Councilwoman Pat Sagar will be able to complete her term on City Council now that a recall effort has been defeated. First Ward residents voted 198-122 Tuesday to retain Sagar. A handful of residents initiated the recall effort because they felt Sagar has not addressed the needs of the citizens in her ward. Sagar was appointed to City Council in 1999 and elected a year later. She has been re-elected three times, with her current term set to expire December 31, 2015.


During Tuesday's meeting, the Licking County Commissioners announced a deal with the Combined Health District.

Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb

Commissioner Tim Bubb said at this point the County does not need to be the landlord for the building. He said the goal is to have the Licking County Health Department take ownership of the building January,1 2015.


Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the upcoming season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. Miller had surgery on the shoulder in February after injuring it during the Buckeyes Orange Bowl loss to Clemson. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to get the start in the season opener against Navy.


The Western Branch of the Licking County Family YMCA is hosting a special mother/son event Saturday 3:00-5:00 p.m.

YMCA Western Branch Director Dana Moore

Director Dana Moore said the event is open to sons and moms of all ages. You can register by visiting the Western Branch of the YMCA or by calling 740-964-6522.

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