Major Orchestration

Coordinating the Lancaster Festival is no small affair

LANCASTER– For those wondering if it’s easy to coordinate all the different venues that create the annual Lancaster Fair, said Orchestral Administrator Ann Chess; it’s not. “It’s the volunteers who keep us going,” she said. “It’s their dedication that makes it work.” More than 600 volunteers donate their time each year for preparations at nearly 30 venues around town during […]

Lawsuit over sale of old firehouse is settled



THORNVILLE– A lawsuit over the sale of the former Thornville/ Thorn Township firehouse in the Village of Thornville is settled, and the building is back in the hands of the township and village following a lengthy suit. In 2011, Thorn Township advertised and “sold” the former firehouse, located in downtown Thornville at 25 E. Columbus St., to former Thorn Township […]

Walnut Township rolling the dice on levies



MILLERSPORT- It may seem like a risky strategy at first, but it’s not really when one looks at the facts, said Walnut Township Schools Treasurer Kirk Grandy Monday night. “It will be additional money (from) the taxpayers,” he said. Monday night, board members unanimously approved a resolution declaring the intent to place a renewal emergency tax levy with an increase […]

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Golf cart owners were mislead



Editor: First, Buckeye Lake Village Council tries to take away our freedom of speech. Now they are misleading residents. Last November (2013), I went to the Buckeye Lake Police Department to inquire about the rules for golf carts. I wanted a golf cart that I could ride on Ohio 79 and other roads in the village. I was told that […]

Central Ohio home sales heat up



COLUMBUS – There were 2,856 central Ohio homes and condos sold in June 2014, an 11.2 percent increase over the previous month, although down 3.3 percent from June 2013. With an inventory level of 9,247, the number of homes on the market is 5.5 percent higher than May 2014, according to the Columbus REALTORS(r) Multiple Listing Service (MLS). “The number […]

Union Township completing road resurfacing early this year



UNION TOWNSHIP – Trustees learned Monday night that their major road resurfacing projects should be wrapped up in another week or two if weather cooperates. Two weeks earlier, trustees unanimously awarded a $168,000 contract to Small’s Asphalt of Gambier. Small’s was the lowest bidder across all projects when trustees opened bids June 6. The Shelly Company was the only other […]

New signs drawing attention



BUCKEYE LAKE – Evacuation route signs that appeared last Thursday in Buckeye Lake Village are generating plenty of attention, and the directors of the Licking and Fairfield county EMA offices couldn’t be happier. “We’re anxious to get the word out,” said Fairfield County EMA Director Jon Kochis. He emphasized that the new bold blue signs scattered throughout Buckeye Lake Village […]

John J. Bralley



John J. Bralley of Hebron, passed away July 15, 2014, at Licking Memorial Hospital. His body was donated to medical science. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann Bralley; sons, Michael (Kim) Bralley of Magnolia, NC, and David (Molly) Bralley of Newark; his daughter, Debbie Bralley of Newark; stepsons, Kevin (Tina) Wigal of Zanesville and Gary (Gloria) […]

Harold C. Freas



Harold C. Freas, age 62, of Hebron, passed away July 17, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 28, 1952, in Newark, son of the late Harold A. and Helen (Hayes) Freas. Harold was a skilled carpenter who was employed with the Local 200 Carpenters Union. He was an honorary member of the SOAMC. He enjoyed playing guitar, […]


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