Vacant lots to grow this summer



BUCKEYE LAKE – Buckeye Lake Village will be growing vacant lots this summer. Director of Development Valerie Hans told the Buckeye Lake Village Council members April 12 that 26 derelict houses would be demolished this summer. A Licking County Neighborhood Stabilization Grant is financing the demolition. The first houses to come down, possibly within a month, are 138 Second Street, […]

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 […]

Free computer recycling at The Works



NEWARK – The Works museum in downtown Newark is accepting donations of old computers and other electronic equipment. The equipment will be used for educational purposes in the museum’s Invent Lab and then it will be recycled. In the Invent Lab, children use hand tools to take apart the donated computers, keyboards, small printers, VCRs, telephones, radios and other electronic […]

Lottery set for June 19 Cranberry Bog tour



COLUMBUS – Nature enthusiasts throughout Ohio are encouraged to enter a lottery to tour Ohio’s only floating island – Cranberry Bog State Nature Preserve in Buckeye Lake – during the bog’s annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. Attendance at this popular open house is limited in an effort to curtail potential damage to […]

Big Changes for Sweet Corn Festival

New office building replaces old trailers

MILLER – Some change is definitely for the better, even for an event as steeped in tradition as the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival. Festival Security Chairman Steve Stover explained the festival grounds faced two problems: first, its stage productions were getting bigger, better and required more seating as the festival attracted more famous acts, and the trailers that house the […]

Letters to the Editor



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This is it for election letters!



This is our last week for letters about candidates and issues on the May 4 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 or issues criticized by name […]

BLASST theme suggestions pouring in; show set for July 2



Editor: July 2nd is just around the corner, and the BLASST is moving forward! I want to thank everyone who suggested themes for this year. I never thought we would receive more than 30 suggestions. I want to share some with you before we let the winner out of the bag. Here are just a few: Lights over Buckeye Lake, […]

Voters urged to support Liberty Union income tax renewal



Editor, I consider myself lucky to be raising my family in Baltimore. One of the biggest reasons is that we have a tremendous school system. Liberty Union provides a great education and does so in a way that protects our taxpayer dollars to an extent not seen in many districts. This spring voters in thedistrict will have the chance to […]

More support for Lakewood



Editor: The Ohio Supreme Court has declared that the way in which our schools are funded is unconstitutional yet the General Assembly has ignored their findings. In the meantime our school districts struggle to balance their budgets. The Lakewood School District has put an Emergency Operating Levy on the May 4th ballot. I have two students currently in the district […]