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News Headlines from Thursday, October 19, 2017


Ohio 12th District U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R) has announced his resignation. In a press release, Rep. Tiberi stated “Today, it is with a humble and thankful heart that I announce I will not be seeking reelection. While I have not yet determined a final resignation date, I will be leaving Congress by January 31, 2018. I have been presented with an opportunity to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable that will allow me to continue to work on public policy issues impacting Ohioans while also spending more time with my family.”  Rep. Tiberi was first elected to the House of Representatives in November, 2000.


A 49-year-old Columbus man will spend the next seven years in prison for a 2016 armed robbery in Licking County. Bryan Gill recently entered guilty pleas to several charges including aggravated burglary in connection with the October 2016 incident.


The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will be hosting a Medicare Check-Up Day event today at Heritage Hall Senior Center in Newark. Program Director Chris Reeg says Medicare open enrollment is open now thru December 7.

OSHIIP Director Chris Reeg

Reeg said you need to schedule an appointment for today's event. To schedule an appointment or for more information call 740-345-0821.


Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation continues to work on a county-wide economic development action plan. Director Nathan Strum says they have engaged local stakeholders.

Grow Licking County Director Nathan Strum

Strum said the goal is to have the action plan out for public review by the end of the year and then have it adopted by the CIC Board of Directors in January 2018.


The Licking County Health Department and Licking County Safe Communities Coalition, through support from State Farm®, challenged Licking County high school students to create a public service announcement billboard to educate their peers about teen driver safety. The winner is Newark High School student Steven Chiacchira. Chiacchira's billboard is being displayed this month on billboards throughout Newark.


A new survey from the United States Department of Agriculture shows that Ohio ranks 7th in the nation in its number of organic farms. Ohio is seeing double digit growth in the number of organic farms, organic land in production, and organic sales, illustrating the role of organic production in economic development.


Members of the Young Leaders of Licking County will celebrate their one-year anniversary with a gathering of family and friends from 6:00-8:00pm Friday, Oct. 20 at Moundbuilders Country Club. The mission of the Young Leaders of Licking County is to foster the next generation of leaders, offering opportunities for networking, mentorship, education, philanthropy and leadership development. The YLLC currently has over 240 members.

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