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News Headlines from Tuesday, May 23, 2017


A spaghetti dinner to help the families of the Kirkersville shooting victims will be held this evening at Watkins Memorial High School. The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage. It is a donation-only benefit, and all donations will go to the families of Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, and Pine Kirk Care Center employees Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz. The dinner runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in the theft of construction equipment from a work site at a home in Newark. The Newark Division of Police reports, on Wednesday, April 5 suspect(s) stole a 2015 NPK hydraulic breaker from a home on the 300 block of Ohio Street. The hydraulic hammer is valued at $8,900. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Monday, the first eight participants in Licking County Project Search graduated from the program. Project Search gives students with disabilities hands on experience in a school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. This first class worked at various departments for Licking Memorial Health Systems. LMHS President and CEO Rob Montagnese spoke at Monday’s graduation ceremony.

LMHS President and CEO Rob Montagnese

Holly Shellogg, director of Employment Supports at the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities is thrilled with how Project Search has progressed.

Holly Shellogg with the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Four of the eight graduates have been hired at LMHS.


AAA expects the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record, with 39.3 million Americans and more than 1.5 million Ohioans traveling at least 50 miles from home between Thursday, May 25 and Monday, May 29. Nearly 91 percent of Ohio travelers will drive to their destinations this Memorial Day.


With the spring and summer seasons upon us the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau is urging consumers to be on the lookout for door-to-door scam artists.

Central Ohio BBB Pres./CEO Kip Morse

President and CEO Kip Morse said if a deal seems to good to be true it more than likely is. For more information on avoiding scams visit www.bbb.org.


The Licking County Library will present their documentary Licking County in Vietnam Our Honored Dead today at 7:00 p.m. at The Midland Theatre. The documentary will focus on the 46 Licking County men who died serving in Vietnam. Tuesday night's event is free, however donations are encouraged.

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