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News Headlines from Wednesday, May 20, 2020


A Blue Ribbon Arson Award of up to $5,000 is being offered for information into two recent fires at the same home in Newark. Monday, a little before midnight, crews responded to a fire at 32 North Buena Vista Street and upon arrival found smoke and flames coming from the home. They had the blaze contained in twenty minutes. No injuries were reported. According to investigators, evidence of homelessness and drug activity are direct factors relating to the cause of Monday's fire and another one back on May 4.


Tuesday, Governor Mike DeWine released details of a new order which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30.

Governor Mike DeWine

The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.


Annie Glenn, the wife of astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19 at a nursing home near St. Paul Minnesota. She was 100. At the time of Sen. Glenn's death in 2016, the two had been married for 73 years. Governor DeWine has ordered that flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state.


As of Tuesday, 174 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, 96 cases are classified as recovered and eight people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


Catholic Social Services in Licking County is putting out the call for workers.

Dave Desender Regional Director CSS

Regional Director Dave Desender said drivers take individuals to non-emergency medical appointments. They are looking for full and part time drivers and it is a paid position. For more information or to apply contact Catholic Social Services at 740-345-2565 ext. 101.


Thanks to a partnership between the Licking County Health Department, the Licking County Area Transportation Study, the City of Newark, and the Canal Market District, two new crosswalks have been added on 2nd and 3rd Street at the Canal Market District in downtown Newark. The two new crosswalks create a safe and visible point for crossing and accessing the market along with other nearby attractions.


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