Ice Cycle

High speed fun on a frozen lake

BUCKEYE LAKE – Thanks to our recent sustained cold, ice racers having been venturing out on Buckeye Lake. Buckeye Lake native and now Columbus resident Mike Solace and his co-workers at Motohio European Motorbikes have been riding motorcycles on the frozen lake on weekends. Special screws are put in the tires to get enough traction to ride. Still, Solace says, […]

Joe Farmer appointed to state Board of Education

BALTIMORE – It was just about 10 days ago on January 10 that Liberty Union Superintendent Paul Mathews thanked board members with pieces of his famous homemade cherry pie for their combined 68.5 years of service on the school board. Joe Farmer tied for second place with Art Brate with 19 years of service. Mike Raver continues to hold first […]

White to head Lakewood School Board

HEBRON – Judy White is Lakewood’s new school board president. She replaces Joe Bowman, Jr. White defeated nominee board member Forrest Cooperrider three votes to two during the board’s organizational meeting, which preceded the regular meeting. Board members Trisha Good, Rob Large, and White voted for White, while Cooperrider and Bowman voted for Cooperrider. Board member Rob Large was named […]

Who is Hayden working for?

Last week Buckeye Lake Council President Charlene Hayden spent most of her President’s report defending her friends at M•E Companies. We’ve reprinted this portion of her report nearby so you can read her own words. She begins by referring to our ‘alleged criticism.’ There is nothing ‘alleged’ about it; our criticism has been very specific in our four editorials about […]

Here’s the Council President’s report: January 10, 2011

Discussion Regarding Recent Projects. The Mayor and I met with Jack Christy about a week ago to discuss some of the recent alleged criticism from the local news media. In my opinion, all the ME employees have been very willing to field and/or discuss any questions we have had at any time. On many occasions, questions come up in the […]

Letter to the Editor: ‘Watchdog’ sniffs around zoning commission

Editor: In my last letter I said our GOB trustees had violated the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), which is the State Law that they are required and sworn to abide by. This is NOT optional but mandated. So let’s see what the law requires in ORC 519.04, which covers the Township zoning commission. It states that, “Each regular or alternate […]


Last week, the editor mixed up Baltimore’s Farmer brothers. Kyle Farmer, NOT Kasey Farmer, was recently elected chair of the Fairfield County Republican Party Executive Committee. Basil Joint Fire District Assistant Chief Kasey Farmer is NOT active in politics. Kyle is a school teacher and also resides in Baltimore.

Fay E. Landon

Fay E. Landon, 86, of Pataskala, formerly of Baltimore, died Monday, January 17, 2011, at her residence. She was retired from Essex Wire and a member of First Apostolic Church in Reynoldsburg. She loved flowers and her pets. She is survived by her daughters, Judy Clark of Pataskala and Cheryl (Cary) Capps of Lancaster; nine grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; a […]

Raymond Thomas Sims

Raymond Thomas Sims, 73, of Thurston, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 13, 2011.He was born January 5, 1938, in Brice, to the late Raymond and Laura (Barnes) Sims. He was a landscaper all his life and loved the outdoors. Since his retirement, he took care of his fish pond and his flowers, helped his neighbors and enjoyed bologna with […]