Witch- hazel, Japanese Garden experience rebirth at Dawes

JACKSONTOWN – Dawes Arboretum is providing its early spring tease as the witch-hazel blooms between the snow showers. Witch-hazel is an extremely early blooming bush with bright yellow flowers. It typically blooms in February, but will bloom sooner under unusually warm weather. This winter has seen unusually warm weather, but also record cold. However, Dawes Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker […]

Familiar faces in new roles in Buckeye Lake

BUCKEYE LAKE – Some familiar faces took on new responsibilities with the Buckeye Lake Village Council Monday night, the first regular meeting of the year. New Mayor Clay Carroll – formerly a council member – took the reins, while council members unanimously electedcouncil member Jeryne Peterson as council president, and council member Barry Herron as president pro tempore. He’ll act […]

Walnut Township Schools asking for 6.9 more mills

MILLERSPORT – This time the vote was unanimous. Monday night Walnut Township School Board members agreed to put a 6.9 mill emergency levy on the May 6. Superintendent Randy Cotner told board members the district is getting $160,000 less in state aide than it did five years ago. He also presented the most recent ranking of the state’s 612 school […]

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Time to enter VFW art contest

Editor: We all know that “good art” takes time. It’s that time of year again for high school students to start working on their entry in the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW’s Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. All art must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink, or oil may be used. […]

Free radon tests available

NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department reminds residents that January is National Radon Action Month. Licking County has the highest average indoor radon levels in the state of Ohio, and high levels of radon can pose significant health risks. “I would like to encourage all residents to test their homes for radon,” said Health Commissioner Joe Ebel. “Due to […]

Liberty Union wants to make income tax permanent

BALTIMORE – Liberty Union-Thurston Schools will place an issue on the May 6 ballot to make its 1.75 percent income tax permanent. “This is not a new tax,” said Superintendent Paul Mathews. He said Liberty Union-Thurston has a permanent 1.25 percent income tax, which was approved in 1988. In 2005, voters approved an additional 0.5 percent as a fiveyear levy. […]

Josephine Antle

Josephine Antle, age 86, of Thornville, passed away January 10, 2014. She was born on October 12, 1927, in Athens County, OH, daughter of the late Joseph and Amy (Wilson) Moody. She was a founding member of the Calvary Christian Union Church. She is survived by her loving family: daughter, Betty Sue VanGundy; sons, Mike (Debbie) Antle, Richard (Melanie) Antle […]

Rebecca (Ruckman) Elam

Rebecca (Ruckman) Elam, age 61, of Thurston, passed January 7, 2014, at Fairfield Medical Center with family and close friend at her side. She was born April 5, 1952, to the late Don and Barb Ruckman. Rebecca was a member of The Thurston Church and VFW Post 3761 Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from the Limited Distribution Center. She loved spending […]

Milton “Porky” L. Kellner Jr.

Milton “Porky” L. Kellner Jr., age 68, of Baltimore, passed away peacefully at the Pickering House, with his daughter and son-in-law by his side, after a long 64-month courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lancaster on December 11, 1945, to Milton “Porky” Kellner Sr. and Arlene Fowler Kellner Smith. He was a 1964 Millersport graduate. Porky worked for […]