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Hebron hatchery prepares for the season

HEBRON – The numbers are staggering. The Hebron Fish Hatchery, the largest hatchery in the state, is gearing up to raise several million walleye, and hundreds of thousands of bluegill, channel cats, minnows, bass, and incubate nearly 30 million eggs to keep Ohio’s anglers busy yet another summer. “The numbers get boggling sometimes,” said hatchery supervisor Patrick Howard. He said […]

Low bidder on track to get water contract

BUCKEYE LAKE – There’s nothing like paperwork. Monday night, Buckeye Lake Village Council took several more steps toward preparing for construction of a village-wide public water distribution system and a water tower. Actual construction should begin late spring, but there are numerous legal and “housekeeping” issues that need to be done before work can begin. No contract is signed, but […]

Parking ban approved

MILLERSPORT – Council members, reluctantly but unanimously, approved an ordinance Tuesday night banning parking on both sides of Lancaster Street (Ohio 204) from Mill to Main streets. “I’m sure there are going to be some complaints, but it is a hazard,” Council President Dave Levacy said.. Fire Chief and substitute school bus driver Bill Yates said if vehicles are parked […]

Cold killed fish

HEBRON – Don’t panic! The collection of dead fish around Buckeye Lake is nothing sinister or even unusual, said Hebron Fish Hatchery Supervisor Patrick Howard. He said most of the dead fish littering the Buckeye Lake shoreline are shad that didn’t survive the winter. Their bodies were exposed when the ice melted and they have now drifted to shore. Howard […]

Cap’n Woody’s to open Saturday

COLUMBUS – Joseph P. Marasco, co-owner of Capt’n Woody’s Pub & Grub, will change his plea to guilty March 23. A federal grand jury indicted Marasco, 42 of Pataskala, and co-owner Robert Fusner, 33 of Grove City, July 16, alleging that they conspired to traffic in illegal drugs and launder the proceeds of the crime, according to a US Department […]

Next week is Flood Safety Awareness Week

COLUMBUS – Flooding, tornadoes and strong winds are natural hazards that ordinarily take place during the spring and summer months. But September’s remnants of Hurricane Ike, and January’s power outages and snow, ice and wind storms are recent reminders that Ohio’s weather is anything but ordinary. Flooding, alone, is a coast-tocoast threat to the United States, causing more damage that […]

Take precautions to avoid wildfires

COLUMBUS – Ohioans are urged to be aware of the state’s outdoor burning regulations and take necessary precautions if they are planning to burn debris, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry. Ohio law states that outdoor debris burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April, and May. Burning is limited […]

Nominations sought for farm conservation award

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s largest industry – agriculture – is also the largest land user in the state. Nearly 60 percent of Ohio’s land area is used for crop production and pasture. Not surprisingly, farming has a big impact on the state’s land, water, woodland and wildlife resources. The key to maintaining a balance between this important industry’s contribution to Ohio’s […]

Kirkersville Police Chief resigns

KIRKERSVILLE – It’s another changing of the guard at the Kirkersville Police Department. Police Chief Jim Petrey’s resignation was announced during the March 4 council meeting. Petrey’s letter of resignation simply stated, “It is with regret that I must tender my resignation as chief of police with the Village of Kirkersville effective March 2, 2009. I would like to express […]

Trustee gets litter clean-up grant for Bowling Green Township

BROWNSVILLE – For the second year in a row, Bowling Green Township has been awarded an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Litter Clean- Up grant. Trustee Jeff Chorpenning prepared the application for the grant. His request of $1,279.65 for “Plant Pride Not Litter” was totally funded. Chorpenning started the now annual program in 2006 by enlisting Pack 33 Cub Scouts, […]