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News Headlines from Wednesday, January 16, 2019

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9:00 a.m. Areas of freezing drizzle may produce a light glaze of ice accumulation making for slippery road conditions. Give your self plenty of stopping distance and give the snow plows plenty of room to do their job.

ARRAIGNMENT FOR CHIEF CONNELL

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for today for Newark Police Chief Barry Connell who has been charged with failing to stop for a stopped school bus. Chief Connell is accused of passing a stopped school bus while attempting to serve a warrant on a person who ran from police and was running near where the bus was stopped. The incident took place back in October. He has entered a not guilty plea.

SOCIAL WORKER OF THE YEAR

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio Outpatient Therapist Scott Gatton has been awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter.

Scott Gatton

In February, Gatton will celebrate 21 years at BHP. He received the honor during a special awards ceremony Tuesday night in Newark.

OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS

The opioid epidemic is hitting closer to home than some Ohioans might realize. According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose are, for the first time, greater than the odds of dying in a car accident.

Ken Kolosh

Ken Kolosh, manager of statistics for the NSC, said for opioid overdose deaths, the odds are 1-in-96, compared with 1-in-103 for motor-vehicle deaths. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths, with more than 3,600 in 2016.

TRYING TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The State Patrol is collaborating with the Illinois State Police, Indiana State Police, Michigan State Police and Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking. The goal of the initiative, which runs through the end of the week is to train and educate those who are in a position to see human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees. Troopers will also hand out information cards to help identify signs of human trafficking and ask people to report suspected trafficking.

COCKTAILS BY THE FIRE

Tickets are on sale now for The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology’s Cocktails by the Fire fundraiser happening Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 PM. This year, Cocktails by the Fire has gone country! Put on your dancing boots and cowboy hats or just come as you are for a night of laughter and fun, all in the name of supporting The Works Hot Glass Studio. The evening will include drinks in a saloon, food to fill the belly and glassblowing to amaze the eyes. Reservations for Cocktails by the Fire are $40 per person for members of The Works and $50 per person for non-members. To register, visit www.attheworks.org or call The Works at 740-349-9277.

NEWARK WOMAN CHARGED WITH RAPE

Bond has been set at $100,000 for a 37-year-old Newark woman accused of engaging in sex acts with child less than 10 years old. Angela Walsh has been charged with rape in connection with alleged incidents that took place over a two year time frame that began in April 2016. In October 2014, Walsh was sentenced to two years in prison after her 2-year-old son ingested anti-psychotic medication.

BRAVING THE COLD TO HELP OTHERS

The 8th Annual Feed the Dream, which supports the Food Pantry Network of Licking County, was held Monday at Ross' Granville Market. FPNLC Executive Director Chuck Moore was impressed with the volunteers who braved the bone chilling conditions to collect food and monetary donations.

FPNLC Exec. Dir. Chuck Moore

The annual event is held in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Over the past seven years the food drive has provided the FPNLC with the food and funds equivalent of 350 tons of food.

BUCKEYE LAKE WINTERFEST 2019

The annual Buckeye Lake Winterfest will be held Saturday, Jan. 26.

Mike Fornataro with the BLRCC

Mike Fornataro, with the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, said Benny the Bass will be given three minutes to swallow some minnows. If he eats a minnow it means an early Spring, if he doesn't it means six more weeks of Winter. For more information on this year's event visit the Buckeye Lake Winterfest Facebook page.

TREE TRIMMING OPEN HOUSE

American Electric Power will conduct an open house in the Granville Village Council Chambers, this Thursday night from seven until eight. AEP will discuss the upcoming tree trimming and maintenance project for trees within the Village rights-of-way. Residents will be to ask questions and get information about this process.

GET THOSE FOREVER STAMPS

You may want to stock up on Forever Stamps. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 27 the price of Forever Stamps will go up 5 cents from 50 cents to 55 cents meaning a book of stamps will now cost $11.

CAREGIVER EDUCATION CLASS

The Carol Strawn Center will host its next Caregiver Education class from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Newark Library on West Main Street. The class will focus on effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal when dealing with someone who has Alzheimer's or other dementias. 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. To register, call 740-345-5190.

 

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