LANCASTER- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is just as important today as when Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act 50 years ago, said Allen Chapel’s Pastor Evan Saunders. “I think in today’s world, we still have to hold to his values,” he said. Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Saunders led a procession from the Lancaster gazebo to […]

State of the Village: Thornville’s future is bright

THORNVILLE – Thornville continues on its path of strong financial performance and vibrancy, said Thornville Mayor Gavin Renner in his 2014 State of the Village address. Last year the village accomplished several key projects including repainting the water tower, repairing roads, and upgrading the sewer system. Also, Thornville contracted for a new trash service provider, adjusted water and sewer rates, […]

Lakewood takes second place in Future City Competition

HEBRON – Where in the world is Woo-roo-ma City? It’s in the hearts and minds of Lakewood Middle School’s Future City team, which won second place statewide for its design during the Future City Competition, last Saturday, at Columbus State. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade imagine, design, […]

Hochradel replaces Landis as council president

BALTIMORE – Council member Jim Hochradel is the new village council president. He replaces Judy Landis who didn’t seek reelection. Council member Chuck Keller nominated Hochradel and was then nominated for president himself by Dwayne Mohler. Keller withdrew his name from the floor. Council meetings will continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of […]

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Why haven’t streets been repaired?

Editor: Once again, I have heard some interesting statements. Recently, a friend with experience in street maintenance and repair told me about a conversation with a Baltimore Village Council member. The council member will remain unnamed. My friend asked the council member why Baltimore’s streets are in such poor condition. The answer he got was, “Have you driven recently in […]

Help needed for bike/skate park

Editor: I am gathering a group of interested people who want to help support our local skate/bike park with some fundraising, repairs, improvements and events. We will be working as a sub-committee with the Buckeye Lake Parks and Recreation Commission. Last summer, I met a young man from Millersport (probably in his late 20s – early 30s) who was very […]

Licking County traffic deaths up in 2013

NEWARK – According to crash reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 14 traffic related deaths in Licking County during 2013. This compares with 10 fatalities in 2012. Of the 14 fatal crashes that occurred, eight (57%) were reported as being alcohol and/or drug related. In other words, at least 50% of crashes that occurred in 2013 could […]

Master Gardener training set

NEWARK – New Master Gardener Volunteer Training applications are now being accepted. If you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy sharing your passion of plants we have a spot for you in our Master Gardener Volunteer program! We are an Award Winning group of gardeners that love to share what we love to do! • State and Regional […]

J. Evan Clark

A funeral service for J. Evan Clark, age 92, of Heath, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 24, at the Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, with Reverend Mark Katrick officiating. A private burial will follow in Lutheran Reform Cemetery in Thornville. Mr. Clark passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at Riverside Methodist […]