It may be a short autumn, but maybe not

JACKSONTOWN – Some trees are dropping their leaves this year without changing color first or, as Dawes Arboretum Horticulture Director Mike Ecker would say, “defoliating without turning.” He said, “This has been an odd year.” The couple weeks of searing heat we experienced this summer may have forced this autumn to be brief, at least as far a leaf watching […]

Resident escalates dispute over road

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees agreed Monday night to amend their $197,190 road resurfacing agreement with The Shelly Company. The change order adds $9,296 to install 712 lineal feet of drainage tile under the to-be-reconstructed Amherst Drive in Harbor Hills. The county engineer’s office didn’t include the drainage tile in the original specifications. Trustees Joe Hart and Dave Miller were […]

Operation Medicine Cabinet set for Saturday, Oct. 8

NEWARK – Drop off your expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to be disposed of by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office. Drive up, drop off, drive away… No questions asked. Why should you participate? * Tests have detected minute concentrations of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 46 million people. * The Office of National Drug […]

No increase for Village of Thornville residents

THORNVILLE – Thornville’s water and sewer rates are not changing, said Thornville Mayor Beth Patrick. She said a headline in a county publication led Village of Thornville residents to believe that the village was significantly raising their water and sewer rates. The reality is, she said, that Northern Perry County Water and Wastewater is changing its rate structure, which may […]

Baltimore, Thurston working out water supply dispute

BALTIMORE – A years long dispute over a public water contract between the villages of Baltimore and Thurston may be reaching an amicable end. Basically, the Village of Thurston has until March 3, 2014, to hook onto a new water supplier or work out its differences with its long-term supplier – the Village of Baltimore. Thurston has objected to Baltimore’s […]

Police activity reports

Compiled from selected police activity reports. Buckeye Lake • Oct. 2: A Hebron man was cited for a hit skip, or leaving the scene of an accident. • Oct. 2: A driver was cited for running a red light on Hebron Road. • Oct. 2: A Heath man said that someone in Buckeye Lake Village vandalized his car. • Oct. […]

Just three weeks left for 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 […]

Bowling Green Township Trustee responds to critics

Editor: To the Citizens of Bowling Green Township: In the past few years, many Letters to the Editor about me have been submitted to this newspaper. As an elected official and a firm believer in freedom of speech, I understand that I have opened myself to the scrutiny and criticism of others. In an effort to take the high road, […]

‘Watchdog’ wonders why accident details weren’t discussed

Editor: I heard an interesting story recently about how the township’s new truck (delivered August 2010) was damaged last winter. Apparently one of our GOB trustees (Watkins) backed the truck into a tree stump, damaging it enough that it had to be towed. It was then out of commission for several weeks, during the winter season. I wondered why this […]

Writer wants Baltimore to ‘live within its means’

Editor: This is my final comment on the Village of Baltimore and its spending habits. If you vote for the proposed police levy, property owners, as well as renters will pay more. It is on the November 8th ballot. Baltimore will then have about $300,000 more to spend and I’ll bet the Village Administrator already has plans for the money. […]