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News Headlines from Tuesday, December 1, 2020


A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until noon today.  Several central Ohio counties are currently under a Level 1 Snow Emergency.  A Level 1 means roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy; drive carefully.


Monday, during his COVID-19 press conference Governor Mike DeWine mentioned that he was on a call with Vice President Mike Pence and other governors and they discussed the progress being made on a vaccine.

Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. DeWine said Ohio could receive its first shipment of vaccine by Dec. 15.


As of  Monday, 4,618 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, and 4,144 cases are classified as closed/recovered. 71 people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


Nine people were killed in nine crashes on Ohio’s roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period, according to provisional figures released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  Of the nine killed, two were pedestrians, four were not wearing a seat belt and two involved impaired driving. In 2019, there were 15 fatal crashes in which 18 people were killed.


A 34-year-old Nelsonville woman faces charges following a drug bust last week. Leesha Santek was arrested after officers allegedly found black tar heroin, drug paraphernalia and cash in her car. According to the Perry County Sheriff's Office, Santek is believed to be a substantial supplier of heroin in the New Straitsville area. She was charged with possession of heroin and trafficking of heroin.


Plenty of people will be making a donation today to their favorite charity as this is Giving Tuesday. Kip Morse, president, Central Ohio Better Business Bureau, has a reminder if you plan to make a donation today.

Kip Morse President Central Ohio BBB

During the holidays, American charities receive one-third of their annual donations.


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