End of an Era

Liberty Union Middle School soon to be rubble

BALTIMORE – A fire department training dummy lying in one of the old Liberty Union Middle School’s empty rooms is an ominous omen for what’s in store for the 1954 building. “For the moment, it’ll be parking and greenspace,” said Liberty Union-Thurston Schools Superintendent Paul Mathews. The abandoned building is scheduled to be demolished beginning Oct. 31 now that middle […]

Firefighters should be more visible on medic runs



JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Fire Company members on squad runs will soon be outfitted with more visible gear. Trustees Joe Hart and Dave Miller agreed to spend up to $11,000 Monday night to buy 30 special purpose winter coats for firefighters and 30 polo shirts to replace the current t-shirts given volunteers. The highly reflective winter coats include an inner […]

Camper drawing ticket sales are strong



HEBRON – Lakewood Athletic Director Bo Hansen said he sold a camper drawing ticket to a person in Mesa, Arizona. “I was floored,” he said, adding that the person learned about the drawing on Facebook. Hansen proposed a drawing for a $20,000 travel trailer to raise the money needed to transport student athletes to and from away games after Lakewood […]

Election Letters



Letters from lake-area residents about candidates and issues on the Nov. 8 ballot are welcome. However, due to the expected volume of letters, we are strictly enforcing our normally suggested 250-word limit for election letters. Election letters longer than 250 words WILL BE CUT! Letters must be ORIGINAL. Those addressed or copied to other publications or appearing there will NOT […]

Writer says Baltimore’s police costs are too high



Editor: I guess with the recent announcement of up to 125 new jobs coming to Baltimore, village officials are quite happy. I’m happy too because I do like where I live, but I still feel that we can do what we need to do without spending that is more than receipts. I cannot imagine what the Village Administrator is planning […]

Holman Lynch supported for Licking Township fiscal officer



Editor: I am writing this letter in support of Andrea Holman Lynch who is running for Licking Township Fiscal Officer. I have worked with Andrea for the last nine years at State Farm Insurance Company, where she worked as an Accounting, Auditing, and Customer Service Supervisor. Andrea has always been a very dedicated and highly respected individual within the company […]

Candidate says Watkins hasn’t repaid township for illegal payments



Editor: When I was circulating my petition, I was frequently asked if Donny Watkins paid back the township for his illegal insurance reimbursement scheme. The answer is NO. It’s unlikely any of the nearly $3,000 he received will be recovered. Though he claimed he would pay it back “if he had to,” it appears he won’t. Ohio law is clear. […]

Daughter’s death brings new life



Editor: We would like to personally thank our neighbors in Thornville, Glenford, Somerset and New Lexington for the outpouring of love and support since the death of our daughter, Lauren Wright on July 4th. The candlelight vigil, cards, letters, and donations have been a great source of comfort to our family and have shown us firsthand what caring people live […]

Old Man’s Cave improvements set



COLUMBUS – Visitors to Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park will begin to see construction activity as a project to reroute State Route 664 gets underway, the project to re-route State Route 664 for increased pedestrian safety is underway, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Current construction activity includes clearing while grading will begin in […]

Union Township fiscal officer resigns



UNION TOWNSHIP – Jessica Slater will become Union Township’s fiscal officer six months earlier than she expected. Monday night Union Township Trustees appointed her to the position as of Oct. 1 after current fiscal officer Amanda Griffith informed the trustees she’s resigning at the end of September. Trustee President John Slater said Griffith’s term would’ve ended at the end of […]


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