Dawes Japanese Garden on track to reopen May 30th

JACKSONTOWN– Dawes Arboretum’s Japanese Garden is on schedule to reopen May 30 for its 50th anniversary following two years of renovations. “We’ll have activities and tours of what we’ve done,” said Dawes Public Relations Director Laura Appleman. “We raised over $70,000 for this garden renovation. It is a fantastic example of local community’s support of what we do and our […]

Licking Township rejects zoning change for Dollar General

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees unanimously accepted recommendations from both the Licking Township Zoning Commission and the Licking County Planning Commission to deny a zoning change to allow retail sales in areas of the township zoned for industrial use. Trustees’ decision stopped plans to construct a Dollar General store one lot north of the GolfWorks facility on Ohio 13. Monday […]

Leave wildlife in the wild

COLUMBUS – Spring is here and it’s the season to enjoy spotting young wildlife. Each year, Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials offer this simple advice, enjoy wildlife from a distance and leave young animals in the wild. Many adult wild animals will leave their young offspring alone while they forage for food, or to divert the attention of potential […]

Quick dam resolution urged

NEWARK- The faster Buckeye Lake’s new dam is built, the better, said David Pierce of Weldon’s Ice Cream, who chimed in via cell phone during a Tuesday afternoon Licking County Commissioners meeting with ODNR spokesman John Wisse. “We simply need to fast track this whole thing,” Pierce said. “We’re in peril.” Ohio Governor John Kasich announced March 19 that Buckeye […]

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What’s ODNR really up to?

The Buckeye Lake dam crisis is now six weeks old. It started when a couple of residents noticed that ODNR did not close the regulatory spillway in Buckeye Lake Village as traditionally done on March 1. ODNR Director James Zehringer had pledged in an August 13, 2014, letter to Buckeye Lake Dam stakeholders to work with the community “in an […]

Resident responds to dock removal threat

Editor: This is my letter responding to an ODNR letter giving me 14 days to remove my West Bank dock. Dear Mr. Obermiller, Your letter of March 26,2015 regarding our dock gives us 14 days to remove the dock and threatens us with damages because you have‘ recently became “aware” that the dock is “impermissibly constructed on state property.” We […]

Media reports exaggerate dam issue

Editor: Advocate reporter Kent Mallet misrepresented comments at an April 8 Licking County Commissioners’ meeting in his story “More warning, faster work sought for Buckeye Lake Dam.” Mallet claimed that property owners were seeking an accelerated construction timetable on building a new dam “because of fear the existing structure will fail.” I attended that meeting to hear the update from […]

L. Berniece Bibler

L. Berniece Bibler, 92, of Baltimore, passed away on April 1, 2015, at the Inn at Fairfield Village in Lancaster. She was born May 16, 1922, to the late, James Lee and Nellie Irene (Foltz) Smith. She was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, Baltimore; the Baltimore VFW #3761, as a life member of the Auxiliary; and […]

Harold Eugene Dugan

A graveside service, celebrating the life of Harold Eugene Dugan, 82, of Hebron, was held April 8, 2015, in the Kirkersville Cemetery, where he was laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Millie. Full Military honors were conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance. Harold was born November 23, 1932, in Sinking Springs, the son of the late Joseph […]