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News Headlines from Wednesday, August 27th 2014

One man was transported to Grant Medical Center following a home invasion early Tuesday morning in Pataskala. According to the Pataskala Police Department, the incident took place shortly after 5:00 a.m. at a home on the 300 block of Edenderry Lane. Licking County Sheriff's Office and the State Highway Patrol are assisting in the investigation. If you have any information you are urged to call Pataskala Police at 740-927-5701.


Toxicology results show the 16-year-old driver in a June crash that killed three Licking County teenagers was under the influence of marijuana. In addition to the toxicology report, the State Patrol found that at the time of the crash Jaylynn Rigio was traveling between 76 and 82 mph on the 5000 block of Hardscrabble Road when he lost contorl of his car and slammed into a tree. Three backseat passengers 17-year-old Michael Hoskinson, 15-year-old Linzie Bell and 15-year-old Cheyenne Spurgeon died in the crash. The Licking County Prosecutor's Office is currently deciding what, if any, charges should be filed in the crash.


Licking Memorial Health Systems was recently named as one of the “2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare, one of the leading sources of healthcare industry news in the United States. In addition, as part of its 2014 Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, the Ohio Hospital Association has recognized Licking Memorial Hospital for its superior record of employee safety by awarding LMH a “Top Twenty Percent Award.” The OHA studied the safety records of 95 hospitals in the state and identified those with excellent safety programs and the lowest rates of job-related illnesses and injuries.


The American Legion Post 254 of Johnstown is hosting a Job Fair today from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at 180 West Maple Street in Johnstown.

Gordon Cromwell Commander American Legion Post 254

Gordon Cromwell, commander American Legion Post 254, said the Job Fair is open to veterans and anyone else who is looking for a job.


The Millersport Sweet Corn Festival gets underway tonight with the traditional Grand Parade. John Yorde says the festival is not only a good time, its also an important fundraiser for the Millersport Lions Club.

John Yorde with the Millersport Lions Club

Yorde said one of the many highlights of the festival is the daily corn-eating contests. Admission is free; parking is $10. For more information visit www.sweetcornfest.com.


The 70th Annual Swappers Day at the Johnstown Community Sportsman’s Club runs this Saturday through Labor Day. Swapper’s Day is centered on the flea market which runs throughout the three days and involves hundreds of vendors. Gates are open from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Parking on club grounds is free. Admission is a $5 per person donation, free for children 12 and under. For more information visit www.swappersday.org.

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