Friday, December 2

NEWARK MAN INDICTED ON DRUG CHARGES

A Licking County grand jury has indicted a 41-year-old Newark man accused of selling drugs. Mark VanBibber faces three counts of aggravated trafficking in meth, and one count each of aggravated possession of meth and possession of cocaine. VanBibber does have previous drug and gun convictions. He remains held on $250,000 bond.

HOLIDAY FATALITIES

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 16 people died in 15 fatal crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday reporting period that ran Nov. 23-27. Ten people were not wearing their seatbelt, and six of the fifteen fatal crashes involved impaired drivers.

LIGHT UP THE LAWN

Nationwide Children's Hospital has launched "Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life" – a new holiday tradition that builds hope and joy for hospitalized children, families and the health care heroes caring for them. Dr. Catherine Krawczeski says for a $10 donation you can help to illuminate a multi-colored butterfly that will be visible to pediatric patients and their families in the hospital tower.

"Light Up the Lawn, Light Up a Life" runs though the end of the year. To make a donation visit www.nationwidechildrens.org.

SEN. HOTTINGER IS HONORED

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio has presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Newark State Senator Jay Hottinger. The organization recognized Hottinger's strong advocacy for children, families, and especially at-risk youth during his 28 years as an elected representative in the Ohio legislature. This is the first Lifetime Achievement Award the group has ever presented.

HOLIDAY BOOK SALE

The Friends of the Licking County Library is hosting its Holiday Book Sale Saturday.

President Marilyn Donahue said the book sale will take place at their new location in the old State Farm building on Granville Road in Newark. Attendees can fill a shopping bag with the books you want for just $5.

CDC GRANT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded two grants totaling over $103 million to improve critical public health infrastructure in Ohio. Almost $95 million is going to the Ohio Department of Health to be used on things like expanding health worker training programs, and strengthening the public health workforce.