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Local pools help Lake Area beat the heat

MILLERSPORT, THORNVILLE – It’s no surprise to Thornville Pool manager Michael Palone that there were plenty of people splashing around in his community’s swimming pool Tuesday afternoon considering the day’s searing heat and steamy humidity. “We have a lot more memberships this year,” he said. What is surprising to both Palone, 21, and assistant pool manager Jenny Fellows, 19, is […]

Home schooled students may get part-time privileges



BALTIMORE – Home schooled students in grades 7- 12 may be able to enroll in the Liberty Union Thurston School District on a part-time basis if school board members next month approve an option suggested by Superintendent Paul Mathews to the board’s Home Instruction policy. Parents of two students asked board members to review the policy which currently doesn’t permit […]

Lake is ‘open for business’



BUCKEYE LAKE – The lake is safe for everyone, contrary to what some media reports have led people to believe. “This lake is open for business. Come out and enjoy our parks,” said Ohio State Parks Chief David Payne. The Licking and Fairfield county convention and tourism bureaus, the Buckeye Lake Museum, and the Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow organization invited […]

Guest Commentary: Yes, you may swim in Buckeye Lake



The question many are asking today is, “Is it Safe to Swim in Buckeye Lake?” To answer this question requires more than a simple Yes or No. Having lived at the lake for more than a decade, I would not hesitate to go for a swim and many, who have lived here much longer than me, have expressed similar reassurances. […]

How you can help



First, don’t panic. There is no reason to cancel parties, family outings or stop skiing, tubing, swimming or fishing. As Ohio State Parks Chief David Payne said Wednesday morning, “This lake and beautiful state park is open for business. Come out and enjoy this park.” None of the now nearly 30 samples tested for microcystins have exceeded the World Health […]

Hartman, Thompson thanked



Editor: We’ve been hearing for some time now that Chemcote will be returning to repair our streets. Mayor Rick Baker reported to council on June 27 that they would be back “within a couple of weeks.” During the same discussion, Council President Hayden said, “Chemcote did what they were asked to do and then some.” In discussing the lack of […]

Public input needed for new plan



Editor: This letter is to inform Bowling Green Township residents of an upcoming meeting that will have long term effects on our community. For the past two-years, the Comprehensive Planning Commission has been meeting to discuss a 20-year plan for the township. The committee is in the final stages of implementing a plan. No residents have attended the meetings. So […]

Township hosts training



UNION TOWNSHIP- What do you do if someone’s being crushed beneath a combine or sinking into a silo full of grain? Roughly 50 firefighters and emergency services personnel now know how to handle these situations after experiencing handson simulated demonstrations at the Union Township Complex June 25. “It provided a real good program that was really well received,” said Licking […]

Geraldine Russell



Geraldine Russell, 70, passed away July 6, 2011, at Licking Memorial Hospital. The family will be having a private memorial service at a later date. Mrs. Russell was born February 14, 1941, in Gahanna, to the late Grover and Gladys (Cappel) White. She retired from AMVETS Post 51, Thornville, and Lucent Technology, Columbus. She was an active member of the […]

Kathryn M. Sheets



Kathryn M. Sheets, 90 of Lancaster and former resident of Baltimore, died July 8, 2011, at the Pickering House. She worked for R. B. M. in Lancaster. She was a former member of Beulah United Methodist Church, VFW Post 3761 Ladies Auxiliary, Baltimore Order of Eastern Star, and an Avon Representative for many years. She is survived by her son, […]


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