Wednesday, February 1

STATE OF THE STATE

Governor Mike DeWine delivered his State of the State Address Tuesday at which time he unveiled plans for his proposed state budget.

Gov. DeWine announced plans to expand reading initiatives in the state as well as scholarship opportunities.

CRIME STOPPERS

Licking County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in a breaking and entering and theft from Camp O’Bannon. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office reports, between Dec. 5-6, suspect(s) broke into the Camp O’Bannon office on Butler Road and stole several items including a box containing blank checks and multiple old cellphones. They also spray-painted areas around the office. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call the Licking County Crime Stoppers at 740-349-6888.

NEWARK MAN INDICTED ON DRUG CHARGES

A Licking County grand jury has indicted a 44-year-old Newark man on drug charges. Jared Phillips faces numerous charges including trafficking in fentanyl and aggravated trafficking in meth. In 2021, Phillips pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to community control. He remains held on $20,000.

RECYCLING IN LICKING COUNTY

Licking County Recycling has released it annual recycling statistics.

Director Andrea Krava, said on the plus side, they experienced a significant decline in the amount of non-recyclable items being dropped off in the bins.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION AWARD

The Community Intercultural Relations Committee at Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State Newark seek nominations for the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. You can nominate a person, business, or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to diversity and inclusion in Licking County. For more information visit either COTC or OSU-Newark's Facebook page.

JOB FAIR

The New Albany Community Showcase and Job Fair will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9 at the Church of the Resurrection. The public is invited to this free event to learn more about area businesses, career and volunteer opportunities.