Chow Line: How to keep food safe outdoors

COLUMBUS – Last year, I got sick after a family picnic. How can we prevent food-borne illness this year? Food safety is more important in summer because microorganisms love heat. When you’re cooking and eating meals outdoors and the weather warms up, take some special precautions. First, remember the No. 1 food safety rule: “Keep hot foods hot and cold […]

Tips for safe grilling

COLUMBUS – As Ohioans prepare for barbecues and backyard grilling this summer, State Fire Marshal Michael P. Bell urges families across the state to take safety precautions when using their grills. Last year in Ohio, 103 fires resulted from the use of a gas or charcoal grill. Six people, including one firefighter,were injured as a result of those blazes. According […]

Guest Column: Play attention to firewood

COLUMBUS – Summer is fast approaching and many Ohioans are preparing their camping checklist in anticipation. Marshmallows, sunscreen, and a cooler of ice all top the list of things not to forget. But one thing missing from this year’s list: firewood, and in its place, a note to buy wood close to your destination. While it seems harmless to throw […]

Hot Rod Reunion is new chapter in NTR history

HEBRON – When National Trail Raceway (NTR) opened July 4, 1964, it was the culmination of a dream to bring top quality drag racing to Central Ohio. Now, that dream comes full circle as the 5th annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by SoffSeal moves to NTR, June 15- 17 to celebrate hot rod heritage in the heartland […]

Licking County has 36 miles of bike trails

NEWARK – Did you know that there are over 36 miles of trails in Licking County? That’s right! The T.J. Evans Recreational Trail System is enjoyed by over 250,000 visitors each year. User groups have hosted bike races, hiking marathons, rollerblade rallies and more. It’s more than a bike trail; it is a multipurpose recreational trail! The 36 miles of […]

Things to do…

Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. 27th Ohio Regional Bonsai Show- Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10. Saturday, noon – 7pm and Sunday, 11am – 5pm. Experience the art of bonsai at the 27th annual Ohio Regional Bonsai Show. Free demonstrations will be on going throughout the weekend. Vendors will be on the Visitors […]

Writer responds to concerns about parade route


I normally don’t get involved in the sometimes mean-spirited, hateful letters that pass back and forth through The Beacon, but I believe I must respond to the recent letter from Tom and Belva Wiseman. First, I want to make it clear that these are my personal thoughts and opinions and may not reflectthose of my fellow board members. The Board […]

Writer surprised by gun sales at yard sales


I was enjoying myself Saturday dropping in on all the National Road yard sales and happened to turn onto Chowning Street. As I drove up the street toward the sale, I saw a man holding a gun and looking through the barrel which was pointing toward traffic. Needless to say, I did not stop at that yard sale. My first […]

Help is available for summer cooling, electric bills


Each year, many consumers suffer through the hot summer without air conditioning and many even struggle to pay their monthly electric bill. But there is a program that offers assistance to income eligible households and may provide consumers with an air conditioner, if they have not received one through this program in the past three years, or up to $175 […]

Writer says The Beacon can’t be blamed for levy defeats


Hooray for Brenda Hileman and Tory Wolfe for telling it the way it is. No one can blame The Beacon or any other paper for failure to pass levies. I am sure there are many of us who would believe Charlie Prince quicker than they would believe Mayor Frank Foster or Village Council. The subject of water is getting to […]

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