Monday, January 30

LOCAL MAN ACCUSED OF HAVING CHILD PORN

Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 45-year-old Pataskala man accused of possessing child pornography. Kenneth Douglas is being held on a single charge of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material, but other charges could be forthcoming. Douglas is due back in court later this week.

POLICE BLITZ

Newark police will be conducting a high traffic enforcement blitz during Super Bowl weekend Feb. 12-13. They will have extra patrols in the areas of 21st Street and Ohio 13, 16 and 79. Speed limits, impaired driving, and seatbelt enforcement will be the focus of the overtime activity.

BLOOD DRIVE

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Granville’s Centenary United Methodist Church Tuesday from 8:00am-2:00pm. There is an urgent need for donors. To schedule a donation visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

SUNDAY CREEK HORIZONS

After 31 years in public service Jay Hottinger is now working on a new endeavor.

Hottinger said Appalachia faces serious challenges including high rates of poverty. Ohio's Appalachian Country encompasses 32 Ohio Counties, stretching from the edge of Cincinnati to the edge of Cleveland.

FARM BILL

Next week, Ohio farmers and their advocates head to Washington, D.C., as lawmakers gear up to reauthorize the Farm Bill.

Angela Huffman, with the group FarmAction believes a strong system of local food suppliers would stabilize Ohio's food economy, and help ensure that more families have access to fruits, vegetables, and sustainably raised meat.

CINCINNATI FALLS SHORT

The Bengals run to a second straight Super Bowl appearance came to an end Sunday in Kansas City. Cincinnati clipped 23-20 by the Chiefs. Kansas City will face the Eagles in Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.

 

 

 

 

MONEY FOR SAFETY UPGRADES

The state has announced that 900 additional schools will receive $112 million to support physical safety and security upgrades as part of the latest round of Ohio's K-12 School Safety Grant Program. 25 schools across Licking County will share in a little over $2 million.

MONEY FOR SOUTH CENTRAL POWER

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a nearly $255 million loan to the South Central Power Company in Lancaster. The funds will be used to help build and improve 320 miles of power lines and transmission system projects.

A DROP IN JOBLESS CLAIMS

Ohioans filed almost 7,950 initial jobless claims last week and that was 1,100 fewer than the previous week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

COMMUNITY FORUM

The United Way of Licking County will host its next Community Partners Council forum Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Licking County Aging Program on East Main Street in Newark. This month's topic highlights the Growing Homeless Population in Licking County.