No one doubts what season it is

LAKE AREA- The entire Lake Area seemed to freeze solid like a photograph Jan. 14 as temperatures plummeted to sub-zero. Still, some local school children braved the cold to play outside and enjoy a snow day home from school. Temperatures will make it above freezing as we head into this weekend, but the snow and cold temperatures are back next […]

Wise appointed to fill council vacancy

MILLERSPORT – Council members quickly and unanimously filed a vacancy Tuesday night. Late last year council member Paul Detty submitted his resignation effective January 13. He cited a recurring health problem. He was appointed in late 2007 when council member Sandy Lines resigned to accept a position with the village. It was too late to remove her name from the […]

Help with heating bills

BUCKEYE LAKE – LEADS Community Action Agency now has funds available to assist income eligible households with their heating bills. Households must be in a disconnect status with their gas or electric bill, or at ten days or less on bulk fuel supply. For income guidelines and further information, contact the Buckeye Lake LEADS Center at 928-4481.

Union Township looking at options to Hebron Fire

HEBRON – Union Township Trustees are hopeful they can still reach an agreement with the Hebron Village Council and the Hebron Fire Department, but they are preparing for “Plan B” in case their problems can’t be resolved. The alternative plan is to meet with the mayors of Heath and Buckeye Lake, and possibly contract for services with one of their […]

Ice can be deadly

COLUMBUS – Ohioans are reminded to use extreme caution during winter while venturing onto frozen waterways and to be prepared to handle an emergency should someone fall through the ice, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The advisory follows the recent tragic deaths of three men who died in separate incidents while snowmobiling and ice boating on […]

Perry County reconsidering planning commission

NEW LEXINGTON – Does Perry County need a planning commission? Perry County Commissioner Lonnie Wood said Jan. 16 that Perry County’s planning commission was disbanded nearly a decade ago when the commissioners who were in office at the time determined the planning commission members were being inflexible toward applicants. Wood said it might be time to reform a county planning […]

IRS Tax Tips: What tax records to keep

CINCINNATI – You probably already keep records in your daily routine. This includes keeping receipts for purchases and recording information in your checkbook. Keeping these and other records will help you avoid headaches at tax time. Good recordkeeping will help you remember the various transactions you made during the year, which in turn may make filing your return a less […]

Ohio’s top 10 liquor brands in 2008

COLUMBUS – Ohio Director of Commerce Kimberly Zurz recently announced that dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level of $719.2 million in 2008. The 2008 dollar sales exceeded last year’s total by $32.6 million or 4.75 percent. Zurz said increased dollar sales combined with efficient management by the Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control, resulted in a […]

Last year tough for Ohio soybean growers

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s 2008 soybean crop was one of the worst for growers in several years, with yields falling below 40 bushels per acre for the first time since 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture November Crop Production Report, soybean yields tapped out at 36 bushels per acre, nine bushels lower than in 2007 and the worst production […]

IRS Tips: Identity theft information

CINCINNATI – Here are 10 things the IRS wants you to know about identity theft. 1. If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS which leads you to believe someone may have fraudulently used your Social Security Number, respond immediately to the name and address or phone number printed on the IRS notice. 2. If you receive a […]