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News Headlines from Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in a home burglary in Granville Township. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office reports on Friday, March 16 at around 12:15 p.m., suspects broke into a home on the 200 block of Whipkey Drive. The homeowner came home shortly thereafter and the suspects fled. The homeowner reported several items were stolen including: jewelry, a laptop and silverware. The stolen items were valued at more than $2,500. The suspects were described as white males wearing brown hooded masks. They were said to be driving a beige or brown Honda CRV. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.


The Licking County YMCA has plans to renovate the Western Branch on Broad Street in Pataskala.

Licking County YMCA CEO Ed Bohren

YMCA CEO Ed Bohren said the price tag for Phase 1 of the renovation project is $2.8 million of which they have already raised $2.2 million.  Yesterday, during the monthly Pataskala Area Chamber of Commerce meeting the YMCA kicked off the public fundraising campaign. If all goes as planned, a groundbreaking would be held this fall with a goal of completing Phase 1 in the fall of 2019.


The Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority is leading a contingent of public and private officials to Washington, D.C. today to meet with key members and staff of the Ohio Congressional Delegation. The purpose of the Fly-In event is to better acquaint Ohio's Congressional Delegation with the status of key military work at the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center.


One of the many programs offered at the Licking County Health Department is the free car seat safety checks and installation.

Ashley See LCHD Health Education Manager

Ashley See, Health Education Manager, said a certified child passenger safety technician will assist with the installation. The car seat inspections are by appointment only. Visit www.lickingcohealth.org for more information.


Tuesday, Governor Kasich announced the formation of the Office of Opportunities for New Americans to help legal Immigrants more successfully become part of Ohio.

Governor John Kasich

Gov. Kasich said the new office will help to ensure legal immigrants successfully integrate into communities by breaking down barriers in state government to improve workforce development opportunities.


Parents in the Heath School District are invited to attend a planning update Thursday, May 17 in the Heath Middle School Auditorium. District officials will share an update on the facilities planning process for Garfield and Stevenson Elementary schools. Thursday's meeting gets underway at 6:00 p.m.


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