Bye Bye Birdie

Lakewood Drama presents the 1963 musical comedy

HEBRON – Prepare to take a trip back to the early days of Rock & Roll with Lakewood Drama’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, a musical comedy by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse, and Lee Adams. According to, when popular rock star Conrad Birdie is about to be drafted, his agent Albert Peterson, arranges a coup he hopes will keep […]

Trustees discuss fire department with Thurston Council

THURSTON – The long awaited meeting between the coowners of the Thurston Walnut Township Fire Department wasn’t a love fest. Walnut Township and the Village of Thurston each own 50 percent of the department. Trustees Terry Horn and Ralph Zollinger met with Thuston’s Safety Committee on April 6. Trustee Sonny Dupler was recovering from a medical procedure. Several contentious issues […]

Liberty Union cuts 12 jobs to offset cuts

BALTIMORE – There were no impassioned pleas from parents, students, fellow employees or unions Monday night. Liberty Union- Thurston School Board members quietly and unanimously eliminated two teaching jobs, turned three teaching jobs into half time jobs and eliminated seven support positions. The positions eliminated were not vacant. The reduction in force plan announced last month is part of the […]

Letters to the Editor

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Writer wants Millersport to enforce crosswalk regulations

Editor: This past Sunday (April 10 ) I was trying to cross Lancaster Street near the Olde Canal Restaurant. I was half way across with my four year-old granddaughter when a truck pulling a trailer with lawn mower equipment didn’t even slow down and he passed by. He just looked at me. We were inside the cross walk. A couple […]

‘Watchdog’ pleased writer had good experience with hurt dog

Editor: In response to Mike Karn’s letter in last week’s Beacon: I am glad that your experience was positive and ended with the dog being saved. However, the lady that showed up on the scene was NOT a pound employee. That was Paula Evans who is a commissioned humane agent for Licking County and she works for Homeward Bound Humane […]

9/11 conspiracy remark clarified

Editor: I’m sorry that L.S. Baker misunderstood my reference to the 9/11 conspiracy theory (4/9/11 Letter to the Editor). If he or she misunderstood, others probably did also, so let me explain. To be sure, 9/11 is no theory; it is fact as we have all seen on TV. However, the conspiracy theory would have you believe that 9/11 was […]

Garden Hotline opens April 18

NEWARK – The Horticulture Hotline, staffed by Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers, opens April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The Hotline will be open every Monday morning from 9 a.m. to noon through September. If you have gardening questions call 740-670-5325 on Monday mornings or email your question anytime to mghotlinelicking@ Soil samples for diagnosis can be dropped […]

Tavern fights to keep permit

NEWARK – The owners of the Mill Dam Corner Grille at Mill Dam Road and US 40 should know within a few weeks if they’ll remain in business. The grille’s owners – Kevin Gatton, Cindy Disbennett and Dan Tetreault – and their attorney Marc Myers presented their witnesses and testimony Monday afternoon at the Licking County Administration Building in defense […]

Marjie Margretta Thacker Cupp

Marjie Margretta Thacker Cupp, 87, of Millersport went home to be with our Lord on April 5, 2011. She was born in Ray, Ohio, on March 10, 1924. Marjie was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Bolar Thacker; father, Jasper W. Thacker; sister, Carol Marceil Thacker; and brothers, Richard Pascal Thacker, Guy O. Thacker and Ecard B. Thacker. She […]