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News Headlines from Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Marquice Wilkins, the Newark man charged with rape in a case that dates back to 2006, is due back in a Licking County courtroom today. Wilkins, 36, was arrested last week after being indicted in October. DNA evidence allegedly connected Wilkins to the case.


Numerous fire crews were busy Monday morning battling a pole barn fire at an excavating company in Harrison Township. Firefighters were called to the scene on the 4100 block of Ohio 310 at around 9:20 a.m. and it took them a little less than an hour to contain the fire, although they remained on the scene for several hours. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.


The Ohio Development Services Agency has awarded more than $27 million to 41 communities to rehabilitate, repair, and construct affordable housing for low-income Ohioans as well as provide homeownership and rental assistance. Licking County will receive over $600,000 to rehabilitate and repair 20 homes. The County will partner with the cities of Heath and Pataskala on the projects.


For the past number of years Wittenberg professor Dr. Scott Rosenberg has led the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative which provides meals to the southern African country of Lesotho.

Wittenberg Professor Dr. Scott Rosenberg

Dr. Rosenberg said they will hold meal packing events Thursday at Whetstone High School and again next Tuesday at Heath High School. For more information visit www.lesothonutritioninitiative.com.


An increasing number of farmers and producers in Ohio are preparing for a transition to organic certification. Kim Bayer operates a mixed vegetable operation and she sees becoming organic as part of creating a sustainable future.

Organic Farmer Kim Bayer

According to the latest federal figures, there are 575 certified organic operations in Ohio – a number that rose 24 percent between 2015 and 2016.


The Freedom School in Licking County continues its third Thursday film series this Thursday with a screening of the documentary “The True Cost of Fast Fashion”, which looks at the clothing industry. Thursday's movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the USW Union Hall on Hudson Avenue in Newark.


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