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April 28 drug sweep won't be the last one for schools

Licking Heights Superintendent Philip Wagner said public forums to discuss student drug use might be necessary following a random sweep April 28 at Licking Heights High School, Central Middle School and Watkins Memorial High School.

Library plays to patrons with ukulele loans

The Licking County Library's guitar-lending program proved so popular, library officials now are offering ukulele rentals to card-holding patrons.

Johnson, Walter honored as Leaders for Learning

Licking Heights fifth-grade science and social studies teacher Shawn Walter is passionate about hands-on instruction in his classroom.
Police beat

Pataskala: Two indicted for aggravated robbery of Pataskala home

A 38-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were indicted April 29 by a Licking County grand jury on charges of aggravated robbery after a Pataskala woman reported being forced into her home at gunpoint a week earlier.

New Albany had to prove necessity of ZIP change

New Albany City Council on April 21 received an update on the May 16 effective date to consolidate the three ZIP codes in the International Personal Care and Beauty Campus to New Albany's 43054.

Sewer-line cleaning slated May 11-15

From May 11 to 15, a contractor crew will clean sewer lines on Oak Canyon Drive; Laurel Lane; Buckeye Boulevard; Hickory Drive; Hazelton-Etna Road, between Oak Canyon Drive and Broad Street; International Drive; and the north side of Blacks Road.

Few local issues will be decided on May 5 ballot

A Southwest Licking school district renewal levy is one of two tax issues some local voters will decide on the May 5 primary ballot.

Best egg-drop designs can be hard to crack

Central Ohio high school students scrambled to design a device to protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 22 feet April 24 at the John Gilbert Reese Center at the Ohio State University at Newark.

Mayor, chief honor officer who served as mentor to many

Mayor Mike Compton and police Chief Bruce Brooks honored recently retired part-time officer Robert Wheeler at the April 20 Pataskala City Council meeting.

City leaders want legal opinion on bumpy road

Pataskala's street committee on April 20 reviewed a report from a consulting engineer who found problems with the chip-and-seal surface work on McIntosh Road in 2012.
Police beat

Pataskala: Cars parked outside repair shop broken into, vandalized

The Pataskala Division of Police is investigating recent thefts from vehicles and vandalism to others.
Licking Heights

School board signs off on modular purchase, TIF deal

Licking Heights Central Middle School students will find six modular classrooms added to the building campus when they arrive back at school after summer vacation.

Barbershop chorus adds character to song

As a young girl, Paula Rink would make sure she found the best seat in the house at Newark's historic Midland Theatre, where she would watch her father perform.

Coming up

Granville Rotary, Taste of Granville, 5 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road in Granville. Proceeds will support the Granville Rotary's service projects. For information about tickets, visit or go to Rotary Taste of Granville on Facebook.

ZIP-code change irks affected neighbors

New Albany's petition to the U.S. Postal Service to consolidate the three ZIP codes in the city's International Personal Care and Beauty Campus to New Albany's 43054 had some unintended consequences, according to neighbors and city officials.

Sunny dispositions

The annual event, billed as the Beach Bash, was held at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark.

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