The Quest for Lieb’s Island



LIEB’S ISLAND – If anyone knows anything about the history of Lieb’s Island, has any old photos, or just some good stories to tell, a new citizens’ group needs you! “We’re on the hunt,” said Lieb’s Island resident Barbara Hupman. “ We want to get the story out there.” Hupman said there’s a lack of historical information currently available about […]

COTC to provide training for casino jobs



NEWARK – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Hollywood Casino Columbus recently announced a unique partnership in which COTC will provide workforce training for potential casino employees. COTC will primarily provide non-gaming training such as security, slot machine technical support, and accounting. Columbus State Community College and Hondros College are two other educational partners for the casino. “COTC’s mission is […]

Food safety class set for Feb. 9



NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department will hold a food safety class on Thursday, February 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. The class will be held at the health department located at 675 Price Road in Newark. “Insuring our restaurants provide safe food to their customers is one of our department’s largest responsibilities.” said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health […]

New Thornville mayor talks about the future



THORNVILLE – Gavin Renner is now the mayor of Thornville. He succeeds Beth Patrick who did not seek reelection. The Beacon asked the new mayor several questions about Thornville and its future. Question: What do you think Thornville’s major challenges will be during your tenure? Renner: In the near term, the village is in the process of lining up a […]

Thornville Police Chief will keep post



THORNVILLE- Thornville Police Chief Darrell Ball will retain his position with the village following a January 23 incident. The Fairfield County SWAT team was called to his house on a possible suicide threat. “It was a third party type of a report of a threat,” said Sgt. Jared Collins of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office. “It was a precautionary measure […]

Letters to the Editor



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Watkins’ elections complaint dismissed



Editor: Last week I was a witness at an Ohio Elections Commission “probable cause” hearing, Case #2012E-001. It was held concerning a complaint submitted by no other then “ex” Bowling Green Township Trustee Donald Watkins. He alleged that duly elected Township Trustee Jeff Chorpenning violated ORC 3517.21 section 10. Get a load of this. Watkins stated in his complaint that, […]

Don’t bankrupt Baltimore



Editor: Much has been written and much said over the last few years relating to the growth of Baltimore and that much of the lavish spending proposed by the Village Administrator, and approved by the Village Council. United States Census for 1960 lists the population of Baltimore as 2,881 and the Census for 2010 lists Baltimore population as 2,996. The […]

Guest Column: Licking Park District at a ‘fork in the path’



Did you know that your Licking Park District has over 1600 acres of recreational area and preserves, 25 miles of recreational trails, and manages over 24 miles of paved bike paths? Did you know that your Licking Park District offers picnicking, fishing, Frisbee disc golf, horseback riding, hiking, exploring, canoeing, biking, and walking paths to everyone in Licking County? Well […]

AARP tax help available



BUCKEYE LAKE – LEADS is now taking appointments for free income tax preparation starting Monday, February 6. Seniors and others interested in the service should call 740-345-1391 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Each year the AARP Tax Aide Program provides trained volunteers who prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers, […]


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