Monday, May 20

NEWARK MAN FACES CHARGES

A 26-year-old Newark man accused of assault has been indicted. Kylen Smith faces multiple charges including one count each of domestic violence and strangulation in connection with an alleged incident earlier this month. Smith is being held on $100,000 bond.

BOWL FOR KIDS

Saturday's Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties Bowl for Kids fundraiser at Park Lanes in Heath was a success.

Executive Director John Wilson said all proceeds from Saturday's event stay in the community to help provide mentors and programs to children in need.

OHIO 315 RAMP IS CLOSED

ODOT is reminding motorists that the ramp from Ohio 315 southbound to Interstate 70 eastbound is now closed and will remain closed for at least the next four to five years. The closure is part of the larger overhaul of Interstates 70/71.

GRADUATING SENIORS WILL DO JUST FINE

The school season is coming to a close and high school seniors will start finding their way in the world. Newark High School Guidance Counselor Scott Koebel feels they will do just fine.

Koebel is wrapping up his 17th year at Newark High School.

PEOPLE LOVE TO GAMBLE

U.S. commercial gaming revenue reached a quarterly record of $17.6 billion in the first quarter of 2024, the industry's 13th consecutive quarter of growth, according to the American Gaming Association. Last year, Ohioans wagered over $3.3 billion dollars a jump of 42 percent as compared to 2022.

H2OHIO GRANTS

The state is making $2.2 million in H2Ohio grants available tor more than 250 communities in 78 counties to help pay for equipment needed to maintain public drinking water distribution systems. In Licking County, six communities will share in over $45,000 in H2Ohio grants.

 

 

 

 

This is memorial day and buckeye country 107.7 reminds residents to take a moment to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

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 harrasment with a bodily substance following his arrest earlier this month. Lewis is being held on fifty thousand dollars bond. He's due back in court next Tuesday.

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ROAD MONEY

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Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded nearly 87 million dollars 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 dollars for turn lanes and signal improvements at the Broad Street and Taylor Road intersection. The work is scheduled for 2028

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ROAD CLOSURE

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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

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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.

Report: Ohio ranks 17th in U.S. for solar power installations

Ohio now has enough solar power capacity to supply nearly 300,000 homes, with over 19,000 installations across the state. A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association says the nation has topped 5 million solar installations, and ranks Ohio 17th among states for its number of installations. Comments from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association.

Ohio homes and businesses have installed enough solar energy to power nearly 300-thousand homes each year. Abigail Hopper, president and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association...

Hopper 1...solar

Ohio ranks 17th in U.S. for solar power installations

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A new report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association says more than half of all solar installations in the United States have come online since 2020, with over 25-percent installed since the Inflation Reduction Act passed, almost two years ago. Abigail Hopper, president and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association...

hopper 2...million

According to Hopper Ohio 17th among states for its number of solar power installations.

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more and more ohio businesses and homes are turning to solar power to help defray some of the cost

of their electric bills. Abigail Hopper, president and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association...

hopper 3...money

Hopper adds that the solar industry supports the careers of about 17-hundred Ohioans and has invested just over three-billion dollars into the state’s economy.

 

DRUGGIE 2

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A 57-year-old Newark man with a prior drug conviction has been arrested on drug charges. Marshall Hottinger is being held on a single charge of possession of meth but other charges could be forthcoming. Hottinger's bond was set at one hundred thousand dollars.

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Jobless

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For a second consecutive week ohio saw a light drop in the amount of initial jobless claims. Last week, ohioans filed a little less than 5,200 new unemployment claims and that was about five hundred fewer than the previous week, according to the ohio department of job and family services.

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ROAD NAME

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The Ohio Senate has passed Senate Bill 114 to name a portion of U.S. Route 33 in Fairfield County as the Lance Corporal James F. Kimple Memorial Highway. Lance Corporal Kimple was born in Logan and raised in Carroll. He graduated from Bloom-Carroll High School in 2005 and served in the Marine Corps. He was killed in action in Iraq in May 2008. The legislation, which is sponsored by State Senator Tim Schaffer, now goes to the Ohio House for consideration.