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News Headlines from Tuesday, March 13, 2018


The Hartford Fair is mourning the loss of longtime office manager Cindy Twyford.

Hartford Fair Manager/Secretary Larry Hughes

Hartford Fair Manager/Secretary Larry Hughes said Twyford, 69, died this past Saturday after a short but courageous battle with gallbladder cancer. Calling hours will be held today from 2:00-4:00pm and from 6:00-8:00pm at the Croton Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:00pm at the church.


The city of Newark held swearing-in ceremonies Monday morning for four new firefighter/paramedics - Beau Daubenmire, Dylan Mullen, Rich Nethers and Jonathan Spohn.

NFD Chief Pat Connor

Fire Chief Pat Connor said the Newark Fire Department now has 76 full-time firefighters. Monday's ceremony was held at Fire Station No. 1 in downtown Newark.


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of a 28-year-old Newark man. Licking County Municipal Court is actively searching for William Starkey. He is wanted for probation violation. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


The Licking County Health Department reports a big drop in the number of flu cases. For the week ending March 3, there were 153 total cases of flu reported, a 56.7 percent decrease as compared to the previous week, according to the LCHD.


On Monday April 2, the Administrative, Early Childhood, Employment Supports and Provider Relations departments of the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities will temporarily move to the second floor of the Newark Commerce Center, at 195 Union St. in Newark. Those departments will be in that space for approximately nine to 12 months as construction begins on the E.S. Weiant Center.  Normal LCBDD business will continue on Union Street during regular hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same during the relocation.


The work continues on the Ohio 310 project. Pike Street will be closed for roughly 45 to 60 days. The project consists of the widening of SR310 from two lanes to five lanes, from US 40 to the I-70/ 310 Interchange. The Work also includes the installation of a new signal at the intersection of Pike Street and Ohio 310.


Hundreds of folks in Ohio are serving as catalysts for change in the fight to eradicate poverty through National Service programs. Specifically in Ohio, about 1,200 people are dedicating a year of their lives as AmeriCorps VISTA members. Caitlin Ballinger, AmeriCorps VISTA leader at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says through their service, members get a firsthand look at how nonprofits help struggling Ohioans.

Caitlin Ballinger AmeriCorps VISTA leader at the Ohio Association of Foodbanks

Members are paid a modest monthly stipend during their 12 months of service, and then receive a cash or educational award when their term ends. This is National AmeriCorps Week.



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