Back To The Swamp

BUCKEYE LAKE – ODNR finally stopped draining Buckeye Lake last Saturday – nearly 50 days after the regulatory spillway gate in Buckeye Lake Village is traditionally closed to begin the fill-up to summer pool. The lake reached ODNR’s newly defined ‘winter pool’ of 888.75 last Thursday. The water level had dropped below the gate level at the Buckeye Lake Village […]

Trustees discuss how much to spend on road repairs

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees are doing what they can to maintain the township’s roads without dipping into monetary reserves. Trustee Dave Miller will work with Licking County Engineer Bill Lozier and Assistant Engineer Kurt Simross to prioritize the township’s roads to determine which are in the most need of repair. There was some disagreement among trustees during a lengthy […]

Buckeye Lake evacuation drill set for Saturday

BUCKEYE LAKE – Seven agencies – Fairfield and Licking county Emergency Management agencies, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Buckeye Lake Police and Fire departments and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office – are conducting the emergency evacuation drill starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. They will be assisted by the American Red Cross and the […]

Opportunities for summer employment

NEWARK – Licking County residents between the ages of 16- 24 may qualify for summer jobs. The opportunities include building maintenance, landscaping, food service, clerical and many more. There are household income restrictions. For applicants 18-24, there must be a minor child in the home. Call 740-670-8700 for an appointment at OhioMeansJobs to apply. A parent/guardian must accompany any applicants […]

Letters to the Editor

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Guest column: 2-1-1 assistance is available 24/7

Every day, hundreds of people in Licking, Perry and Fairfield counties find the help they need quickly, conveniently and free of charge simply by dialing 2-1-1. However, there are still many people who have never heard of 2-1-1. Given the events impacting the Buckeye Lake community, it is an important time to raise awareness of 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 service is […]

School board needs to show leadership

Editor: Up until recently, voters have approved Walnut Township School levies to improve the education of our students. In return, our students have received used worn-out schoolbooks and lower test scores. Our teachers have very limited supplies and teaching equipment. Students find it more difficult to do research reports and get to school. In recent years, we’ve had several superintendents. […]

A $150 million dam is outrageous

Editor: I’ve had a boat in Buckeye Lake for years. My family members have two cottages here. I just hate to see what is happening to Buckeye Lake. I don’t understand how fixing the dam needs to cost $150 million. I’m familiar with seawalls in Florida that use steel pilings driven into the bottom. Building a concrete wall is outrageous […]

‘I want my swamp back’

Editor: Hey does anyone else remember the old C/W song “Your Toes are Spreading Apart My Dear from Walking in the Mud” (don’t remember who sang it – 1940’s ??) Now more than ever!! I want my swamp back. Catfish NeubigDirt view from Leibs Island

Inventory of homes for sale remains at record lows

COLUMBUS – Central Ohio saw a healthy increase in contracts and closings last month despite the lagging number of homes for sale in central Ohio. The 2,147 houses, condos and townhomes which changed hands in March 2015 were up 47.8 percent over the previous month (1,453) and 16.6 percent over the previous year (1,842). Year to date, home sales are […]