Friday, July 30

BANK ROBBER IS HEADING TO PRISON

A 40-year-old Knox County man is heading to prison for robbing a credit union. Jerad Shaw was sentenced to an indefinite term of 4-6 years behind bars for the St. Patrick’s Day robbery of the CES Credit Union in Mount Vernon. Shaw entered the credit union and displayed a fake gun before taking off with roughly $3,000.

BLDG CLOSED

The Heath Municipal Building will be closed today to all office business because of a planned power outage. The Heath Police Department’s dispatch center will operate as normal. The city offices will reopen Monday, Aug. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

JOBLESS CLAIMS

Ohioans filed 10,603 initial jobless claims last week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. That was down more than 2,000 from the previous week's total.

LT. RIVERA JOINS LOCAL SALVATION ARMY

Lieutenant Tatyana Rivera has been assigned as the Assistant Corps Officer for The Salvation Army, Newark.

Lt. Rivera is a recent graduate from The Salvation Army Officer Training College in New York. She most recently served as the Young People’s Sergeant Major at The Salvation Army in Meriden, CT, where she was in charge of the youth programming.

UNITED WAY 5K

On Saturday, Aug. 14 grab your running gear and head over to Pataskala's Foundation Park for the 2nd Annual United Way of Licking County's Red, White & UNITED 5k, 1 Mile Walk, and Kids Fun Run. Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Jamie Holderman says registration is $35.

Holderman said if you use the promo code WNKO you'll save $5. To register or for more information visit www.unitedwaylc.org.

NATURAL PLAYSCAPE

The Licking Park District has announced that construction will start in early August on the first phase of the Natural Playscape at Infirmary Mound Park The first phase includes the hill area and the central path up to the future slide area. Starting Aug. 6, the playground and grassy area behind Shelter 5 will be closed to the public. Shelter 5 itself will still be able to be utilized. Construction should be complete by the end of September.

NEW UTILITY BILLS

The Village of Granville utility bills mailed on July 27th have an incorrect balance due. Residents should disregard these statements. The Village mailed out corrected bills on Thursday. The corrected statement will be marked "CORRECTED STATEMENT". If you have questions about your utility bill, please call 740-587-0707.

FPUC PROGRAM

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted issued a statement after learning the judge denied the motion to reinstate the benefits provided under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. The statement read in part - “We are pleased with the decision. We have heard over and over again from employers who can’t find workers to fill open positions, and this policy helps both employers and workers.”

YOST JOINS LAWSUIT

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a coalition of 23 other states in a brief urging the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade because the Court is unable to explain the constitutional source of a right to abortion, or even a consistent legal standard for determining when it is violated by a state law. The brief was filed in a challenge to Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks.

OHSAA GUIDANCE

With practices for all fall sports beginning this Sunday, Aug. 1, and the season kicking off later that month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has sent updates and reminders to its 817 member high schools and 747 member 7th and 8th grade schools. The OHSAA and Ohio Department of Health urges the membership to continue to follow safe protocols to protect everyone, especially those individuals who are not fully vaccinated. There are currently no mandates regarding vaccinations and social distancing, and the only mandate on masks is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirement that masks be worn while using public transportation, which includes school buses.