Gearing up for the 4th of July



LAKE AREA– With a beautiful weekend in store for the upcoming July 4 weekend (according to accuweather.com Tuesday), local taverns and restaurants are gearing up for an incredibly busy few days. Some local establishments are even rolling out new features just in time for the celebration. “It’s all we can do just keep beer in stock,” said Buckeye Lake Brewery […]

Hebron to re-advertise fire chief opening



HEBRON – Work on the Kelly and Westview drives repaving project could start as early as Monday, July 7, Village Administrator Ralph Wise told council members last Wednesday. Kokosing Construction will spend most of the time constructing new curbs and 59 driveway aprons. Actual repaving will take about two days. Wise also reported that Eloise Lothes of Meadowbrook Apartments generously […]

Baltimore Festival to take a year off



BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Festival will have to wait until 2015 to celebrate its 26th anniversary. Festival Board President Cindi Thompson announced Monday in an open letter that the annual Johnson Park festival will not be held this year. She wrote, “After much thought, and with a heavy heart,The Baltimore Festival Association will be cancelling this year’s festival. For 26 […]

Construction will take holiday break



BUCKEYE LAKE- Buckeye Lake Police Chief James Hanzey said road construction crews resurfacing Ohio 79 through Buckeye Lake Village are expected to be completely out of the village by noon Thursday to create room for visitors in town to see the BLASST fireworks at 10 p.m. Thursday and enjoy all the other weekend festivities the July 4 weekend has to […]

Letters to the Editor



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Guest Column: Lessons from our forefathers



In the coming days, many of us will gather with family and friends for parades, picnics and fireworks in honor of the 238th anniversary of the day our forefathers decided to formally take a stand, a day which is widely recognized as the first step in the birth of our great nation. I recently took a moment to re-examine the […]

Drawing for meat raises $1,403



Editor: The Bower and Son Meats fundraiser for the Millersport Pool was a success, raising $1,403 through the annual drawing for gift certificates. Thanks to Jim Bower and his family for the gift certificates. The $75 winner was Amanda Bruckelmeyer; the $50 winner was Buffey Thorne; and the $25 winner was Joe Thomas. Whenever anything needs to be done for […]

UPS driver thanks customers



Editor: To my lake area customers, June 20th was my last day at UPS, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friends I have made during my 19 years servicing the Thornville area. You have made me part of your lives and, surely, you have been a large part of my life. I will miss […]

Alcohol leading factor in boating deaths



COLUMBUS – Alcohol use while boating is a leading factor in boater deaths nationwide, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Alcohol also increases fatigue. Alcohol use is dangerous for passengers as well. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening accidents. During last […]

Darla Jean (Pillow) Blade



A funeral service, celebrating the life of Darla Jean (Pillow) Blade, 57, of Racine, formerly of Columbus, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, with her cousin Pastor Randy Clay as celebrant. Burial will follow at Fairmount Cemetery, near Jacksontown. Darla died June […]


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