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News Headlines from Tuesday, July 16, 2019


A 70-year-old Thornville man died in a Monday evening crash in western Licking County. According to a press release from the Granville Post of the State Patrol, around 5:30 p.m., Thomas Jenkins was traveling west on Interstate 70 in Etna Township when he apparently struck the back of a semi. Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the semi was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.


A Newark firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion following a Monday afternoon fire at Tectum Inc. on South Sixth Street. Crews from Newark and surrounding fire departments were called to the scene shortly before 3:00 p.m. Monday and they had the blaze contained in about 90 minutes. The cause is under investigation.


Bond has been set at $50,000 for a 24-year-old Reynoldsburg woman accused of having over 23 grams of meth. Kelli Cox is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a single charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs following her arrest earlier this month. Cox does have a previous drug conviction.


Monday afternoon The Ohio State University Newark and Central Ohio Technical College unveiled a new monument dedicated to service members and first responders who suffer from or have post traumatic stress disorder. The monument is the brain-child of COTC student and Navy veteran Megan Connell-Cox.

COTC student and Navy veteran Megan Connell-Cox

The monument is located outside McConnell Hall.


50 years ago today astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins began a mission for the ages.

Apollo 11 Launch

On July 16, 1969 at 9:32 a.m. Apollo 11 left Kennedy Space Center for its historic trip toward the moon.


The Licking County Health Departmentís Access to Care Committee is offering a Question & Answer event on getting access to health insurance. Kari Kennedy, director Community and Personal Health, says the event will deal with Medicaid Managed Care plan or other health insurance plans.

Kari Kennedy with the Licking County Health Department

The open-house-style event will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm Thursday, July 25 at The Main Place, on South Third Street in Newark.


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