‘We can’t make enough cuts…’



LANCASTER – The biggest lake-area issue in Fairfield County was Issue 3 – Walnut Township Local School’s request for 8.8 mills which includes the renewal of an emergency levy raising $258,000. Levy supporters ran a spirited campaign right up to the close of polls Tuesday evening. A LakerPalooza began Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. at the football field with live […]

Buckeye Lake levies approved; Black elected



BUCKEYE LAKE– Two Buckeye Lake Village levies passed handily Nov. 4. According to unofficial results, a renewal of a five-year, 0.8 mill operating levy, which is used just to pay for streetlights, was approved 276 votes in favor to 173 against, or 61.47 percent to 39.47 percent. Also, a renewal of a fiveyear, three mill police levy was approved similarly […]

Commissioner reelected; auditor defeated



NEW LEXINGTON – Incumbent Republican Perry County Commissioner David Freriks handily held onto his position, defeating Democratic challenger Todd Shafer 5,378 votes to 3,546 votes, or 60.26 percent to 39.74 percent, according to unofficial results following Tuesday night’s election. “It was good, we worked really hard,” Freriks said, while in the process of collecting political signs Wednesday morning. He thanked […]

Prince insists on fixing acreage issue for everyone affected



UNION TOWNSHIP – Union Township Trustee John Slater said Monday night that he is confused as to why Trustee Charles Prince is delaying granting a zoning change Slater requested. Slater and his wife, Penny, and township fiscal officer Jessica Slater and her husband, Mark, want to rezone some property at 460 National Road. The Slaters want to change 3.602 acres […]

Lakewood down to two in superintendent search



HEBRON – It’s by no means certain, but Licking County Educational Service Center Superintendent Nelson McCray said the Lakewood School Board has narrowed its superintendent search down to two candidates and may announce a decision during its Nov. 12 board meeting. “They are down to two (candidates) for second interviews this Wednesday (Nov. 5),” Mc- Cray said. “It will take […]

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‘It is the anchor of our community’



Editor, I am so saddened that the Walnut Township School Levy did not pass. I was blessed by being raised in the Walnut Township local school district. I had opportunities through this district that I feel have advanced me in my life. I feel that I bring a unique perspective to the understanding of what Walnut Township schools are like. […]

Robert W. Hommon



A funeral service for Robert W. Hommon, age 89, of Hebron, was held November 4, 2014, at the Hebron Chapel of Hoskinson Funeral Home with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. Private burial services were held at Newark Memorial Gardens. Robert was born in Newark, on January 30, 1925, to the late Roland and Mary (Hatfield) Hommon. He passed away at Licking […]

V. Pearl Hutton



V. Pearl Hutton, 97 years, six months of Baltimore, Ohio journeyed to Canaan Land on October 31, 2014. Parents Melzer and Bertha (Saxton) Hutton brought her into this world May 1, 1917, in Rutland, Ohio. The twelfth of 13 children, she is preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers, Jimmy, Edward, Charles (Baltimore), Arliegh, Manning, George, Elba, and Irvin […]

Hebron to host bi-weekly STD clinic



NEWARK – This month, the Licking County Health Department is launching free STD clinics for Licking County residents at satellite locations across the county in addition to their weekly Tuesday afternoon clinic held at the department’s office in Newark. The first of these satellite clinics will be held the second and fourth Fridays of every month from 11 a.m. to […]


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