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News Headlines from Monday, December 11, 2017

FATAL CRASH IN LICKING COUNTY

A 20-year-old Newark man was killed in weekend crash in Bowling Green Township. According to the Granville Post of the State Patrol, Sunday at around 5:00 a.m. Tracy Mcartor was driving north on Ohio 668 near Mile Post 1 when he failed to negotiate a curve, went of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mcartor was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

STADIUM FIRE

An early Sunday morning fire destroyed the locker rooms, concessions, and press box at Johnstown's Frank Chambers Stadium. According to the Monroe Township Fire Department's Facebook page, by the time crews arrived on the scene the fire was fully involved and firefighters did a great job dousing the flames despite the cold and ice. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.

2018 BUDGET

The Newark City Council Finance Committee will meet this evening and they are expected to discuss the city's 2018 budgets. The Service Committee meets as well and they will discuss the city's contract with Licking County for 911 services on behalf of all city safety forces. Today's meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

FLU SEASON IS PICKING UP STEAM

Flu activity in Ohio is increasing. During the week that ended Dec. 2 which is the most recent data available, there were 92 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio and 257 hospitalizations since the start of the season. That is above the five-year average for this time of year and significantly higher than the 19 flu-associated hospitalizations during the same week last year and 83 hospitalizations for the season.

WINTER CRISIS PROGRAM

The winter chill is here and luckily, the Home Energy Assistance Program - or HEAP as it is better known - is open to income-eligible Ohioans. Penny Martin with the Ohio Development Services Agency, says applicants need a face-to-face interview with a local provider.

Penny Martin with the Ohio Development Services Agency

Martin said eligible households must have annual incomes at or below 175-percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which means about $43,000 for a family of four. Visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov. for more information.

HYPER REACH ALERT SYSTEM

The City of Pataskala has initiated an alert system called Hyper-Reach to inform residents of potential emergencies.

Pataskala City Administrator BJ King

City Administrator BJ King said they can use Hyper-Reach for things like boil advisories and road closures. To sign up for the alert system visit the city of Pataskala website.

 


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