Barking Up the Right Tree



JACKSONTOWN – Brilliant blue skies and plenty of new attractions provided for one of the most successful Arbor Day celebrations ever for Dawes Arboretum, said Dawes Public Relations Director Laura Appleman. “We had terrific attendance,” she said, estimating that 4,500 to 5,000 people visited the arboretum Saturday. Appleman said 33 organizations were represented at the celebration. “That’s the most we’ve […]

Decision due on revised grant application



HEBRON – Village officials should know by this Friday if the changes council members recently made to their application for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant to resurface Kelley and Westview drives was enough to get a second-chance grant. The approximately $500,000 project was ranked 43rd last fall for Ohio Public Works Commission funding in District 17. But there was […]

Village increasing vehicle tax



BALTIMORE – Village council members are expected to approve an ordinance May 28 to levy an additional $5 annual license tax on motor vehicles registered at addresses within the Village of Baltimore. The additional fee would be effective Jan. 1, 2014. The move comes as Fairfield County Commissioners are considering a similar increase that would apply county-wide. “If we don’t […]

Trustees will wait to June to discuss contract



UNION TOWNSHIP – Trustee President Rick Black told Hebron Fire Chief Randy Weekly April 15 that trustees will likely wait until June to negotiate a new fire/EMS for 2014. Hebron Safety Committee Chair Alayna Morris wrote trustees last month, asking that discussions start earlier than June which is the specified start date in this year’s contract. Trustees offered just $420,000 […]

Letters to the Editor



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It’s time to clean house



Editor I am writing about the on going dispute over our local fire department, if that’s what we can call it. I see and read all the back and forth bickering. And I can’t help but wonder if we shouldn’t just start all over fresh. The mayor and Village Council do not seem to care about the residents of Buckeye […]

Maybe no business in Kirkersville



Editor: A local TV station reported an incident with Laurelville’s Police Chief Mike Berkemeier. I’m sharing this story since Berkemeier is a former Kirkersville Police Chief and, in my opinion, was one of the worst police officers I have ever encountered. The headline on one story reads “Police Chief Recovering After Eating Cake Laced With Pot” and another headline reads […]

Writer makes amends



Editor: In my haste two weeks ago, I left off many key performers in the musical “Oliver”. I would like to congratulate the following students for their roles: Noah Jewell, Kolton Halla, Kayla Anderson, Kayla Hittle, Levi Sorsby, Tierra Harris, Celeste Anderson and Andrew Bowman. The cast and crew are also involved in track, softball, baseball, club volleyball and soccer. […]

Scrap metal to benefit Lady Lions



BALTIMORE- The Liberty Union- Thurston softball team’s fundraiser is far more creative than the typical bake sale or car wash-and more practical. Spring cleaning? Have old appliances, water heaters, and other scrap metal that needs a new home? If so, then Basil Joint Fire District Chief Rob Cooley asks people to donate these items to the softball team. “We are […]

Larry Hempleman



Larry Hempleman, age 68, formerly of Lancaster, passed away April 28, 2013. He was born to Ivan and Mabel Yontz Hempleman, on October 17, 1945, in Carroll. He was a Liberty Union High School Class of ‘63 graduate. He worked at Anchor Hocking from 1966 until 2008. He was a NASCAR fan and an avid fisherman. He was known as […]


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