Change is in the Air

Autumn colors reach their peak!

JACKSONTOWN– So many people agree autumn is their favorite time of year, with the cool days and spectacular trees. For color, this year’s autumn was, well, okay. “Comparison-wise, we’ve had better,” said Dawes Arboretum Director of Horticulture, Mike Ecker. “If hard frost holds off for another week or so we should continue to see nice color.” So, why do leaves […]

Health Department: Take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge

NEWARK– The Licking County Health Department encourages all Licking County residents to join the hundreds of Ohioans who are protecting their families, friends and pets from secondhand smoke by taking the Smoke-Free Home Pledge at Did you know smoking is the number one cause of home fire deaths in the U.S., and usually it is not the smoker who […]

Trustee delays colleague’s rezoning request

UNION TOWNSHIP – A request by Trustee John Slater and his wife, Penny and township fiscal officer Jessica Slater and her husband, Mark, to rezone some property at 460 National Road, was placed on hold for 20 days while fellow Trustee Charles Prince further considers the request. The Slaters want to change 3.602 acres of land from Agricultural to Rural […]

This is it for election letters

We do NOT publish election letters in our final issue before an election. Your non-election letters are welcomed and encouraged for next week’s issue. We prefer typewritten letters of 250 words or less. All letters must be signed and include your name, address, and a daytime phone number where we can reach you for confirmation purposes. All letters published will […]

Children need our help

Editor: This is an important message to the citizens of Licking County. The more than 3,000 abused and neglected children in Licking County need our help! On November 4th, please Keep Caring and join me in supporting our community’s abused and neglected children by voting YES on the Children Services Replacement Levy. As a replacement levy, this is not a […]

More support for Issue 3

Editor: I am a proud 1981 graduate of Millersport High School. I strongly support the passage of the upcoming levy (Issue 3) for the Walnut Township School District. Let me explain why. Through my years at Millersport, I was given the extra tutoring, mentoring, and attention I needed to succeed in my classes, as well as my extra -curricular activities. […]

Van Buren introduces himself

Editor: I am Mark Van Buren, candidate for Licking County Commissioner. This election is about issues, not political labels, which affect the quality of life for all residents. For instance, 99 Licking County bridges are determined to be deficient. Our county roads are deteriorating because of the lack of funding, yet Licking County’s projected carry over is 14.3 million dollars, […]

Black asks for support

Editor: I’m Rick Black, candidate for Licking County Commissioner. I’m asking for your support and your vote in the November 4 election. I bring some unique talents and qualifications to the Commissioners office: * Agriculture is a major industry in Licking County, and my primary occupation for nearly 40 years has been owner/ operator of a fifth-generation family farm in […]

Stevenson introduces herself

Editor: My name is Teresa Stevenson and I am currently the Perry County Auditor. My 26 years experience in the Auditor’s Office serving as Deputy Clerk, Interim Auditor, and then Auditor provide me with the background knowledge needed to operate the Perry County Auditor’s Office. My husband, Dean and I are life-long residents of Perry County, and raised our three […]

Schools demand funds for payroll

Editor: Like every other social concept — health care, “church”, government, what began as a benevolent bureaucracy needing funds to care for others, the public education business is now a large scale municipal employer threateningly demanding funds to meet its payroll. Kenn FarleyWalnut Township