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Area pools open for business!!!

THORNVILLE, MILLERSPORT– It’s hot; it’s humid; it’s time for a dip. Thornville and Millersport residents welcomed the opening of their community pools. “The pool’s going great. We’re open for business,” said Thornville Administrator Beth Patrick. “We could maybe use just a little more cooperation from the weather.” She said this spring’s fickle weather, between stifling hot and stormy, gloomy days […]

Fire chief: Three-mill fire levy needed



JACKSONTOWN- Licking Township Fire Company Chief Mike Wilson told Licking Township Trustees Monday night he would like the township to place an additional three-mill permanent fire levy on the ballot. “I know you guys know how busy we are,” Wilson said. He said the fire company has been working with the same two mills since the fire company was created. […]

Lakewood freshmen, sophomores to get laptops



HEBRON – A laptop computer can be more cost effective than textbooks and infinitely more useful to students, Lakewood High School Principal Scott Coffey told the Lakewood School Board June 10. “It doesn’t change the fact we need gifted teachers,” he said, but providing Lakewood High School students with laptops would go a long way toward improving their education. Beginning […]

West Nile Virus found



NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department found West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes in traps set near the area of Park Trails Subdivision. The area was sprayed last week. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, which includes puddles, stagnant ditches, and containers such as old tires, buckets, cans, neglected swimming pools and flower pots. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, including […]

Letters to the Editor



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BLASST is on!



Editor: OK, it was a struggle with a few battles, but there will be a mini BLASST at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 3. The fireworks will be launched from Fairfield Beach, just to the east of our site in recent years. For those of you who have always watched from Fairfield Beach, the safety zone for the new launch […]

Send your own letter to the Governor



Editor: Re your Open Letter to Gov. Kasich, right on! No truer or wiser words have been written regarding the dam fiasco. Let us hope that Gov. Kasich gets the message. I encourage everyone (residents and visitors alike) to write their own letter (or call) to the Governor in support of the Beacon’s eloquent disquisition. My letter to the Gov. […]

Why aren’t cofferdams being considered?



Editor: From those of us who have loved and enjoyed Buckeye Lake for years… you now hear of our devastating loses both through enjoyment and loss of income. Do not think that because of this we still do not love and enjoy the beauty of our lake. The sunrises and the sunsets, the bellowing of storm, the clouds that only […]

Warden’s retirement isn’t soon enough



Editor: The last John may have been flushed at the Licking County dog pound. Licking County Dog Warden John Silva is retiring effective October 1st of this year. I hope his retirement is peaceful but I also wish it were sooner. Perhaps he could get the EMA Director to move him back to Cuyahoga County in one of the county […]

‘I miss my swamp’



Editor: FYI to new folks coming to gape and stare! There are a few songs and sayings I’d rather not hear like “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay;” “How highs the water momma;” “How dry I am;” “Drove my Chevy to the Levy…;” “All in same boat;” “Whatever floats your boat;” and “Water over the dam.” Gwad I miss […]


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