Busy Ballots

Lake area enjoys strong voter turnout

Surprising Perry County primary NEW LEXINGTON- Who says no one votes during primary elections? Nearly half of Perry County’s registered voters braved rains and floods Tuesday night to cast their ballots. The primary’s unofficial results held some surprises. Republican Perry County Commissioner candidate Lloyd E. Harley defeated two-term incumbent Thad Cooperrider 1,849 votes to 1,657. In November, Harley will run […]

Lakewood levy renewed

  NEWARK- weather didn’t hold down the turnout for Tuesday’s primary election. Just over half of Licking County’s registered voters made it to the polls. An anticipated battle between former six-term sheriff Gerry Billy and his hand-picked successor Randy Thorp failed to materialize. Thorp trounced his former boss by 16,380 to 4,662 margin. Ken Oswalt will keep his position as […]

Liberty Union approves bond issue.

LANCASTER – Liberty Union-Thurston School District voters decided by a 1,501 to 1,206 vote that updating the district’s buildings at 60 percent off made sense. Voters had one year to approve a 2.8 million bond issue to pay for the balance of the district’s 40 percent share for an expanded and renovated elementary school, a new middle school and a […]

Basil Fire District considering EMS billing

BALTIMORE – The Basil Joint Fire District is currently researching the possibility of starting a revenue recovery program through EMS Billing. Two public information session have been set: Thursday, March 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. Both information sessions will be held at Station 610, 410 Washington Street, Baltimore These […]

Perry County sewer system finally ready for customers

THORNVILLE- Flushed with success, Perry County Commissioners announced Feb. 28 that the new Fireman’s Park/Holiday Harbor sewer project is ready for customers. “We’re about ready to start hooking up homes,” said Commissioner Thad Cooperrider to a crowd at the Thornville Elementary School, who attended the Thursday evening special commissioners meeting. Cooperrider said that construction is “basically done” on the $4,085,792 […]

Breakfast set to raise funds to replace Sweet Corn Festival booth, equipment

MILLERSPORT – The Millersport Lions Club and the Buckeye Lake Youth Association are sponsoring a roaring good breakfast Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Millersport Lions Clubhouse. Proceeds from the waffle breakfast will go toward replacing kitchen equipment destroyed from the Buckeye Lake Youth Association’s unique Waffle House stand at the Sweet Corn Festival fairgrounds in Millersport. […]

Park District extends bike path patrols

NEWARK – The Licking Park District announces a recent agreement with the City of Newark to extend the District’s daily safety patrols on to the City’s bike trails. After discussions with Mayor Bob Diebold, the Park District agreed to provide this high visibility patrolling on a six month trial period beginning immediately at no cost to the City. The District […]

ODNR seeking input on fishing regulations

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites anglers to provide input regarding fishing regulations for Ohio’s public inland lakes and reservoirs by visiting ohiodnr. com/creel on the Internet. The online angler survey solicits opinions on length and creel (daily harvest) limits for several species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and saugeye. “This […]

No bail for Cortez

NEWARK- It was bitter homecoming for former Buckeye Lake Village Council member John Cortez. He was arraigned Feb. 28 on one of the 25 counts against him and he will learn March 10, 8:30 a.m. if he will be held without bond on the remaining counts. Cortez is charged with 23 counts of unlawful sexual relations with a minor, one […]

OSU star comes to Millersport

MILLERSPORT – Former Buckeye defensive tackle, Joel Penton, will be making a stop in Millersport on Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. to address the community at Millersport High School. He will be joined by musician and performer Ryan Holliday. The two have been traveling all across Ohio on their year-long “Stand Your Ground” tour. A 2006 graduate of OSU, […]