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News Headlines from Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The Energy Cooperative has announced a planned power outage in the Fallsburg area today to allow the Ohio Department of Transportation to complete road work on Ohio 79. Roughly 105 customers will be affected for about three hours. The power outage will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m.


Tuesday, a former Fisher Catholic High School teacher, accused of sending a nude photograph to a student, pleaded guilty to disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. Kathleen Thomas was sentenced to two years probation and 180 days in jail, with 175 days suspended in connection with the October incident. Thomas, 27, also was charged with telecommunications harassment, but that charge was dismissed.


The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 164 cases of mumps across the state with 140 cases in Franklin County alone. The majority of those are tied to Ohio State University. The good news is there’ve been few hospitalizations, with most people recovering on their own. Two mumps cases has been reported in Licking County, according to the ODH website.


The staff at the Licking County Foundation is traveling to local schools this week to thank some very deserving teachers.

Licking County Foundation Director Connie Hawk

Director Connie Hawk said each year, teachers from every school district in Licking County are selected by their principals and superintendents for the Leaders for Learning award. Recipients can apply annually for grants of up to $500 to further their professional development or purchase materials for their classrooms.


While it’s only six days, Ohioans still have plenty of time to file their taxes before the April 15 deadline. For those who are not ready in time, or do not have the money to pay what they owe, the IRS offers extensions and payment options. IRS Ohio spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins adds that those who are unable to file and think they will owe should go ahead and make an estimated payment by next Tuesday's deadline.

IRS Ohio spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins

For more information on filing your taxes visit www.irs.gov.


Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries Inc., is asking for help from the local community. Donations have been extremely low during the first three months of the year. Goodwill is in great need of gently used housewares and clothing in any condition. Donate at any one of the nine Licking/Knox Goodwill retail stores between April 10 - May 10 during normal business hours and you will be entered into a drawing for a 32” LED HDTV. One winner will be selected from the donors at each of the nine retail stores. Donate daily and you will receive one entry per store, per day.


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