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News Headlines from Wednesday, October 15th 2014


Richard Hodges, director, Ohio Department of Health, says the state is keeping a close eye on Ebola.

Richard Hodges Dir. Ohio Department of Health

Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist, reminds folks of the symptoms of Ebola

Dr. Mary DiOrio State Epidemiologist

During a Tuesday press conference Ohio Department of Health officials stated they are now certified to test blood samples for Ebola. To date, no samples have been sent to ODH.


The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of expensive items being stolen from vehicles and garages in Violet Township. The Sheriff's Office is once again urging residents throughout the area to make sure all valuables are removed from your car, they are locked at night and close your garage doors in the evening.


Tuesday, State Farm Insurance and the Licking County Foundation presented 180 smoke and 270 carbon monoxide detectors to the chiefs of Licking County’s 18 fire departments to help hundreds of area families be safer in their homes this winter with these early-warning and life-saving alarms. For the last seven years during National Fire Prevention Week, the State Farm Fire Safety Fund of the Licking County Foundation has granted a total of 3,832 smoke and 954 co detectors to local fire departments for distribution to families in need.


Central Ohio Technical College offers a number of courses dealing with manufacturing. Some folks in Ohio may feel as though manufacturing is dying, don't tell that to COTC President Dr. Bonnie Coe.

Dr. Bonnie Coe Pres. COTC

Dr. Coe said Knox County is a vibrant hub of manufacturing in central Ohio and manufacturers are clamoring for high skilled workers. For more information on the manufacturing programs at COTC visit www.cotc.edu.


Ohio’s muzzleloader hunters checked 6,613 antlerless deer during a two-day season, this past weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That is an 18 percent increase from 2013, the first year for the antlerless muzzleloader season. Ashtabula County hunters led the state with 228 deer harvested, Coshocton County hunters were third with 177, Licking County hunters were fourth with 164 deer harvested.


For the fourth year in a row, OSU-Newark and Central Ohio Technical College will participate in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday, November 10 at the Reese Amphitheatre. Volunteers from both institutions will participate in a synchronized reading of the names of fallen soldiers. A moment of silence will be held at 2:00 p.m. Members of the community are invited to attend this free event and may assist in the reading of names.

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