A Look Back



LAKE AREA – For many of us, 2008 can’t fade into history fast enough, thanks to the effects of a souring economy – rising unemployment, falling home prices, a breathtaking stock market plunge etc. For others, it will be a year long remembered as the Lakewood Lady Lancers won the Division III State Softball Championship in June and the Liberty […]

Millersport concedes to maintain fire services



LANCASTER – Walnut Township Trustees and the Village of Millersport reached a last minute “agreement in principal” Tuesday in their dispute about their contract for fire/EMS services in 2009. The agreement was announced in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court Judge Chris Martin’s courtroom. A hearing was set for 11 a.m. on the Village of Millersport’s request for a Preliminary Injunction […]

Lake isn’t low – just normal



MILLERSPORT – Buckeye Lake is not low, it’s just down to where it’s supposed to be, for a change, said Buckeye Lake State Park Manager Tim Waln. Several residents have recently commented that the lake’s water level seems significantly lower than past winters and continues to drain. “The lake is at normal winter pool,” Waln said before the Christmas week […]

Waln promoted



COLUMBUS – Buckeye Lake State Park Manager Tim Waln has been promoted to park manager at Deer Creek State Park in Pickaway County, south of Columbus. ODNR’s website describes Deer Creek as “central Ohio’s vacation showplace. A collage of meadows and woodlands surround the scenic reservoir. This resort park features a modern lodge, cottages, campground, golf course, swimming beach and […]

Looking back at 2008



Liberty Union approves bond issue 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 […]

More to Look Back on



The Works offers special programs for alternative schooling community



NEWARK – To help meet the educational needs of the alternative schooling community, The Works in downtown Newark is offering its “Art and Science Academy” programming through April, 2009. The Art and Science Academy consists of monthly sessions held on the second Friday of every month, January through April. The only exception is the April session, which will be held […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Wonderful World of Wiggly Worms Series- Saturday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Come along and find out about our planet’s friends—the mighty earthworms! We’ll use our worm bin to explore the worm’s habitat, behavior, needs and place in our lives. There will be plenty of worm information […]

Popular winter hike is set for Jan. 17



HOCKING HILLS – Hocking Hills State Park is famous for its brilliant autumn colors and is gaining notoriety for its equally exquisite winter landscape. Hikers and nature lovers will enjoy the park’s rugged beauty during the 44th Annual Winter Hike on January 17, 2009. Hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts and their families will bundle up, rain or shine (or snow), to […]

Tips to save money on winter heating costs



COLUMBUS – Saving money on winter heating costs is always desirable, but may especially be important this season as homeowners continue to struggle through an economic recession. Whether one owns a home in metro Columbus or maintains a farm in rural Ohio, finding ways to save a few dollars while keeping your family warm may be a good investment, and […]


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