You spoke; did they listen?



LANCASTER – Nearly 500 lakeside residents and property owners jammed Fairfield County’s Liberty Center meeting room Tuesday night to express their concerns about ODNR’s plans to fix the Buckeye Lake Dam. The meeting was structured as a Fairfield County Board of Commissioners meeting – the second public meeting on the dam hosted by commissioners since ODNR released the U.S. Army […]

Trustees upset ODNR ignored them on dam report



JACKSONTOWN – Monday night, Licking Township Trustees agreed they were disappointed trustees were not invited to a state sponsored tele-conference and an emergency management planning meeting regarding Buckeye Lake’s future, and how the state plans to deal with an Army Corps of Engineers grim assessment of the Buckeye Lake dam; the report concludes that dam failure is only a matter […]

Walnut Township Schools eliminate 2015, 2016 deficits



MILLERSPORT – Walnut Township Schools managed to stay out fiscal emergency after the teachers’ union agreed March 9 to a one-year wage freeze without any step increases. The freeze affects all employees that haven’t been affected by earlier cost reductions. District Treasurer Kirk Grandy presented a revised five-year forecast that eliminates the previously projected general fund deficit at the end […]

Letters to the Editor



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Guest column: This dam campaign began last year



The State of Ohio began this campaign last year. First, they raised the water level in the lake by 6” to 892.2, the height of the Sellars Point Spillway. Most of us were very happy to have the extra water in the lake, but had no idea what was really going on. Was this action taken by the State to […]

Panic incitement is irresponsible



Editor: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ODNR did a very good job of blindsiding all of us who live in this area last week with their very calculated announcement on plans for the Buckeye Lake Dam. None of the residents were notified before the media blitz occurred. How irresponsible of them to incite panic in this area by […]

Writer wants lake drained



Editor; Why haven’t the people of Buckeye Lake Village and Hebron been asked what we think should be done about the dam? We will be the most effected if it fails. All I have seen in the newspapers and on the TV is about how the people who only come here on weekends can’t put their boats in the water […]

Pushback comes from fear of ODNR



Editor: In a March 13 article in the Columbus Dispatch, ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said “Yes, there have been multiple reports, and, yes, we’ve known about problems with the dam for years. But every time there was a report, there was an equal amount of pushback, if not more. And with every report there was someone pointing out holes in […]

Gloria J. Anderson



A funeral service for Gloria J. Anderson ws held March 18, 2015, at the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. Burial followed in the Pataskala Cemetery. Gloria, age 72, of Buckeye Lake, passed away March 13, 2015, at the Selma Markowitz Hospice Center in Newark. She was born Christmas Day, 1942, in Victoria, Texas, a daughter of the […]

Carl “Cub” L. Bair



Carl “Cub” L. Bair, 89, of Baltimore, passed away March 14, 2015, at Fairfield Medical Center. He was a World War II US Navy veteran and retired from Fairfield Paper with 38 years of service. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, F.O.E. Aries 2120, Lancaster American Legion Post 11, Past Commander of the Baltimore VFW Post […]


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