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News Headlines for Thursday, August 5 2021


Zacharie Nelson the Newark man accused of killing a 50-year-old man was back in a Licking County courtroom Tuesday. Nelson, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of murder and two counts of felonious assault in the death of John Mason. He was immediately sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. According to court documents, Nelson stabbed Mason in the head with a screwdriver following an altercation last November at a home on North Cedar Street.


United Way of Licking County will start accepting applications Friday for the 2022 funding cycle. United Way invests local dollars to address issues in the areas of Behavioral Health; Children, Youth, & Families; and Poverty. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, September 3. Go to www.unitedwaylc.org for more information.


Catholic Social Services is looking for part-time drivers to transport Licking County senior citizens and veterans to non-emergency medical appointments. For more information contact Catholic Social Services at 740-345-2565.


School bells will soon ring, and Ohio county children services agencies are doing what they can to make the transition back to classrooms a little easier for vulnerable children. Sarah Newland, with Allen County Children Services, says fears remain about the spread of COVID, and parents’ financial circumstances may have changed.

Officials said the pandemic created additional instability for children in foster care, who may already be at an educational disadvantage.


The Weathervane Playhouse welcomed patrons back with Clue the Musical.

Theatre Manager Jeniffer Hankinson thanked the community for its support during the pandemic.


Cherry Valley Hotel will kickoff its new Summer Concert Series tonight featuring the band Rock this Way. Each Thursday in August from 6:30-9:30 pm folks can enjoy live music at the Gazebo overlooking the hotel's gardens. No need to bring chairs as the hotel will provide them for you. For more information visit the Cherry Valley Hotel and Ohio Event Center Facebook page.

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