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News Headlines from Wednesday, August 16, 2017

During a press conference Tuesday morning at New Albany Village Hall, Facebook officially announced its plans to build a new 970,000-square-foot data center in the New Albany International Business Park.

Rachel Peterson Director of Data Center Strategy and Development at Facebook

Rachel Peterson, Director of Data Center Strategy and Development at Facebook, said the new center will be the company's 10th data center. Governor John Kasich took part in the press conference.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

The company will invest $750 million on the data center that will be located on 345 acres on a site east of Beech Road and south of Ohio 161. The facility is expected to begin delivering services in 2019.


A 29-year-old Utica man has been charged with rape for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 9-year-old Girl. According to a press release from the Licking County Sheriff's Office, Eli Cummons was arrested on Monday after the girl came forward claiming Cummons sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions. During an interview with detectives, Cummons allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting the girl. The case will next go before a grand jury for possible indictment.


As part of their orientation, all new teachers in the Newark School District recently took a bus trip across the district.

NSD Superintendent Doug Ute

Newark Superintendent Doug Ute said the district hired 24 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year, which begins on Thursday and Friday.


With school starting across central Ohio, local law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to be mindful of buses that are stopped to pick up and drop off students. Motorists are required to stop in both directions on a two lane road. Only motorists traveling the opposite direction on a four lane road may proceed. In addition, be sure to slow down in school zones and watch for students walking or bicycling to school.


Newark Development Partners will be hosting a construction communication meeting this evening to keep everyone up to date on the downtown construction project. The meeting will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at The Midland Theatre. Officials will talk about the North Park Place status as well as the timeline for North Third Street, Church Street and future segments. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.


Registration continues for Saturday's Karis' Cause 5k. The 5K will be held at Geller Park in Heath. All proceeds benefit families dealing with childhood cancer. Visit www.kariscause.org to register or for more information.


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