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News Headlines from Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Two people were transported to Licking Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning following a a two-vehicle crash on North 21st Street in Newark. According to police, the crash occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Executive Drive and North 21st Street. One of the cars ended up in the bushes outside the Chase Bank. The names of those involved has not been released, and the crash remains under investigation.


Licking County's July unemployment rate was 4.5 percent down from 4.6 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was a mixed bag across central Ohio as Coshocton, Knox and Perry counties saw an increase in the unemployment rate. Fairfield and Franklin counties saw a drop in unemployment rates and Delaware and Muskingum counties unemployment rates remained the same.


A 30-year-old Newark man recently convicted on drug charges faces new drug charges. Scott Brooks II has been charged with corrupting another with drugs for allegedly selling drugs to a person who overdosed. Earlier this month, Brooks was sentenced to three years community control after pleading guilty to trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and aggravated possession of drugs. His bond was set at $100,000.


This past Saturday, employees at the Goodwill Plaza Store on Mount Vernon Road in Newark found over $4,700 among some documents that were recently dropped off at the store. Retail District Manager Margie Nay wasted little time in tracking down the rightful owner.

Goodwill Retail District Manager Margie Nay

On Monday, Nay along with other Goodwill employees returned the money to a local Korean War veteran, who was excited and had no clue the money was even missing. The man said he and his wife kept separate financial accounts and that his granddaughter had been helping go through the house after the passing of his wife.


Bring the family to the Newark School District's Administrative Offices on Mount Vernon Road Thursday night as Newark Kiwanis hosts the Big Show, Clown Show. Doug Hess says the clowns will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.

Doug Hess with the Big Show

Hess said the fun gets underway Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with a meet and greet featuring local heroes like police officers, firefighters and teachers. The Big Show is free and open to the public.


The Newark Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the annual “Bill Richards” Catfish Derby, this Friday at T. J. Evans Park on Mount Vernon Road. Registration is free, but each child and adult must have a valid City of Newark Fishing Permit to fish at the park. The park will be closed all day Friday in order to prepare for the tournament, and will re-open at 7:00 p.m.  Fishing permits may be purchased on site the evening of the event, or may be purchased in advance at the Parks Department Office located at Cedar Hill Cemetery.


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