BUSTING OUT

Early signs of spring

JACKSONTOWN – As this has been one of the coldest winters on record for Central Ohio—with an average temperature of 27 degrees, according to the National Weather Service— it’s no surprise that spring blooms are running a little late this year. Still, there are plenty of signs that this winter’s drudgery is nearing an end. “ They’re anxious to get […]

Water, sewer rate hikes approved



MILLERSPORT – Water and sewer rates will be going up April 1 after council members approved the increases by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night. Council member Jim Wright voted “no.” Council members heard the first reading of the ordinance to increase rates in January. Though there were reports of some residents grumbling about the rate hike, no one came to […]

Township presents case against liquor permit



NEWARK – Union Township officials and residents presented their case challenging renewal of the Mill Dam Corner Grille’s liquor license during a March 4 hearing at the Licking County Administration Building in Newark. Time ran out before the grille’s owners – Kevin Gatton, Cindy Disbennett and Dan Tetreault – and their attorney could present their side. The hearing will be […]

Letters to the Editor



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Writer thanks Hartman, Thompson for speaking up



Editor: I, too, am concerned about our crumbling streets. Too much crumbling is happening too soon. I would like to thank the council members, Kaye Hartman and Donna Thompson, who spoke up for the residents. I, personally, don’t feel the “bill” should have been paid until the work was done correctly. Please stop arguing amongst yourselves, and look out for […]

Praise for Shamrock Minstrel Show



Editor: Congratulations to Millersport Community Theatre’s director Mark A. Severance for “Hitting A Home Run” with this year’s 2011 Shamrock Minstrel Show. It is amazing how many talented people live in Millersport and participate in the Millersport Community Theatre. This year’s production offered those in attendance a fun filled night out featuring outstanding vocals and hilarious comedy. Limited space does […]

Change smoke detector batteries Sunday when clocks spring ahead



COLUMBUS – Interim State Fire Marshal Donald Cooper is reminding Ohioans to make a potentially lifesaving change when they move their clocks forward on Sunday, March 13: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors! In conjunction with the United States Fire Protection Association ( USFA) and Ohio’s fire departments, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of State Fire Marshal encourages […]

Trustees hire architect to rework former church



UNION TOWNSHIP – Work on reconfiguring the interior of Union Township’s $310,000 former church is on hold. A change of use permit is required first from Licking County. “We were completely surprised,” said Trustee Rick Black. He said trustees were unaware they needed a change of use permit to convert the building from an “assembly use” – it was formerly […]

Betty Jean Balser



Betty Jean Balser, 70 of Thurston,died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Fairfield Medical Center. She attended Thurston United Methodist Church. She is survived by her son, Charles Allen Balser of Thurston; daughter, Elizabeth Renae (James) Chalfant of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Jacob Tyler Whipple and Zachary Christopher Whipple, all of Lancaster; sisters, Earlene Fouts of Hebron, Marge Patrick of Johnstown, and […]

Judith “Judy” Boydoh



Judith “Judy” Boydoh, of Buckeye Lake, went to be with the Lord, March 1, 2011, at the Selma Markowitz Care Center. She was born August 29, 1940, to the late Benjamin “Benny” and Caroline Kolbash of Fairmont, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents. Judy is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert; three children, Kim […]


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