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News Headlines from Tuesday, March 19 , 2019


Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of five men. The Licking County Municipal Court is actively searching for Darrell McClain, David Ricketts, Derrick Thompson, George Weber, and Raymond Weese. If you have any information on their whereabouts call Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


In November 2018, the Ohio History Connection filed a civil lawsuit against Moundbuilders Country Club to buy back the lease in order to ensure full public access to the site and to possibly open the door to a UNESCO World Heritage designation. Monday, attorneys from the Ohio Attorney General's Office and Moundbuilders took part in an evidentiary hearing in Licking County Common Pleas Court. Testimony will take place again today. A jury trial is scheduled for September, 2019.


The Park National Bank recently made a $5,000 donation to the Licking County Sheriff's Office to help purchase the office's first drone. The drone will provide airborne search and rescue support to the sheriff's office in a number of ways – for the Project Lifesaver program, barricade situations and any other potentially dangerous situation.


Over the past number of years, the Youth Leadership Council of Licking County, a project of Pathways of Central Ohio, has had a positive impact on the community.

Bobby Persinger with Pathways of Central Ohio

Bobby Persinger with Pathways of Central Ohio said they are currently recruiting new students to be a part of the YLC. For more information visit www.kidscaretoo.org.


The National Low Income Housing Coalition’s "Gap Report" finds that 67 percent of the Ohio's extremely low-income renter households are spending more than half their income on rent. Bill Faith, executive director, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, explains that's more than 290,000 families who have to make difficult decisions in order to keep a roof over their heads.

Bill Faith Executive Director Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

The Coalition considers people "extremely low-income" if they make only 30-percent of their area's median income, and in Ohio, only 43 rental units are available and affordable for every 100 of these households.


The Carol Strawn Center will host its next Caregiver Education class on Wednesday, March 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Newark Library on West Main Street. The class will focus on disaster preparedness. The class is free for Licking County individuals over 60. A donation is requested for non Licking County residents and those under 60 years old.


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