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News Headlines for Monday, May 27

MEMORIAL DAY

This is Memorial Day and KOOL 101.7/Buckeye Country 107.7 reminds residents to take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.  

WATKINS IN STATE SEMIFINAL

For the fourth year in a row the Watkins Memorial softball team has advanced to the Division I state semifinal. The Warriors (30-1) will face Anthony Wayne (29-1) Friday, May 31 at 5:30pm at historic Firestone Stadium in Akron.  You can hear the game on Buckeye Country 107.7 beginning with the pregame at 5:15pm.

GROVEPORT MAN FACES CHARGES

A Licking County grand jury has indicted a 28-year-old Groveport man accused of attacking another person. Daniel Lewis faces one count each of assault and harassment with a bodily substance following his arrest earlier this month. Lewis is being held on $50,000 bond. He's due back in court next tomorrow.

ODOT SAFETY PROJECTS

Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $87 million for 28 roadway safety projects in 22 counties, with the majority of the projects focused on improving dangerous intersections.  The city of Pataskala is receiving almost $2.3 million for turn lanes and signal improvements at the Broad Street and Taylor Road intersection. The work is scheduled for 2028.

ROAD CLOSURE

The Newark Engineer's Office has announced that Cedar Run Road east of Horns Hill Road will close Tuesday and will remain closed until early August for construction of a roundabout at Horns Hill Road at Waterworks Road. A temporary roadway will be constructed for traffic on Waterworks Road to access Horns Hill Road.

DRUG BUST

14 people – some of whom are already in prison - were arrested following a years long drug investigation. According to the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect were indicted on a variety of charges in connection with a drug ring operated out of the Ohio prison system. Officials said current inmates collaborated with their girlfriends and family members to smuggle drugs into Ohio prisons and launder the proceeds. The suspects range in age from 25-54 years old.

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