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|News Headlines from Thursday, March 15, 2018|
COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT INCHES UP
Licking County's January unemployment rate was 4.3 percent up from the December rate of 3.8 percent, according to figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the same story across central Ohio as all surrounding counties saw an increase in the January unemployment rate as compared to December.
NATIONAL WALKOUT DAY
Newark High School students joined others across the country Wednesday for the National Walkout Day to mark the one month anniversary of the school shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed. Senior Alissa Ford helped organize Wednesday's walkout.
Ford said some students stood outside in silence for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students and staff killed in Parkland, Florida while other students met in the gym and read aloud the names of the those killed at the school.
A NEW PLANNING DIRECTOR
Licking County finally has a planning director.
Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb said more than 20 candidates from across the country applied for the job. Harkness has worked in the Planning and Development Department for five years.
BALTIMORE WOMAN CHARGED IN ALLEGED TRAFFICKING RING
A 44-year-old Baltimore woman is one of five people recently indicted for allegedly taking part in a suspected human trafficking ring in the Columbus area. Stacey Rockey faces several charges including trafficking in persons and compelling prostitution. The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force began investigating the case in 2016.
Licking County Job and Family Services recently achieved re-accreditation through the Council on Accreditation. Licking County Job and Family Services was first accredited in 2009, and is one of only 13 JFS agencies in the state to be accredited. The accreditation highlights a commitment to quality and best practices for customers in children services, workforce development, public assistance, and adult protective services.
OSU VS. SDS
The Buckeyes will square off against South Dakota State in the NCAA Tournament this afternoon in Boise, Idaho. Ohio State is the No. 5 Seed in the West Region, while the Jackrabbits are the No. 12 seed. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m.
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