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Conservation group restores Somerset cemetery

SOMERSET – A small Somerset cemetery became the focus of a major restoration effort earlier this month as Beth Santore, chair of the Association for Gravestone Studies’ Ohio Chapter, worked with village officials to organize a workshop to repair damaged gravestones and even invited a professional gravestone conservator to help. More than 30 people gathered at Somerset’s Evangelical Lutheran Church […]

Buckeye Lake makes administrator changes



BUCKEYE LAKE – It’s the changing of the guard for Buckeye Lake Village administrators. Service Director Tim Matheny’s long expected retirement prompted the moves. Former Newark Service Director Daniel Coffman started last week, although his responsibilities are yet to be completely determined. “With Dan’s arrival, I consider it a work in progress,” said Buckeye Lake Mayor Rick Baker. He said […]

Benefit for fire victim set



BALTIMORE – Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee and Mayor Bob Kalish are sponsoring a spaghetti benefit dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, at the Kozy Korner Restaurant, 100 N. Main St., Baltimore. The dinner will raise funds to help Kozy Korner owner Rocky Jones recover from a fire at his home last week. His clothing, furniture and furnishings were […]

Commissioner faces sexual assault charge



NEW LEXINGTON – A Perry County commissioner is charged with sexual assault, and his fellow commissioners and an agency director are charged with ignoring events that led to the incident. Angel Baughman, former Perry County Emergency Management Agency administrative assistant, filed a complaint and grand jury demand in Perry County Common Pleas Court stating that Commissioner Lonnie Wood on or […]

This is it for election letters



We do NOT publish election letters in our final issue before an election. However, candidates criticized in a letter in this issue may respond specifically to that criticism next week. Response letters – limited to a maximum of 250 words – will be accepted from the following candidates: • Bowling Green Township Trustee candidate Jeff Chorpenning responding to charges in […]

Commissioners urge voters to approve levy for parks



Editor: One of our county’s most precious assets is our parks system, which is made up of 18 properties and 23 historical structures. Two of these sites, Rock Mill and Stonewall Cemetery, have gained national prominence. Fairfield County also has more covered bridges than any other Ohio county. These assets can and should be developed. We believe our parks system […]

Vote ‘YES’ on Issue 11



Editor, I urge the voters of Walnut Township School District to vote “YES” on Issue 11. This is a RENEWAL, not a new tax. We have a unique and wonderful school district. We are staying viable and strong in the midst of tough economic times. We have been able to stay the course on upkeep and improvements when other schools […]

Boring makes his case for re-election



Editor: While out campaigning, I’ve been told that some folks are saying I haven’t done anything during my first term. Here’s a few of my accomplishments for you. 1. I worked with commissioners and the engineers to rebid the asphalt on the sewer project. The rebid saved $31,000 and allowed more streets to be resurfaced. 2. I reached an agreement […]

More support for Holman Lynch



Editor: I am writing to express my support for Andrea Holman Lynch for Licking Township Fiscal Officer. It is time for a change in Licking Township. It is time for the duties of this position to be brought up to speed and kept current so that the Licking Township Trustees can make informed decisions. It is time for someone to […]

Critic responds to Watkins’ letter



Editor: As long term resident in Bowling Green Township, I read Trustee Watkins recent slam of his many critics. I am one of them. I base writing on facts. He touts being a believer in freedom of speech yet he is the Good Old Boy that called the sheriff to try to stop the legal videotaping of meetings. He repeatedly […]


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