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News Headlines from Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Licking County Sheriff's Office is investigating an early Thursday morning crash that claimed the life of a 37-year-old Pataskala man. According to a press release, Shawn Trimmer was walking along the 8000 block of National Road around 1:30 a.m. when he was struck by a  car described as a red or maroon 2006-2010 Honda Civic Coupe. The car suffered front end damage.  If you have any information contact the LCSO at 740-670-5555.

***7:30AM UPDATE***

According to the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office Derwacter has been taken into custody.


The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating a 31-year-old man. Authorities are searching for Derrick Derwacter who is wanted on a felony theft charge. If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office at 740-452-3637.


The North Fork Local School District is just one of many local school districts with a funding issue on next Tuesday’s ballot. Superintendent Scott Hartley says voters are being asked to approve a 1 percent earned income tax renewal.

North Fork Superintendent Scott Hartley

Hartley said the renewal is for three years and generates roughly $2 million a year. Folks can learn more about the ballot issue by attending an Elections Issue Forum today from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Utica High School.


Licking County Health Department employees recently volunteered to clean up litter along King Rd in Newark. Employees broke into groups to pick up trash along the 1.8 mile stretch of road. After three hours, they compiled 12 industrial-sized trash bags of litter. Most litter collected was beer and pop bottles, fast-food bags, cigarette packs, diapers, and Styrofoam cups. Other large items collected included tires, a car fender, ceiling tiles, and an oil pan. The Health Department aims to pick up trash along King Rd. three times per year.


The Village of Johnstown has completed its first ever Park & Greenway Master Plan.  The Village contacted the Ohio State University City and Regional Planning Department to complete the Master Plan. This plan provides two park designs for the recommended Raccoon Creek and TJ Evans Trail Head Parks, and one site design for a generic neighborhood park. The Master Plan also provides funding opportunities that the community can use to complete the various recommendations of this plan.


According to a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in federal Medicaid funding to pay for speech therapy, mental-health services and wellness screenings for eligible students. However, Congress is looking at proposed changes that would cap or cut federal Medicaid funding. Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association, fears schools would be forced to find alternative funding, or even cut services.

Becky Higgins President of the Ohio Education Association

The American Health Care Act would cut federal Medicaid spending by nearly $840 billion over a decade. Supporters have argued it would give states control of health care and restore the free market


Central Ohio Technical College is now offering the only fire science technology program accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress in central Ohio. The program was approved for accreditation in early April. The first two students will graduate from the program with this accreditation at the end of spring semester.


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