LAKE AREA – It seems both Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Lake’s Benny the Bass got it right this year by each predicting six more weeks of winter—Phil saw his shadow and Benny didn’t take the bait. Storm after storm has passed through the Lake Area this month. With a brutally cold weekend forecasted, according to accuweather.com, no real relief in […]

Elementary school repairs to cost $223,935

BALTIMORE – Emergency replacement of the heating unit and chiller at the Liberty Union- Thurston Elementary School plus replacement of the gymnasium’s rooftop HVAC will cost $223,935. Board members unanimously waived competitive bidding at their Feb. 9 meeting. Captal City has been selected to do the work. Now school officials have their fingers crossed that the units don’t fail before […]

Thorn Township fire chief resigns

THORNVILLE – Thorn Township Fire Department Chief Cheyenne Wells resigned his position Feb. 11 following a contentious trustees meeting that night. “I didn’t not resign because I didn’t want or like the job,” Wells said. “Ask any firefighter, it is the greatest job in the world. I did so because I’ve seen no change to (the trustees’) decisions in the […]

Mayor: Village with a vision

BALTIMORE – It was an unlikely scenario for the 16th annual Baltimore State of the Village address Monday morning at Liberty Union High School, when the temperature outside hovered around zero degrees. “We have the largest crowd with the lowest temperatures,” said Baltimore Mayor Robert Kalish. “In a big way Baltimore is laying the groundwork for the future, because that’s […]

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Employee’s exit interview letter details problems at dog pound

Editor: More expenditures at the Licking County Animal Shelter (aka Dog Pound) include meals paid for by the County for three employees at “firearms training” for three days that was allegedly in Ashland County. However, meals were eaten in Mt. Vernon, Ohio (except for one that Silva had the last day) and paid for by the County. The meals (breakfast […]

Grandy leaving Walnut Township Schools

MILLERSPORT – Walnut Township Local Schools board members unanimously accepted District Treasurer Kirk Grandy’s resignation at a very brief special meeting on Feb. 11. Grandy’s resignation is effective August 1. He’s been the district’s treasurer/ chief financial officer since January 16, 2007. Grandy came to Walnut Township Schools from Southern Local School District in Perry County. For four years of […]

Cherrington named to Licking County Board of Elections

COLUMBUS -Secretary of State Jon Husted has appointed Grace Cherrington as a member of the Licking County Board of Elections. Ms. Cherrington will complete the unexpired term of Steve Harrington. State law requires bipartisan representation on each of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Each board is made up of two Republican members and two Democratic members, all of whom […]


A story about Buckeye Lake Village Council meeting last week said Licking Township pays $250 per run to the Buckeye Lake Village Fire Department for fire and EMS runs to the Maple Bay area. The charge is $350.

Robin D. Glaub

Funeral services are incomplete for Robin D. Glaub, 57, of Thornville who died on Monday, February 16, 2015. Reed-Eagan Funeral Home, Newark is assisting the family with arrangements.