Mayor stands firm on fire contract



HEBRON – Hebron Mayor Clifford Mason drew a line in the sand, telling Union Township Trustees that their request for 60 percent of EMS billing revenue is “unacceptable.” Negotiations continued April between Hebron officials and trustees over a 2010 fire contract; the township contracts with the village for fire and EMS service. The main sticking point is the EMS billing […]

Shred It Day set for April 24



NEWARK – Now that Tax Season is over, it’s time for some Spring Cleaning. Get rid of your confidential documents and information in one convenient stop. The Rotary Clubs of Licking County are hosting a “Shred It” Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, in the former Big Bear lot on North 21st Street (in front […]

Gas chamber ban sought



HEATH – Nearly 200 people, many from other communities, turned out late Saturday morning in front of the Licking County Animal Shelter to protest its use of a gas chamber to euthanize non-adoptable animals. In March, Licking County Commissioners said the shelter would severely limit its use of the gas chamber. They say the shelter is already doing so and […]

Northern Local hires interim superintendent



THORNVILLE – Northern Local School District recently hired Dora Jean Baumgarner as interim superintendent to replace former superintendent Jack Porter, who resigned effective April 1. Porter abruptly announced his retirement early in March, leaving his office immediately and using vacation days to reach April 1. “She’s a very dynamic, exciting person,” said Treasurer Elizabeth Arnold. She said Porter was a […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Arbor Day Festival – Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m .– 4 p.m., Free, It’s Arbor Day! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum. This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a […]

BLACA spring dinner set for April 21



BUCKEYE LAKE – Spring is finally here and it’s time for the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s annual spring dinner meeting. The meeting is set for Wednesday, April 21 at the Buckeye Lake Eagles on Ohio 79. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the meeting begins at 8 p.m. This meeting should be […]

Green Eggs and Ham

Lakewood Theatre brings Dr. Seuss to life

HEBRON – The Cat in the Hat is back! Lakewood Drama presents Seussical the Musical, April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., and April 18, 3 p.m. at the Lakewood High School Performing Arts Center. Reserve seats online at www. lakewooddrama.com or call (740) 928-4496. Now one of the most performed shows in America, “Seussical” is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! […]

One more week for Election Letters



Letters from lake-area residents about candidates and issues on the May 4 ballot are welcome. However, due to our volume of letters, we are strictly enforcing our normally suggested 250-word limit for election letters. Election letters longer than 250 words WILL BE CUT! Letters must be ORIGINAL. Those addressed or copied to other publications or appearing there will not be […]

‘Our schools need additional funding to survive’



Editor: I am writing about the Lakewood Schools Emergency Operating Levy. Our family recently moved here from Pickerington. In Pickerington, due to rapid growth, we were frequently asked to approve operating levies for the growing district. This stands in stark contrast to the Lakewood levy situation. LSD has not repeatedly asked for additional money. HB66 has eliminated a significant source […]

Beacon story understated contributions to new track



Editor: Thanks for the great coverage of our first track meet on the new track at Millersport High School. As always, you report events in our area with accuracy and fairness. However, I would like to correct some of the information about the funding of the track. The Track Renovation committee contributed much more than you reported. We were blessed […]


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