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Stunning autumn colors despite dry summer

LAKE AREA – Some predicted dull autumn colors this season following a dry summer, but that’s not the case this year. “It’s been remarkably nice here and in some places, it’s just getting better,” said Mike Ecker, Dawes Arboretum director of horticulture. He said Tuesday that the Dawes staff was still waiting for some trees to hit peak colors for […]

Analysis: Fact-checking the Buckeye Lake fire renewal levy brochure



BUCKEYE LAKE – A profire levy renewal brochure is now being distributed in Buckeye Lake Village. This audacious attempt by a few members of the Buckeye Lake Firefighters Association to rewrite recent history cannot go unchallenged. Media outlets across the country are “factchecking” political ads and campaign statements. Fact-checking in this instance is particularly important since it involves an issue […]

Thornville looking at water, sewer increase options



THORNVILLE – Village residents can expect an increase in water and sewer rates, most likely at the beginning of 2013, but the exact amount has yet to be determined. Village Administrator Chad Wilkins said the increase may be determined during Monday’s council meeting. Mayor Gavin Renner said discussion started in 2011 when Thornville worked with Josh Eggleston, rural development specialist […]

The Case for a New President: Increasing the cost of our energy



Energy costs (gasoline & diesel, electricity, natural gas) are critical for most businesses and all households, particularly so for rural residents who often must commute 50 -75 miles daily for work. Families with two 50+ mile daily commutes can pay more than gasoline than groceries. For some of us, pay-at-thepump credit cards limits set at $75 or $100 are triggered […]

One More Week for Election Letters!



Letters from lake-area residents about candidates and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot will be accepted until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. We are strictly enforcing our normally suggested 250-word limit for election letters. Election letters longer than 250 words WILL BE CUT! Letters must be ORIGINAL. Those addressed or copied to other publications or appearing there will NOT […]

Romney – ‘yes,’ fire levy renewal – ‘no’



Editor: This year we have a choice in the Licking County Commissioner’s race. Tim Bubb is running AGAIN but not unopposed. His opponent is Jim Snedden, Jr. and I highly recommend voting for Jim. In my opinion, Bubb is a career politician. He has condoned/allowed/encouraged nepotism and other conflicts of interest. Those actions show that a politician is looking out […]

Few Bowling Green overcharges fixed



Editor: I would like to respond to a recent letter regarding potential “overcharges” to Bowling Green Township residents. This was brought to our attention a month or so ago. We responded immediately by reviewing all Bowling Green accounts and found two customers who were put on a wrong price code and we credited their accounts. We communicated this back to […]

Fiscal officer supports fire levy



Editor: As the Village of Buckeye Lake Fiscal Officer, I am writing to endorse the its fire levy. It is never a step in the right direction to tear down an institution because there is a dislike for individuals. The department is more important than the people that make up the department. The Buckeye Lake Fire Department has a long […]

Support the replacement income tax



Editor: I urge Walnut Township residents to VOTE FOR the replacement school income tax. Since the original levy was passed the law has changed allowing the levy to be placed only on earned income That’s a big advantage to senior citizens because their investment income will not be taxed with this levy as it has been in the past. Only […]

Travis “Pook” Steven Allard



A funeral service, celebrating the life of Travis “Pook” Steven Allard, 18, of Thornville, will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the First Apostolic Church of Pataskala, 5457 York Road, Pataskala, with Pastor Bob Miracle officiating. Burial will follow at Millersport Cemetery. Travis passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012, in Fairfield County. He was […]


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