Salt of the Earth

Local road salt supplies low, but adequate

LAKE AREA- Headed into winter, Ohio and its surrounding Midwest states learned that road salt would be scarce and very expensive this season. But, Lake Area residents shouldn’t worry, said ODOT District 5 spokeswoman Kate Stickle. “No, ODOT is not experiencing a shortage of salt this year,” she said. Having the unique ability to stockpile salt over the past year, […]

Licking Township to fill trustee vacancy

JACKSONTOWN – Registered voters living in Licking Township have until Saturday, Feb. 14 to toss their hat in the ring to fill the remaining 11 months of Joe Cooper’s term. About two years ago, Cooper and his wife started looking for land in Tennessee for a retirement home. After they bought land in mountainous Polk County, Cooper told fellow trustees […]

Trustee sees progress on fire contract with Hebron

HEBRON – Union Township Trustee Jesse Ours believes progress is being made on talks between the township and the Village of Hebron regarding fire protection. “If they’d keep the capital improvements in the township’s name, then no problem,” he said Monday night. Trustees and village officials are negotiating a contract renewal for the Hebron Fire Department to continue to provide […]

IRS has answers for ‘What if’ tax questions

CINCINNATI – What if I lose my job? Is my unemployment check taxable? Can I afford to take money out of my retirement account? These are just a few of the “What If” questions people are dealing with these days. The IRS recognizes that many people are going through difficult times financially. Often, there is a tax impact to events […]

New agriculture census released

REYNOLDSBURG – The 2007 Census of Agriculture counted 2,204,792 farms in the United States, according to results released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). Since the last census in 2002, the number of reported U.S. farms increased 4 percent. In Ohio the number of farms decreased by 2.5 percent to 75,861. “The Census of […]

Charges still being reviewed in cat poisoning case

NEWARK – An attorney representing the Licking County prosecutor’s office is determining if charges will be filed in a case involving poisoned Buckeye Lake cats. “We don’t have a witness, and that’s the problem,” said Licking County Animal Control Director Jon Luzio. He said Newark attorney Mark Gardner is reviewing the case on behalf of the prosecutor’s office. An Ohio […]

Insulation continues to smolder days after fire

HEBRON – Tuesday morning, large piles of insulation continued to smolder next to a warehouse on Arrowhead Drive, just east of the Buckeye Outdoors building. The fire began within the warehouse Jan. 29. No one was injured and there was no significant structural damage to the warehouse, but rolls of smoky insulation were pushed outside and allowed to burn themselves […]

Eight reasons to e-file your taxes

CINCINNATI – Here are the top eight reasons close to 90 million people filed their tax returns electronically in 2008: 1. It’s easy. You can usually file a state tax return at the same time you electronically file your fed 2. It’s accurate. No more human errors because e-file checks for math errors and necessary information. This not only increases […]

Lakewood senior gets appointment to West Point

HEBRON – It was quite a Christmas present. Lakewood senior Brian Wright was officially informed Christmas Eve he was appointed to the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. “I don’t want to be the generation to break the chain,” he said. His parents, Michael and Rhonda, are both Lieutenant Colonels in the military and Wright said the […]

Tips to protect your home from freezing weather

COLUMBUS – Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Groundhog Day, so legend says we have six more weeks of winter. Late winter often poses some of the harshest climate conditions of the season and homeowners need to be primed for sub-freezing temperatures. According to a recent Angie’s List (www. member poll, one-third of the respondents who live in cold weather […]