Out of the Woods

Expanded Backwoods Fest draws thousands

THORNVILLE – Thousands headed to the Backwood Fest off High Point Road last weekend. The Lauders enjoyed a great weekend to expand the popular festival to three days, adding Friday. The festival also physically expanded by extending Main Street deeper into the woods and looping back to Cemetery Road on a new Ditto Lane. Hungry or thirsty visitors could choose from […]

Lakewood sets public forum on Oct. 25



By Kim Garee HEBRON – The Lancer Pride Levy Committee has scheduled a public forum for Oct. 25 to get the word out in what Lakewood School Board President Tim- Spitzer called “an informational campaign” at the board’s recent business meeting. Spitzer, who also co-chairs the Lancer Pride Levy Committee with fellow board member Joe Bowman Jr., said the group […]

Fire levies don’t make ballot



THORNVILLE – Voters will not see three Thornville Fire Department levies on the November ballot because of a language error, said Thorn Township Trustee Tim Phipps. “It’s not going to break our backs or anything,” he said, but the township will have to wait until the March ballot to place the levies before voters. Phipps said the firedepartment tried to […]

Let’s get it done this time!



Watching fire department tankers from as far away as Granville shuttling water from Hebron’s water plant to a barn fire in Buckeye Lake last week was sobering. It visibly demonstrated the consequences of the village’s continued failure, now spanning nearly two decades, to provide public water to its residents and visitors. Thankfully, major structural fires are infrequent. But the effects […]

Report from the Village: Column debuts



We have received numerous requests and or complaints about the village not getting information out to the residents. To comply with those requests, we are starting a bimonthly column whereas we can inform the residents of things that have happened or are going to happen. First, we would like to thank Charlie Prince and The Beacon for agreeing to publish […]

Arson suspected in Buckeye Lake barn blaze



BUCKEYE LAKE- It would be hard to believe that a barn fireon Seymour Ave. Sept. 13 about 1:10 p.m. wasn’t arson, said Buckeye Lake Fire Prevention OfficerToby Miller. The burning barn, which may have been 100 years old, created a fireso big that nearly a dozen emergency vehicles from eight departments responded – including Buckeye Lake, Hebron, Millersport, Licking Township, […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Amazing Bulbs- Saturday, September 29, 8:30 – 11:30am, Bulbs aren’t just for spring- dare to dream beyond daffodils. Our display gardens manager will introduce you to a fantastic selection of plants- from exotic wonders like Persian Bells to the dainty charm of Greek windflowers.We’ll look at bulbs for all […]

Writer questions more water reports, studies



Editor: Am I correct that the village is back to conducting another study on the feasibility of a village owned and operated water well system? At the expense of repeating myself, wouldn’t it make a great deal more sense to inquire with those that have already been through the experience, and have similar numbers of potential paying customers, as to […]

Trustee gave fire contract to council member



Editor: I received the fire contract from the Walnut Township Trustees, specifically Trustee Sonny Dupler. At no time was I told that I was to give the contract to the mayor, village council or fiscal officer. I simply thought it was my copy of the contract, since I am not a member of our village Safety Committee nor was I […]

Election Letters

Just five issues left

Your letters about lake-area candidates and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot are welcome. However, due to the volume of letters we expect to receive, we will begin strictly enforcing our normally suggested 250-word limit for election letters next week. Election letters longer than 250 words WILL BE CUT. Letters must be original. Those addressed or copied to other publications […]


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