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News Headlines from Tuesday, April 25, 2017
FATAL SHOOTING IN REYNOLDSBURG

The Reynoldsburg Police Department is investigating the weekend shooting death of a 59-year-old man. According to police, Saturday, April 22 shortly after 1:30am, officers were dispatched to the area of 600 Lancaster Avenue on a report of shots being fired. Upon arrival they found James Stennis Jr. lying in a parking lot with a gunshot wound to his chest. If you have any information call the Reynoldsburg Police Department at 614-322-6913.

OHIO PACK LLC PROJECT

Monday, the Ohio Tax Credit authority approved assistance for seven projects set to create 641 new jobs and retain 846 jobs statewide. Ohio Pack, LLC, expects to create 55 full-time positions, generating $3.8 million in new annual payroll as a result of the company's new project in Heath. Ohio Pack manufactures plastic film for the food and beverage industry.

NEW SUPERINTENDENT

The Licking County Educational Service Center Governing Board has hired Doug Lewellen as the new County Superintendent. Lewellen is replacing retiring Superintendent Nelson McCray effective August 1. McCray served as superintendent for 20 years. Lewellen comes to Licking County after serving as the superintendent of Bath Local Schools near Lima since 2011.

HEATH TAX INCOME TAX

One of the many funding issues on the May 2 ballot is a proposed .50 percent increase in the income tax rate in the city of Heath. Mayor Mark Johns says some of the money generated from the income tax would be used on streets.

Heath Mayor Mark Johns

In addition to streets, Mayor Johns said the money would be used to hire additional police officers and a full-time fire inspector.

HOUSING 101

Housing is a big issue for folks with a developmental disability. On Wednesday, April 26, the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities will host a free housing 101 seminar.

Angie Finck with LCBDD

Director of Provider Relations Angie Finck said they will discuss a number of housing issues including rights, responsibilities and resources. Tomorrow's seminar runs from 6:00-8:00pm at the E.S. Weiant Center.

HISTORIC HOMES TOUR

The Licking County Historical Society invites area residents to join them on a Historic Homes Tour. The event will begin at 1:30pm on Sunday, April 30 at the Buckingham Meeting House, 5 N. 6th Street, Newark. Cost is $20 per ticket or $15 for members of Licking County Historical Society and/or Heisey Collectors of America.

 

 

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