Friday, October 22

NEWARK MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES

A 28-year-old Newark man with a previous drug conviction is once again facing drug charges. Joe Marple is being held at the Licking County Justice Center on a charge of aggravated trafficking in meth. Marple's bond has been set at $75,000. His case will next be heard by a grand jury for possible indictment.

JOHNSTOWN IS NOW A CITY

You can longer call Johnstown a village. As of Thursday morning Johnstown is now known as a city because its population exceeds 5,000. In 2000 the city had over 3,400 residents. The recent census showed that number has grown to more than 5,100. Johnstown was founded in 1813.

NEW LICENSE PLATE

Ohioans will soon have a new license plate they can display on their vehicles. Thursday, Governor DeWine, and First Lady Fran DeWine, unveiled Ohio's next generation of standard license plates. The Sunrise in Ohio license plate pays tribute to a number of items including Ohio's majestic waterways and rolling landscape and the state' s history as the Birthplace of Aviation. The license plates will become the standard starting Dec. 29.

U.S. 62 FACELIFT

Construction is underway on a major project that will transform a key portion of US 62 in New Albany. The first phase of the project will include the installation of a traffic signal near the Plain Township Fire Department, the addition of protected bike lanes along both sides of US 62, the construction of separated leisure trails along both side of US 62, and more.

DEATH-PENALTY

Ohioans across religious traditions have come together as one to speak out against capital punishment. Reverend Jack Sullivan Jr. with the Ohio Council of Churches says there's strong bipartisan support behind Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 183, which would abolish it.

Oct. 19 marked 40 years since Ohio enacted its current death-penalty statute.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

High school football rolls on tonight as Licking Heights takes on Licking Valley in Hanover. It may be a down year for the Panthers, but Hornets coach Kelen Waaland knows it won't be easy.

Kickoff comes your way at 7:00 pm on Buckeye Country 107.7, 790 WHTH, KOOL 101.7 FM HD 2 and online.