On the Road to Akron



BALTIMORE – The 2011 Division III State Runner-up Liberty Union Lady Lions have outscored their first two tournament opponents 27-0 in their bid to return to Akron for the state tournament. Last week the Lions hosted Fredricktown for their first tournament game. Twenty-one Lions batted in their half of the first inning, taking a 15-0 lead. The Freddies managed just […]

District projecting deficit spending next year



BALTIMORE – Liberty Union-Thurston Local School District Treasurer David Butler projects that the district will spend more next fiscal year than what it brings in. Butler presented an updated five-year forecast to school board members Monday night. The forecasts must be updated every six months. He projects the district will end the current fiscal year (June 30, 2012) with revenue […]

Thornville hires new administrator



THORNVILLE – New Lexington property maintenance code enforcement officer Chad Wilkins will be Thornville’s new village administrator. He replaces Ron Koehler, who retires at the end of May. Wilkins is also a Hopewell Township Trustee. “I’m excited to get started,” said Wilkins, who was chosen from more than 30 applicants for the position. He begins June 1. Wilkins, who lives […]

Buckeye Lake hires development director



BUCKEYE LAKE- Planning Commission member Mike Cassidy was hired as part-time Buckeye Lake Development Director, Mayor Rick Baker announced at Monday night’s scheduled village council meeting. Only two members of the council, Arletta Ruton and council President Charlene Hayden, were present. “(Cassidy’s) heart is really with the village. His number one responsibility is to clean up the homes on the […]

Just 44 days to BLASST



Editor: It’s just 44 days until our annual Buckeye Lake Area Star Spangled Tribute (BLASST) fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. More than 1,000 letters were mailed last week to our loyal supporters. Checks have already started coming in – some 100 or so in the past couple of days. If you haven’t supported BLASST in the […]

New levy to ‘divide to conquer’



Editor: Based upon what I know and what I heard from a recent informal gathering of citizens that have the opinion that Baltimore needs to spend more money on the Police Department, the strategy now appears to be one of “divide to conquer”. The property tax levy was soundly defeated, but now they plan to have an income tax proposal […]

Robert F. Blain



A funeral mass of the resurrection for Robert F. Blain, 81, of Thornville, was held May 12, 2012, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Buckeye Lake, with Father William B. Ferguson as celebrant. Full Military Rites followed, conducted by the Licking County Veteran’s Service Alliance. Private family burial will follow at a later date at Kirkersville Cemetery. Robert […]

Wesley Eugene Brown



Wesley Eugene Brown, 86, of Thornville, passed away May 14, 2012. He was born on May 18, 1926, in Perry County, to the late Isaac Wesley and Florence Ethel (Cooperrider) Brown. Wesley was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, and woodworker. He was a 1944 graduate of Thornville High School. Wesley served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he operated a […]

Helen L. Gustafson



Helen L. Gustafson, age 75 of Thornville, passed away May 10, 2012, at The Ohio State University Medical Center. She is survived by her children, David Gustafson, Joyce Miller, both of Orient, and Fred (Lisa Henderson) Gustafson, Thornville; grandchildren, Gus (Cesalie), Jesse, and Dawn; great-grandchildren, Mya and Emily; nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Juanita Disbennett and June Gladden. She […]

Gary Hague



Gary Hague, 72 of Baltimore, passed away May 11, 2012, at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. He was a welder for Allied Fabricating and Welding and retired from Landair Trucking. He was a member of Fairfield Christian Church North Campus formerly Midway Christian Church and loved hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lois […]


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