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News Headlines from Monday, October 16, 2017


At least one person was transported to OSU Wexner Medical Center following a Sunday night fire in Etna Township. According to the Licking County 911 Center, firefighters were called to the home on the first block of Ridgewood Drive SW. Sunday around 7:10 p.m. and they had the fire contained within 30 minutes. The name of the victim has not been released and the cause is under investigation.


The Newark School Board will meet in regular session this evening and on the agenda is approval of the school district's five-year financial forecast. The meeting gets underway at 6:30 p.m. in the Roosevelt Administrative Offices on Mount Vernon Road.


The city of Newark will start its leaf collection program today. Residents are required to bag leaves and place the bags at the curb. You must use biodegradable paper or corn starch bags. Placing loose leaves in the street is prohibited and if you place any of your yard waste in the street, you will be cited and fined according to City Code. For more information visit www.newarkohio.net.


38 Ohio fire departments will share in more than $406,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements. Locally, the Granville Township Fire Department has been awarded a little more than $8,000 to purchase 50 sets of washable gloves and 50 barrier hoods.


The Dawes Arboretum is hosting its Fall Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday, October 21.

Jill Holton Arrasmith with the Dawes Arboretum

Marketing Manager Jill Holton Arrasmith said during the Fall Festival, Arboretum staff will be offering tours of the newly expanded Learning Garden. Admission to the Fall Festival is free. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.


October is Energy Action Month, and agencies around Ohio are showcasing the work they do to help keep families warm and safe. Dozens of community and local government organizations deliver weatherization services to lower-income households in Ohio through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program. One is the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, known as COAD, where Nicole Peoples says energy conservation measures address families' health, safety and comfort, while lowering their utility bills.

Nicole Peoples with COAD

Weatherization providers are hosting workshops on energy efficiency, demonstrations and open houses this month. On October 30th, COAD will also celebrate Weatherization Day with an event in Coshocton.

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