Best Damn Drum Major!

Lakewood alum is OSU's drum major

COLUMBUS- A former Lakewood High School Marching Band member feels blessed to have fulfilled a six-year dream at a young age. Josh Halter, son of Mike and Kim Halter of Licking Township, is the new Ohio State University marching band drum major. “It’s every drum major’s goal to be drum major for OSU,” he said. In most colleges and universities, […]

Election costs kill bid for athletic facilities bond levy



MILLERSPORT – Plans to place a $1 million bond issue on the August ballot to improve athletic facilities at Millersport High School have been derailed. Earlier this year, a community group asked school board members to place a bond levy on the August ballot. The group pledged to pay all the expenses for the special election and to promote the […]

Two zoning decisions prompt referendum petitions



MILLERSPORT – It took Walnut Township Trustees just a couple of minutes early Monday morning to rezone 289 acres owned by Licking FairfieldCorporation from Rural Residential to I-2 General Industrial. Larry Neeley, resident and the township’s representative on regional planning commission, managed to get his voice heard by making a brief statement before the meeting opened with the Pledge of […]

Cortez friend arrested



BUCKEYE LAKE- Noel Joyce, a Glenford resident and former business partner of John Cortez, was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon. Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said Joyce was located "at a relative’s house in Columbus." Joyce will have an arraignment hearing Monday morning, close to 8 a.m., said Thorp, at the Licking County Justice Center. Licking County detective Chris Slayman […]

Kirkersville Police Chief resigns



KIRKERSVILLE – The sheriff’s department will have to do in Kirkersville, at least for a while. Kirkersville Police Chief Robert Chamberlain resigned May 7, effectively shutting down the village police department until a replacement is found. Mayor Terry Ashcraft would not predict when that will be. “The sheriff will do fine,” he said. The village council cancelled its May 7 […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Bird Walk- Saturday, May 17, 8 – 10 a.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they help you search for and identify common and spring migratory birds by sight and sound in varied habitats. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck WildflowerWalk- Sunday, May […]

Appliance, tire recycling day set for May 17



NEWARK – Want to get rid of old appliances or tires? Bring up to Licking County Recycling and Litter Prevention’s Appliance and Tire Recycling Day on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Licking County Highway Garage at 775 E. Main St. You can bring washers/dryers, stoves, refrigerators/freezers, dishwashers, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, toast ovens/toasters, window air conditioners and […]

Millersport Alumni Banquet is May 24



MILLERSPORT – Millersport High School’s 82nd Alumni Banquet is set for Saturday, May 24. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. in the Walnut Township District Auditorium. A business meeting follows dinner. The cost is $15 per person. Checks should be made payable to Millersport Alumni Association. Please include your graduation year on the memo line. RSVP by May 19 to […]

Writer has questions for trustees on zoning decisions



Editor: I moved to Walnut Township 19 years ago for clean air, water and land due to a severe case of allergies and chemical sensitivity. Farmers only use chemicals once or twice a year. City dwellers constantly spray their lawns. Walnut Township’s three trustees are farmers. I thought they would support farmland preservation and be good stewards of the land. […]

Local elections can have a big impact on our lives



Editor: I have voted in every election since the age that I could legally do so. Prior to this last primary, my wife and I were talking about the candidates on the ballot. She didn’t know the candidates on her ballot, and I didn’t know a few on mine. We both used the Internet to check out the background and […]


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