Same Old Story

Heavy rain floods Buckeye Lake area, closes I-70

Story & Photos by Scott Rawdon & Charles Prince   LAKE AREA – Friday, June 27 was a bad day for motorists and local businesses. Floodwaters closed I-70, backing up traffic for miles either side of the Ohio 79 overpass. Torrential summer rains started early Thursday morning. The Buckeye Lake storm gage reported about 3.4 inches of rain with most […]

New principal named for Millersport High School



MILLERSPORT – Charles Leedle will be the new principal at Millersport Junior High/High School. The Sunbury resident was the unanimous choice of a 12- person selection committee that included board members, administrators, teachers, staff and community members. Board members unanimously approved a three-year contract with Leedle Monday night. He has been the principal of the new Licking Heights Central Middle […]

Protests could keep zoning issues off November ballot



LANCASTER – Two Walnut Township zoning referendum petitions have met the signature requirement according to the Fairfield County Board of Elections. Each petition had the required 158 valid signatures. But both must pass another hurdle before they make it on the November ballot. Walnut Township Trustees unanimously approved the township’s first I-2 district on May 6 for an approximately 66 […]

Mount Carmel welcomes new pastor



COLUMBUS – Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Buckeye Lake, will welcome Father William J. Ferguson as pastor, effective July 8, 2008. He succeeds Monsignor Frank J. Meagher, who is retiring. Previously, Fr. Ferguson was associate pastor of St. Mary Church, Marion, Ohio. A native of Utica, New York, Fr. Ferguson earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, Clinton, […]

Buckeye Lake making progress on water



BUCKEYE LAKE – Construction of Buckeye Lake’s public water distribution system probably won’t begin until next spring, but things are happening quickly behind the scenes according to Buckeye Lake Director of Development Valerie Hans. Right now, the village is organizing the project’s financing – securing loans and applying for grants – as it prepares to purchase bulk water from Millersport. […]

New Hunts Landing bridge construction is on hold



BUCKEYE LAKE – A new bridge slated for Hunts Landing Road has all its required permits, but construction won’t happen soon. Landings at Maple Bay Project Manager Bill O’Malley said the bridge is on hold until existing utilities are moved from the building site and a temporary road is built to maintain traffic during construction. He didn’t know how long […]

Help with electric bills available for seniors



NEWARK – LEADS Community Action Agency now has funds available to assist income eligible senior citizens with their electric bills. Call the Buckeye Lake LEADS Center at 928- 4481 to make an appointment and get further information regarding assistance.

Renosol settles with Ohio EPA



COLUMBUS – Renosol Corporation has agreed to pay $34,680 to Ohio EPA for not adhering to Ohio’s air pollution control regulations at its Hebron facility between 1999 and 2007. The Saline, Michigan, company manufactures polyurethane seating, head rests, armrests and console cushions for the automotive industry. The Hebron facility uses two storage tanks of toluene diisocyanate (TDI), which is a […]

Day of Caring

Lake Area hosts United Way volunteers

LICKING COUNTY – More than 350 United Way volunteers took time Friday, June 27, to work in their communities as part of Licking County United Way’s 14th Annual Day of Caring. The volunteers completed projects in Buckeye Lake, Kirkersville, Newark, Pataskala, and Utica. “This year’s event was awesome,” said Donna L. Carpenter, executive director of the Licking County United Way. […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Pruning Conifers- Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. – noon. Take a ride to the Conifer Glen for some outdoor work! This will be a very hands-on class featuring proper methods of pruning different conifers in the landscape. $15/$10 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center. Night Hike- Friday, […]


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