- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

UTICA, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio community canceled Friday classes and postponed a beloved annual festival next week amid an investigation into threatening letters that were sent to the school district and targeted interracial couples.

Utica (YOOT’-ih-kuh) High School already had canceled its Homecoming bonfire, football game and Saturday night dance after the letters threatening violence were received at the school and the district offices earlier this week. The school in Licking County, northeast of Columbus, then decided to cancel Friday classes.

And organizers of next week’s Utica Homecoming Fall Festival, one of the community’s largest events of the year, postponed it as a precaution.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp says the letters specifically targeted interracial couples who would be attending Utica’s homecoming activities.

The events will be rescheduled.

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