Looking Back on 2011



LAKE AREA – Last year saw a whirlwind of activity in the Buckeye Lake area -literally and figuratively. From a freak winter tornado to a life-changing coin toss, there was hardly a dull moment! Township moves into church January: The Union Township Trustees held their first regular meeting of the year and their first ever in the new Union Township […]

Baltimore village administrator resigns



BALTIMORE – Village Administrator Marsha Hall resigned, effective Dec. 30, to accept a job with the City of Groveport, Ohio. According to a press release dated Dec. 29, “Baltimore Mayor Bob Kalish wished (Hall) the very best in her new position and thanked her for her years of dedicated service to the Village of Baltimore, commenting, ‘Together with many other […]

Hart will continue to lead Licking Township



JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustee Joe Hart will continue to lead Licking Township Trustees for another year. Hart was reelected in November for his second term as trustee. Tuesday night, trustees unanimously agreed that he continue as president of the board. Hart is starting his fifth year as trustee president. Trustee Dave Miller will continue as vice president and have […]

Letters to the Editor



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‘Baltimore must live within its means’



Editor: The financial condition of Baltimore may be starting to look a little better since they have reduced their expenditures by somewhere near $80,000 +/-. One can only hope that the governing body of the village does not continue down the same path. If another community wants to have additional debt incurred, more power to them, because that is what […]

Writer defends ‘speed trap’ claim



Editor: I want to respond to the two letters criticizing Kevin Gorham’s letter that ran in the December 17 Beacon. Ms. Eskins did a very good job of defining “entrapment.” However, Mr. Gorham never used the word “entrapment” in his letter. Had Ms. Eskins googled “speed trap” – the words Mr. Gorham actually used, she would have found that the […]

More support for ‘speed trap’ claim



Editor: I could not agree more with Kevin Gorham’s letter. It does seem to the casual observer that the Buckeye Lake Police Department has increased traffic stops on Ohio 79 as noted in The Beacon’s police reports. Recently there were 19 speeding citations listed over a span of seven days, most of which were on 79. The fines for the […]

Jeff Aldridge



A funeral service for Jeff Aldridge, 49, of Hebron, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012, at the Heath Church of Christ, 1331 Chapel Way, Heath, with Pastor Steve Shaw officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. On Monday afternoon, January 2, 2012, Jeff passed from this life into the presence of his Lord and Savior […]

Kevin P. Byers



Kevin P. Byers, age 54 of Logan and formerly of Baltimore, passed away December 25, 2011, at OSU Medical Center. He was a member of the state and federal bar associations. He graduated from Bluffton College in 1979 and Capital Law School in 1988. He had his own practice. He is survived by his son, Nate (Ashley) Byers of WI; […]

Austin Kirk



A funeral service for Austin Kirk of Thornville will be held at noon on Thursday January 5, 2012, at the Boring Sheridan Schoedinger Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Gill officiating. Interment will be in the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery. Austin was born in Lancaster on October 18, 1989, to Joe and Tina (Reid) Kirk. He died Friday, December 30, 2011, in […]


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