Spring has Sprung

It's finally here!

JACKSONTOWN – Is it just us, or does it seem like spring wasn’t in any hurry to appear this year? Well, it’s just us, said Greg Payton, plant records specialist for the Dawes Arboretum. “It’s not late, we’re still early in the year,” he said. Payton said people might feel like spring was late this year because plants bloomed so […]

Plans in place to deal with I-70 closures



HEBRON – Local authorities should be well prepared if floodwaters or a major accident forces I-70 to close at the Ohio 79 interchange. Licking County Emergency Management Director Jeff Walker said his office is conducting monthly tests of the telephone notification system that tells authorities and those who request notification, such as the Lakewood School District, when a flood or […]

Hebron snares stimulus money for road projects



HEBRON – Two of the three Licking County transportation projects receiving federal stimulus money are in Hebron and Union Township. Hebron Village Administrator Mike McFarland said Hebron will receive $450,000 to resurface North High Street and $100,000 will be spent to resurface the railroad crossing on Ohio 79 north of O’Neill Drive just outside of Hebron in Union Township. The […]

Bog guide training set



BUCKEYE LAKE – Training for volunteer bog guides and Queen of the Lake crew members is set for April 7 -8. The sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the museum at 4729 Walnut road, next to the Buckeye Lake Post Office. The guides will learn about the history and unique plant life on the limited access state preserve. The museum […]

Should Buckeye Lake rename some streets?



BUCKEYE LAKE – Which 4th Street is which? And, where the heck is North Bend Road? Buckeye Lake Village Council member Drew Bourne, during the March 23 council meeting, asked council if it would be wise to change some of the village’s street names because some, like 6th Street and 6th Avenue, are similar or duplicated, such as several sections […]

Walk MS volunteers sought



NEWARK – Take the first step toward a world free of multiple sclerosis by joining the National Multiple Society’s 2009 Walk MS. The Newark Walk MS will be Saturday, April 18, with an 8:00 a.m. check-in at The Dawes Arboretum for the three-mile trek. Each Ohio walker raises an average $225 toward much-needed support for more than 18,000 Ohioans living […]

Second defendant pleads guilty



AVONDALE – A Capt’n Woody’s co-owner pleads guilty. Joseph Marasco, 42, of Pataskala, pleaded guilty in United States District Court Wednesday to one count of willfully filing a fraudulent 2002 federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service and to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. Marasco faces […]

BLACA sets spring meeting for April 15



BUCKEYE LAKE – The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association will hold its annual spring meeting onWednesday, April 15, at the Buckeye Lake Eagles [Ohio 79 and Canal Road). Social Hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the business meeting at 8 p.m. Special guest speakers will be Julie Gwinn and Kate Stickle from the Ohio […]

Ohio home sales activity continued to decline in February



COLUMBUS – Ohio home sales activity continued to slide in February, as anxious buyers remained on the sideline due to the economic downturn affecting the country, reports the Ohio Association of REALTORS ®. “It’s become apparent that the difficult economic conditions are having an adverse affect on the housing market in Ohio and throughout the nation,” said OAR President Jonathan […]

Lions Clubs work together to send band to Rose Bowl



MILLERSPORT – The Lions Club Foundation, including the Millersport Lions Club is raising $80,000 to send the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band to march in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Millersport Lion Rondia Sexton said the more than 460 Lions Clubs within the foundation each need to raise about $200 each by June […]


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