Wednesday, November 30

NEWARK MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE

A 52-year-old Newark man is being held at the Licking County Justice Center accused of sexual assault. Anthony Nichols has been charged with rape but other charges could be forthcoming. Nichols, who does have a previous conviction for domestic violence, is being held on $150,000 bond. His case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.

THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

The Licking County Area Transportation Study held an open house Tuesday to garner input about the future of transportation in Licking County.

Technical Study Director Matthew Hill said folks can go online at www.launchlca.com and fill out a survey. The goal is to have all information in house by March 2023.

BUMMIES IS COMING BACK

In late February, Bummies Pub and Grub was destroyed in a fire. Tuesday, the owners announced that they have found a new home - Dan’s Family Pizza at the corner of West Main and Eleventh streets in Newark. They will be closed this week while they move in. They plan to resume Dan’s Pizza for carry out and delivery only starting Tuesday, Dec. 6. The dining room will remain closed while a remodel takes place.

MURAL IS FINISHED

If you travel past the Licking County Library in downtown Newark you will see two beautiful murals on the sides of the library's garage. Artist Curtis Goldstein started working on the murals earlier this year.

Goldstein said planning for the murals began in 2019 but the pause button was hit due to the pandemic.

OSU IS NO. 5

The latest College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday and Ohio State is No. 5. Georgia, Michigan, TCU and USC grabbed the top four spots. The top four teams in the final rankings will advance to the playoffs.

DEER HARVEST

Hunters checked 17,193 deer on Monday the first day of deer gun season, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. That was down from last year's harvest of 21,754. Licking County hunters bagged 430 deer and that was up ever so slightly from last year's harvest.