What a Difference a Week Makes

LAKE AREA- It’s one of those unwritten laws of journalism that as soon as a paper publishes a cover about how uncannily warm it is for January-as we did last week-the next week will plunge into a deep freeze. Well, this week’s no exception, as Dan Hibbler, custodian of the Thornville Methodist Church, knows. He was shoveling snow Tuesday afternoon, […]

Buckeye Lake looking at possible tree policy

BUCKEYE LAKE- The Buckeye Lake Village Council won’t be stumped. Tree issues dominated council’s agenda Monday night, including discussion of a village tree policy to determine who is responsible for overhanging and loose branches, and the like. Buckeye Lake Planning Commission member Clayton Carroll told council that Lisa Bowers, ODNR Regional Urban Forester, gave a presentation to the planning commission. […]

Is a police district the answer for Thorn Township?

THORNVILLE- A frightening incident in Thornville last week may illustrate the need for increased police protection. About 11:30 p.m. January 8, according to incident reports from the Licking County and Perry Councy Sheriff’s offices,officers were requested for an active domestic dispute on Columbus Street. Officers were advised that a man with a handgun was chasing a woman east on Columbus […]

Cortez: Still on the run, but not forgotten

BUCKEYE LAKE – Former Buckeye Lake Council member John Cortez has now been on the run for six weeks. Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp called Cortez a “fugitive from justice” at a Dec. 4 news conference. Cortez was indicted Nov. 29 on a total of 24 felony counts, including 23 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with three minors and one […]

Monument saved

BUCKEYE LAKE – Clint and Tami Harris’ cemetery monument will continue to mark their graves in Harrison Township’s York Street Cemetery. The black granite representation of Clint’s FXRP Harley Davidson “Agent Orange” motorcycle should be there forever. Thanks to Gary Webb’s tireless efforts and the generosity of the Harris’ friends, the $1,764.07 due Balconi Monuments of Sandusky, Ohio has been […]

Second chance to apply for property tax reduction

COLUMBUS – Following an overwhelming response from newly-eligible seniors and disabled Ohioans who enrolled in Ohio’s expanded Homestead Tax Exemption program, Senator Tim Schaffer is encouraging eligible constituents who didn’t sign up in 2007 to take advantage of a new enrollment period, which began on January 8th and runs through June 2nd. He noted that more than 19,400 newly eligible […]

Fire/EMS costs increasing for Union Township

HEBRON- Union Township may be looking at paying $1,000 per emergency service run in the northern part of the township. During the Jan. 21 trustees’ meeting, Trustee Jack Justice intends to recommend that the township pay the Granville Township Fire Department, which provides emergency service to areas of Union Township north of the CSX Railroad line, $50,000 per year for […]

Roshon hearing postponed

BALTIMORE- A room full of people at the Liberty Township Hall learned Tuesday night that they’ll have to wait a month before learning whether the Liberty Township Board of Zoning Appeals grants an extension to the Roshon Estates-a proposed 100-acre development slated for construction near the intersection of Stoudertown Road and Heimberger Lane. The hearing was postponed to Feb. 12, […]

Tips on how to stay safe on ice

COLUMBUS – Cold temperatures have left waterways ice covered across the state, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft urges outdoor enthusiasts who venture onto frozen lakes and ponds for fishing, skating and other activities to do so with extreme caution. Ohio’s changeable weather and the speed at which ice can melt and shift, guarantees that […]

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time

ZANESVILLE – It’s time for Girl Scouts – Heart of Ohio’s annual Cookie Sale. Every year, thousands of girls across the area gain valuable knowledge while providing the community with a special treat – Girl Scout cookies. This year will be no exception. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important part of Girl Scouting’s Business and Economic Literacy initiative […]