Looking back at 2015

BUCKEYE LAKE AREA – Here are some of the top stories from 2015. The top story in 2015 will likely retain that title for several more years. Of course, it’s the “Dam Story”! It has more subplots than a “ Real Housewives” series including life-changing surprises, backstabbing, lies, betrayal, misdirection, government conspiracies, fantasies and real-life hardships. A new chapter started […]

Township road supervisors retires after 22 years

JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township Trustees, in their final 2015 meeting Dec. 28, bid farewell to longtime road supervisor Steve Patterson, who is retiring. He served the township for 22 years, only missing two days on the job in all that time, said Trustee Dave Miller. Patterson’s official retirement day is Feb. 1, but he has four weeks of vacation time, […]

Letters to the Editor

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New mayor supports income tax

Editor: I’m writing to inform Village of Millersport residents about the issues facing us in 2016, starting with the Village Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12. I am encouraging council members to vote “yes” on the third reading to enact a 1% income tax on earned income for the following reasons: First, the village can no longer […]

Need a new dam plan

Editor: The Liebs Island road problem has obviously been aggravated by all the ODNR truck traffic. How about no more dam(n) ODNR construction trucks on Liebs Island Road until Liebs Island Road is repaired and upgraded and PAID FOR by ODNR. If the dam(n) bureaucrats can’t get the work done by March 1, 2016, then CLOSE THE LAKE SPILLWAY AND […]

North Pole needs help

Editor: Matt Simon, who owns the North Pole Custard place in Buckeye Lake, has been hit hard by the Buckeye Lake Dam crisis. Business was way down this summer, forcing him to close for the winter. He is also not eligible for State funds or loans. Further impacting his business has been his inability to negotiate a lower electric rate […]

What’s wrong with old dirt?

Editor: Cindy (at Hunts), I know what you’re saying about the Lake “500” – same on the island! Now, we have traffic lights. At least they are red & green for the Holidays! What about the snowplow? Where’s it going to put the piles? In between the barrels? Talk about a SNOW Job! And we are getting “Fresh” Dirt. Didn’t […]

Buckeye Lake Police thanked

Editor: I want to thank the Buckeye Lake Police Officers for working so hard to keep our streets safe. With no sidewalks in most of our village, people walk on the streets. Speeders put us all in danger and I appreciate our officers for trying to build a reputation that we will not tolerate dangerous drivers in our community. That […]

Richard “Rich” Warren Antle

Funeral services for Richard “Rich” Warren Antle were held December 28, 2015, at Brucker- Kishler Funeral Home, Newark, with Dave Branham presiding. Interment followed at Hanover Cemetery. Mr. Antle, age 56, passed away December 22, 2015, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was born May 15, 1959, in Lancaster, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Moody) Antle. […]

Vernon Eugene Bigler

Vernon Eugene Bigler, age 92, died peacefully at his home in Baltimore, on December 16, 2015. Vern was born on Oct. 31, 1923, to his parents, Edward and Mary Bigler, on a farm in Powhatan Point, OH. He was the eighth of nine children. He had wonderful memories of childhood, and recollected often about coon hunting, plowing with horses, and […]