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News Headlines from Friday, May 22, 2020


For the week ending May 16, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported 46,062 initial jobless claims. The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last nine weeks (1,215,756) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years. Over the last nine weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $2.8 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 619,000 claimants.


The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 – August 9. Members of the Commission expressed concern for public health, as well as the financial feasibility of hosting a socially distant fair that would adhere to social distancing protocols and its impact on the long-term viability of the Ohio State Fair.  Last year, 934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run.


As of Thursday, 181 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, 100 cases are classified as recovered and nine people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


The Newark School Board has narrowed its superintendent search to four finalists, who will have final interviews on Tuesday, May 26. The four finalists are: Maura Horgan, Director Of Curriculum and Staff Development, Newark City Schools; Craig Hockenberry, Superintendent, Three Rivers Local Schools; David Lewis, Superintendent, Miami Trace Local Schools and Doctor Brad Ritchey, Superintendent, Milton-Union Local Schools. The board is expected to hire the next superintendent during its regular meeting on June 8.


The Newark School District is hosting a special event Saturday to honor graduating seniors.

Seth Roy with the Newark School District

Seth Roy, Community Outreach Coordinator Newark School District, said currently 230 of the more than 400 graduating seniors have signed up for Saturday's event which is slated to get underway at 8:30am.


Thursday, The Hartford Fair held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new building.

Chip Carpenter with the Hartford Fair

Chip Carpenter, with the Hartford Fair, said the Carr family have been long time exhibitors, sponsors and supporters of the Hartford Fair. It was their desire to give back to the community, 4H and FFA families in Licking County and throughout the Hartford Fair District.


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