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News Headlines from Tuesday, September 18, 2018


The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two individuals who attended the Lost Lands Music Festival at the Legend Valley Concert Venue. On site emergency medical personnel responded to assist both individuals who were reported to be unresponsive. On Saturday, Sept. 15 Ger Vang, 24, of Hickory North Carolina was pronounced dead at Licking Memorial Hospital. On Sunday, Sept. 16 Mario Symborski, 31, of Pontiac Michigan was pronounced dead at Licking Memorial Hospital. Autopsies have been performed by the Licking County Coroners Office. The cause of death is pending toxicology reports which could take several weeks. It is estimated that 40,000 people attended the four day festival.


The investigation continues into a weekend crash in Coshocton County that claimed the life of a 33-year-old man. According to the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Duane Dobson was traveling on the 45000 block of of Township Road 288 Sunday around 6:15 a.m. when he went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Dobson was pronounced dead at the scene.


For almost an hour Monday, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke with the media and the discussion focused on his three game suspension and his handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith.

Urban Meyer

Meyer will be back on the sideline for Saturday's home game against Tulane.


Luke Messinger, executive director Dawes Arboretum, invites the community to attend the upcoming Fall Festival & Plant Sale.

Luke Messinger

The Fall Festival will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday, Sept 2. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.


The Newark Engineer's Office has announced that starting today and running through Friday, Sept. 21 there will be periodic lane closures on Wilson Street between South 5th Street and Raccoon Creek and Jefferson Street, between South 6th Street and Raccoon Creek so crews can make repairs to gas lines.


The 69th annual Courthouse Christmas Lighting Campaign has kicked-off its annual community fundraising. The annual Christmas Holiday celebration on Friday, November 23rd brings thousands of residents downtown for the festivities. The 2018 fund raising campaign has a community goal of $21,000. The money raised will be used for the decorating of the Square and the Christmas program on November 23rd. The Community Lighting Fundraising Campaign will run through Friday, October 12th. At the conclusion of the fund-raising effort, members of the Lighting. Additional information is available at www.courthouselighting.com.


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