Voters approve both levies



LANCASTER, NEWARK – Lakewood Superintendent Jay Gault said his district’s levy win Tuesday night was impressive on two levels. “That levy was of epic proportions in Lakewood last night,” he said. Voters approved Lakewood’s 5.24 mill, five-year emergency renewal levy 1071 for the levy to 722 against, or 59.73 percent to 40.27 percent, according to unofficial results. Gault said this […]

Fire chiefwants to add paid staff



JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson presented a plan to trustees Monday night to add an additional part-time paid EMT/firefighter position. Wilson is the company’s only full-time employee. He and a paid part-time EMT/firefighter are on duty from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the company totally relies on volunteers. […]

Smith: Fire district possible, but costly



UNION TOWNSHIP – A Hebron area fire district is possible, but could be expensive, said Licking County Commissioner Doug Smith. Union Township Trustees invited Smith to speak at the end of their Monday night meeting. Smith was involved with the formation of the West Licking Joint Fire District near Pataskala roughly 30 years ago and described the process to representatives […]

A Dangerous Distraction



Patients 1st advocate Peggy Wells called Monday night’s meeting in Union Township about a possible fire district a ‘distraction.’ We believe it needs the adjective “dangerous” to more accurately describe it. Right now EMS/fire services are in critical condition in both Union Township and Buckeye Lake Village. The Union Township problem is strictly financial. Last fall, Union Township Trustees unilaterally […]

Writer wants to hear from other residents



Editor: I’m glad to see that other Buckeye Lake residents are beginning to see that we really do have a problem with our village leadership. However, I don’t believe getting rid of the mayor, council and fire department is the answer. The fire department and the EMS folks are doing the best they can with out any management. Without a […]

‘Wake up and smell the coffee’



Editor: As I sit here at my house, I marvel at the misinformation given to Buckeye Lake residents by other residents who mistakenly think that “they are in the know.”. It is like shooting oneself in the foot. It is not about the fire department, but rather their EMS component. Simply said, they are different, very different! I attended a […]

Writer wants mayor to outline his plan of action



Editor: I heard at the last council meeting that the mayor is now interviewing EMS candidates. I commend his action and hope this means that the fire/EMS situation is on the mend. I would like The Beacon to interview Mayor Baker and get his plan of action to repair our EMS system. Are we going to have a professionally run […]

Terri L. (McCutcheon) Graham



Terri L. (McCutcheon) Graham, 59, of Buckeye Lake, entered into heaven May 3, 2013. She was born May 17, 1953, in Columbus and was a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School and Eastland Vocational School. She retired from Lucent Technologies after nearly 30 years. Terri was a hopelessly devoted wife; loved her children, grandbabies, and family; and was a dedicated […]

Kenneth F. Lindsey



Kenneth F. Lindsey, age 55 of Baltimore, died May 7, 2013. He was born to Anna C. Azbell and Harvey Lindsey on September 11, 1957, in Lancaster. He attended Lancaster Pilgrim Church. He was an avid coin and Indian Artifact collector. He loved his Country Music and TV Land. He was survived by his daughter, Clara Richards of NY; son, […]

Levy supporters thanked



Editor: On behalf of the Walnut Township School District, I want to thank all of the supporters of the current levy. There are too many people to thank individually but the canvassing committee under the direction of Leah Holden especially deserves our thanks. We have attempted to hold down expenditures and be strong stewards of taxpayer monies by creative means […]


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