New child restraint law goes into effect

COLUMBUS – Ohio’s roadways are about to become safer for children. Effective Oct. 7, children younger than 8, unless they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall, must use a booster seat. This new law – combined with existing law requiring children younger than 4 years and less than 40 pounds to use a child safety seat; and children […]

God’s living room’ opens Oct. 24 in Hebron

HEBRON – For years, Brian Harkness has envisioned a welcoming place where people could gather to have fun and build relationships with one another … “sort of God’s living room,” Harkness, pastor at New Life Community Church, says with a smile. It opens Oct. 24. The New Life Community Center at 130 W. Main Street occupies what used to be […]

ODNR Parks Chief Dan West retires

COLUMBUS – One of Ohio’s most dedicated advocates for opening access to the outdoors and connecting people with nature recently announced his retirement. Dan West, Chief of Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Recreation, has been Chief since 1997 and an ODNR employee for 32 years. “Dan West has been that rarest of managers,” said ODNR […]

Things to do…

Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Garden Stroll Series: Hawthorn Hill – Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. – noon. Free, no reservations required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck, Walk with a horticulturist through one of the most diverse collections on The Arboretum grounds and one of the best areas for beautiful fall colors. You’ll find […]

Lakewood College Night set for Oct. 28

HEBRON – Lakewood High School is sponsoring College Night on Wednesday, October 28th at7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Interested parents and students are encouraged to attend this meeting; although the information is geared towards juniors and seniors, all students are welcome. Perry Robinson, Director of Admissions and Vice President at Denison University, will present this program. He will […]

Candidates in their own words: Perry County

NEW LEXINGTON – The Beacon asked each candidate in lake-area contested races to respond to two question: 1. In 150 words or less, please explain what you believe are the two most important issues facing the office you are seeking and how you would address them if you were elected. 2. In 50 words or less, please explain why you […]


School bus drivers witness mock accident

ST. LOUISVILLE – The word "emergency" has new meaning for Lakewood High School freshman Makenzie Killworth. "I had an allergic reaction once, but nothing like this," she said. Killworth participated in a dramatic portrayal of a tragic collision between a train and a school bus, designed to raise awareness of railroad crossing safety. Ohio Operation Lifesaver presented the live docudrama […]

This is it for election letters!

This is our last week for letters about candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot. It has been The Beacon’s long-standing policy not to print election letters in the final issue before an election. Our policy was put in place to stop last minute ‘hit and run’ attacks. Letters will be accepted from candidates criticized by name in letters […]

Anonymous hate letter targets Jeff Chorpenning

Editor: Our good ole boy network in Bowling Green Township has reached a new low. Tuesday I found a stack of copies of a three-page anonymous smear letter in the Brownsville Post Office. Distribution of any political material in a post office is a federal violation. The contents are sickening. The hate letter targets Trustee Jeff Chorpenning, making wild accusations […]

More support for Walnut Township Schools renewal

Editor, There are great things happening at Walnut Township School District. We are moving forward in a positive direction. As a community we have the privilege of sharing in that success. Everywhere you turn you can see improvements: new roofs, heating/cooling systems, paved parking lots, new lockers, new carpeting, Smart Boards, new text books, improved test scores and the list […]

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