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News Headlines from Wednesday, April 15th 2015

Meritor, Inc. announced Tuesday that it will close its manufacturing facility in Heath no later than September 30.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns

Heath Mayor Mark Johns said the move impacts approximately 40 hourly and salaried workers. In a press release, Meritor officials stated they are taking this action to improve cost competitiveness and align the company’s existing manufacturing footprint with the markets they serve. Operations at the Heath facility include assembly for bus, coach, service and military vehicles.


Amanda Jordan, one of three Newark residents charged in a November armed robbery, was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday. In February, Jordan, 27, entered guilty pleas to one count each of aggravated robbery and robbery for her role in the 2014 incident that took place at a home on North Buena Vista Street.


Two amendments meant to help Buckeye Lake were included in the latest version of House Bill 64, the state biennial budget bill. One of the amendments, backed by State Representative Tim Schaffer and others, appropriates $10 million to accelerate the timeframe of rehabilitation of the dam. The second amendment, authored by Rep. Schaffer, appropriates $1 million over two years to create a tourism campaign to attract business and visitors to Buckeye Lake during the rehab process.


The Lancaster Police Department is searching for a man who robbed a store inside River Valley Mall. According to police, on Wednesday, April 8, shortly before 6:00 p.m. the suspect entered the Ulta Beauty store, told a clerk he had a weapon and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department at 740- 687-6680.


Taxes need to be e-filed or postmarked by this evening. A new analysis examines where exactly federal income tax dollars are going. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers, and research director Lindsay Koshgarian says out of every federal income tax dollar paid in 2014, 27 cents went to the military, 26 cents went to health programs, and 15 cents went to interest on the federal debt.

Lindsay Koshgarian with the National Priorities Project

8 cents was spent on unemployment and labor, five cents on veterans' benefits, which Koshgarian says left the remaining pennies for things like food, agriculture and transportation.


C-TEC of Licking County's Adult Education Center is hosting a “Returning to Learning” open house tomorrow from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The evening is geared towards adult learners thinking about a job change or considering furthering their education. Adults will have an opportunity to learn more about C-TEC's 16 occupational programs and speak to a financial aid specialist.

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