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News Headlines from Wednesday, July 17, 2019


Matthew Snyder, the Newark man, accused of strangling his pregnant girlfriend, was back in a Licking County courtroom Monday. Snyder, 29, pleaded guilty to numerous charges including domestic violence. He was immediately sentenced to 18 months in prison.


The Pataskala Police Department is investigating an increase in thefts from motor vehicles. According to police, criminals are looking for an easy target, they roam the streets at night to see who left things unsecured to quickly get through a neighborhood and then move onto the next neighborhood. Officers are reminding folks to remove valuables from your car and make sure to lock your doors.


The Licking County Chamber of Commerce has housed, provided in-kind administrative support and supervised the staff and operations of Grow Licking County Community Improvement Corporation since its inception in 2012. All that will change on September 1 when Grow Licking County becomes a stand alone agency.

Licking County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jennifer McDonald

Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jennifer McDonald says Grow Licking County CIC strives to bring new businesses into the area while also supporting existing businesses.


Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted was in town Monday for a fundraiser for Newark At-Large Council candidate Jeff Harris. Husted took time to discuss the state budget which is still being debated by the legislature.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted

The General Assembly is facing a deadline of this evening to pass a budget. The state has been working on a 17 day interim budget since July 1.


Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has launched an online tool for searching whether businesses or individuals have been sued for violating consumer protection laws. the new Consumer Protection Lawsuit Search will allow Ohio consumers to gauge the reputations of people and businesses. The searchable database houses civil lawsuits and criminal indictments filed by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Section and Economic Crimes Unit since 2013.


Ohioans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP as it's better known - can visit any of 92 farmers markets around the state to buy fresh, locally grown food. The Canal Market District farmers market is taking part in the program. SNAP provides monthly benefits to more than 1.4 million Ohioans.


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