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News Headlines from Monday, May 25, 2020


Today is Memorial Day a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Governor DeWine has ordered that all U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state in honor of Memorial Day.


The Health Department, the Heath city administration and Heath City Water Park management staff have decided that the Heath City Water Park will be closed for the 2020 season. Most of the features of the park would not have been able to open, and the social distancing restrictions at the Heath City Water Park, both in and out of the water, would have been the same as any other public place.


187 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, 101 cases are classified as recovered and ten  people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


As a result of COVID-19, The United Way of Licking County is taking its Annual Celebration event online. The public is invited to join the United Way on Wednesday, May 27, as they recognize the winners of the 2019 Live United awards, the Hope Award, the Ken Johnston Volunteer of the Year Award, and Division Awards. They will also celebrate the great work of the 2019 Campaign Cabinet and outgoing board members. For more information visit the United Way Facebook page or website.


This is Mental Health Awareness Month a time to raise awareness of mental health issues and hopefully end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Penny Sitler, executive director, Mental Health America of Licking County, says people need to know they can discuss whatever is bothering them.

Penny Sitler Exec. Dir. MHALC

Sitler said Mental Health America provides a number of free services and programs to help individuals and families dealing with mental health issues. Visit www.mhalc.org for more information.


Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Newark Jazz and Ribs Festival has been cancelled. Organizers stated the health and safety of volunteers, vendors, performers, and community partners is the main priority. This year's event was scheduled for Saturday, July 11.


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