Spring Tease



JACKSONTOWN– Just when it seems like spring is years away, the Witch Hazel blooming in Dawes Arboretum reminds us we really don’t have that long to wait for warm weather. But, it isn’t just fans of summer who have come to appreciate Dawes’ Witch Hazel, or Hamamelis, collection. Dawes Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker said that in September of last […]

Lakewood saves money on energy purchases



HEBRON – Lakewood School District still managed to save money on electricity even though the amount it would save through installing new windows was over-estimated, Sabo Limbach Energy Services Project Development Manager Mark Taylor told Lakewood School Board members Jan. 14. “We did not get all the savings back we anticipated on windows,” he said. However, he said the district […]

Analysis & Opinion: Sacrifice needs to be shared



MILLERSPORT – Time is running out for the Walnut Township Local Schools District to submit a plan to eliminate the general fund deficits projected for June 30, 2015 (approximately $100,000), and June 30, 2016, (approximately $1,000,000) in the district’s latest five year forecast. A Dec. 10, 2014, letter from the Ohio Department of Education officially placed the district in “fiscal […]

Letters to the Editor



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Are the books being cooked at the pound?



Editor: Licking County Dog Warden John Silva must have gotten lost on his way to business management classes and went to chef’s school instead! He, in my opinion, is best at “cooking the books” at the pound. ‘Cooking the books’ is a term that is used to create an appearance of something that doesn’t really exist! For example: Trying to […]

Licking Township considering electric aggregation proposal



JACKSONTOWN – Trustees heard a presentation on electric aggregation from Joe Garrett, aggregation specialist with Trebel LLC Tuesday night. Licking Township Trustee President Joe Harts aid trustees made no decision of whether to hire Trebel to represent the township in search of cheaper electricity costs for AEP customers. “This was the first time he even visited us,” he said. “There […]

James E. Duncan



A funeral service for James E. Duncan, 68 of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Buckeye Lake, will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015, at Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N Main St., Utica, with Pastor James Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Newark Memorial Gardens. Mr. Duncan passed away on January 16, 2015, at his residence. He was […]

Dakota Dyar Fields



If you knew Dakota, you knew he was the most Extraordinary Person! Dakota had a certain glow about him; he touched people’s lives coast to coast. Truly “made in the U.S.A., Dakota lived in Florida, Las Vegas and Ohio, making many caring friends wherever he traveled. Born in Florida on December 25, 1990, he was involved in sports from the […]

Ruth Margaret Johnson



Ruth Margaret Johnson, 97, of Baltimore, passed away January 13, 2015, at Rockmill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on October 12, 1917, in Stuttgart, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Willard and Mary Dickson. She is survived by her sons, Bill (Lilyon) Johnson, Jack (Pam) Johnson, Charles Johnson, and John (Sue) Johnson; daughters, Carolyn Morris, Janice (Dale) Flowers, […]

Raymond P. Maxwell



Raymond P. Maxwell, 72, of rural Thornville, passed away January 13, 2015. He was born December 23, 1942, in Zanesville, to the late Beryl and Ada (Williams) Maxwell. Raymond served in the Army and was stationed in Germany. He retired from Rockwell International and was an exceptional electrician, mechanic, farmer, and jack-of-all-trades. Raymond was generous with his time and expertise […]


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