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News Headlines from Friday, November 27, 2020


Bond has been set at $75,000 for a 32-year-old Newark man accused of killing a 50-year-old man.  Zacharie Nelson faces several charges including aggravated murder in the death of John Mason. Nelson is accused of stabbing Mason in the head with a screwdriver following an altercation last week at a home on North Cedar Street in Newark.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of a 39-year-old Newark woman. Licking County Adult Court Services is actively searching for Paula Popham. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


Due to COVID-19, the 72nd Annual Licking County Christmas Courthouse Lighting Ceremony will be held virtually this evening. A number of holiday favorites will be performed by singers from years past.  The Courthouse and Lawn will light at the conclusion of the Virtual Lighting Ceremony. The festivities get underway at 6:00pm.  For more information visit the Licking County Courthouse Lighting Facebook page.


Thanks to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, in conjunction with the Governor's Office, recommends that schools restrict attendance to only the parents of the participants, or eliminate all spectators, for their winter sports competitions through the end of the year. Schools will determine the process for how parents will attend athletic contests, such as how many are permitted and where they will be placed to watch the contest.


Some Ohio child-services agencies are modernizing the adoption search process, creating video profiles of youth eligible for adoption to be shared online in the hopes of finding prospective adoptive families.  Sonya Russell an adoption matching coordinator was involved in the video-making process for two sibling groups.

Sonya Russell Adoption Matching Coordinator

The videos are posted online at www.grantmehope.org  and shared on social media.


The Dawes Arboretum is hosting the Turkey Trail Challenge today.

Abbie Wilson Director of Education Dawes Arboretum

Abbie Wilson, Director of Education, said the Turkey Trail Challenge is free for Dawes Arboretum members. Admission for non-members is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 15 and free for children younger than five. You need to purchase a ticket in advance. Go to www.dawesarb.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

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