Issue 1 payments about a year away

COLUMBUS – Voters overwhelmingly approved State Issue 1 on Tuesday. Veterans are expected to start calling county veterans service offices about how to apply for the bonus. The following information is from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. First, the application process has yet to be developed and nobody can predict how much time will pass between voter approval and […]

First Community Church is starting point for special Christmas gifts

BUCKEYE LAKE – It’s doubtful that nearly 100 Christmas gifts will ever be beneath a tree, but they’ll be extremely appreciated just the same. Recently members of the First Community Church’s Joy Bible Class assembled 100 Christmas gift boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. The gift boxes, which contain toys and hygiene products, are bound for poverty, […]

You can do it all in Girl Scouting

COLUMBUS – Are you interested in making new friends, learning a sport, sampling the arts, preparing for a career, or pitching a tent? Do you dream of becoming a writer, mastering the latest dance craze, traveling on exciting adventures, or creating a robot? In Girl Scouting, you can do it all! Girls in grades K – 12 can discover a […]

County records first HINI death

NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department announced that the first Licking County resident has died as a result of the H1N1 virus. The Ohio Department of Health conducted laboratory testing which confirmed that the individual had the virus. “It is with great sadness that the health department announces the first death associated with the H1N1 virus in Licking County.” […]

Things to do…


Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Evergreen Identification- Saturday Nov. 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., meet at the Auditorium, $12/$10 members. Conifers are a diverse and colorful group of plants. Being able to distinguish and identify different species is highly rewarding and can also be quite fun. Let Dawes Conifer Curator Jeff Bowman take you […]

Lighten up: My digital addiction

I think I have a problem. Alcohol, you ask? Smoking the crack-pipe? Partaking in those West Virginia slot machines, you wonder? No, nope – and only occasionally. About the only thing that‘s ‘smoking’ around here is my laptop, after I’ve had it ‘cracked’ open for hours, logged on to my latest addiction, Facebook. Or, as I now call it, Crackbook. […]

Heating help available

NEWARK – LEADS Community Action Agency Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (E-HEAP) also, known as the Winter Crisis Program has funds available to assist income eligible households with their gas and electric bills, household must be in a disconnect off status. Assistance is also available for bulk fuel, i.e., propane, fuel oil, wood, kerosene or coal, if you have a […]

Election results mixed in lake area races

Perry County voters elect familiar faces

NEW LEXI Everyone elected to Thornville and Thorn Township positions were either incumbents or had served their communities in other capacities. According to Tuesday night’s unofficial election results, Thorn Township Trustee Rick Wilson was reelected and township Zoning Inspector Dale Factor won a trustee seat. Wilson received 685 votes and Factor earned 413, followed by trustee candidates Marci McCaulay with […]

Some old, some new in Fairfield County

LANCASTER – Liberty Township voters turned back the pages of time and elected 20- year veteran Trustee Dave Keller back to office after he was voted out four years ago. Trusteeelect Randy Kemmerer won the second open trustee position. In 2003, current trustees Nancy Montell and Tim Linkhorn upset Keller and former Trustee Keith Taylor, however this time Montell was […]

Ups and downs for Licking County races

NEWARK – Buckeye Lake Mayor-elect Rick Baker wishes he could start as mayor sooner. “I’m excited; I’m ready to go,” he said Wednesday morning after he – according to unofficial Lick ing Cou nt y results – defeated mayoral challenger Barry Herron 389 votes to 246 Tuesday night. Buckeye Lake Mayor Frank Foster didn’t seek another term. “We’re going to […]

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