Each Thanksgiving we thank and ask you to support our display advertisers who make your paper possible. It’s been another tough year for many of us. This list is quite a bit shorter than last year’s. Many of our local businesses are struggling, and quite a few have closed their doors. Local businesses are the foundation of our local economy. […]

Baltimore to layoff four employees

BALTIMORE – Baltimore Village Administrator Marsha Hall said village council members and administrators did everything they could to keep from laying off employees, but they finally had no choice. The village will lay off several employees, including two police officers, as of Dec. 1. “We’ve known this for a while,” she said. “Everyone tried to figure out something,” from reorganizing […]

Former church almost ready for township

UNION TOWNSHIP – There’s plenty of dust and exposed drywall, but Union Township Trustee Rick Black is confident the Union Township Complex will be complete by Jan. 1. “The big thing we’ve got to do is paint,” he said. It’s been a slow process to change the former Licking Baptist Church into a combination police station/records room and township administration […]

Licking Township adds two firefighters

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees Monday night unanimously approved two applications to join the Licking Township Fire Company. Jeffrey Freeman is rejoining the company as he has returned to the area. Joseph Bowman V is also joining the company. He already has a professional firefighter card and a basic EMT certification. Fire Chief Mike Wilson told trustees he is working […]


Letters to the Editor

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Shop Small

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Last year, on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, was the first ever Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Small Business Saturday is a national movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. It was […]

Buckeye Lake Area Humane Society loses good friend

Editor: In the early morning hours of November 10, 2011, our community lost a very special person, Harold J. Metheny. He was a wonderful friend to many, many people and an avid supporter of the Buckeye Lake Area Humane Society (BLAHS). Harold absolutely loved reading The Beacon and especially “Letters to the Editor.” A couple of years ago, I told […]

Village spending critic takes a look at the school district

Editor: I have spent the last several weeks discussing the spending of the Village of Baltimore. It appears that many of the voters in Baltimore agreed that the spending in Baltimore needed to change and the result was the overwhelming NO vote on the Baltimore Police Levy. Now I would like to address another “big” spender that just also happens […]

Lloyd Noel Blackford

A funeral service for Lloyd Noel Blackford, age 88, of Heath, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at the Heath Chapel of Henderson Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service. Burial will take place in Cedar Hill Cemetery where military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance. Mr. Blackford passed away on Sunday, […]