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News Headlines from Tuesday, May 26, 2020


190 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, 101 cases are classified as recovered and ten people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


The investigation continues into a weekend fire in Newark Township. According to the Licking County 911 Center, crews from several departments were called to the home in the 300 block of Roberts Avenue shortly before 3:00am Saturday and upon arrival found smoke and flames
coming from the home. No injuries were reported. The home sustained a significant amount of damage.


The Newark School Board is holding a special meeting this afternoon to give community a leaders a chance to meet and speak with the four finalists for the superintendent's position. The four finalists are: Maura Horgan, Director Of Curriculum and Staff Development, Newark City Schools; Craig Hockenberry, Superintendent, Three Rivers Local Schools; David Lewis, Superintendent, Miami Trace Local Schools and Doctor Brad Ritchey, Superintendent, Milton-Union Local Schools. The board is expected to hire the next superintendent during its regular meeting on June 8. Today's meeting will be held at 4:00pm at the Administrative Service Center on Mount Vernon Rd.


The Licking County Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that Ohio businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and flooding on March 20-22, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans. The loans are available to residents in several central Ohio counties including Licking County. Survivors should contact SBA Customer Service Representatives at (571) 422-1925, (571) 422-6016 or (404) 909-1535 to schedule a virtual appointment for immediate one-on-one assistance in completing their Electronic Loan Application.


This is Mental Health Awareness Month a time to raise awareness of mental health issues and hopefully end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Penny Sitler, executive director, Mental Health America of Licking County, says people need to know they can discuss whatever is bothering them.

Penny Sitler Exec. Dir. MHALC

Sitler said Mental Health America provides a number of free services and programs to help individuals and families dealing with mental health issues. Visit www.mhalc.org for more information.


The prospect of heavy spring rains has led some farmers to use conservation measures to protect their fields. Dennis Reer plants corn, soybeans and wheat and also grows cover crops in the off season - because living roots make the soil more porous so it can hold more water and nutrients in place.

Dennis Reer

Reer does not till the soil, which keeps carbon and nitrous oxide in the ground. And he says better soil health means he spends less on chemical soil amendments.


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