It Finally Arrived

Mild winter gives way to snow and cold

LAKE AREA- Well, we knew it had to happen eventually. A mild winter seemed to vanish with 2015 as 2016 brought with it snow, blustery winds, and finally some snow days for lake area students. National Weather Service meteorologist Brandon Peloquin said Licking County received three inches of snow Tuesday and experienced wind gusts up to 36 miles per hour. […]

Showdown coming on sewer contract



THORNVILLE – Perry County Commissioners plan to meet with Thornville Village Council members Jan. 25 to discuss the county’s sewer contract with the village. While the commissioners believe the contract requires meeting, Thornville’s mayor questions whether the meeting really is required or even if it’s necessary. Previously, the commissioners stated they plan to end their sewer service contract with Thornville […]

Zwissler to lead Buckeye Lake Village Council



BUCKEYE LAKE – Until Monday night’s Buckeye Lake Village Council meeting, there were literally only two members officially on council – Peggy Wells and Kitty Zwissler. Incumbents Arletta Ruton, Tom Wolfe, and Robert Masone terms had expired at the end of the year. Though all had been reelected, they and new member Douglas Poorman had not taken the oath of […]

Hochradel to lead LU-T School Board



BALTIMORE – Shaun Hochradel was unanimously selected as the new board president for the Liberty Union – Thurston School District Monday night. He was nominated by outgoing president John Hutton who had served as board president for several years. Board member John Walter M.D. was unanimously elected vice president. The board will continue to hold its regular monthly meeting at […]

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Get out early next Saturday



If you care about the future of our Buckeye Lake community, we encourage you to get up early enough to be at Lakewood High School by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. It’s your first chance to weigh in on the future of the Buckeye Lake Region. After nearly 18 months of being treated like mushrooms by the Ohio Department […]

It’s time to weigh in on next year’s school calendar



Editor: Last year the Walnut Township Board of Education, upon recommendation of the Superintendent and request of the teachers, changed the school calendar to start school a week earlier than normal. It will soon be time (February or March meeting) to approve the calendar for the 2016-2017 school year. I urge everyone to contact a school board member or attend […]

‘Watchdog’ checking out time sheets at the pound; caring for dumped cats



Editor: According to public records (time sheets), and just as I suspected, Licking County dog pound employee Larry Williams (whom I believe is a Knox County resident) was paid for three hours overtime on a call that he was dispatched on at 10:37 p.m. by the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and then DISREGARDED at 10:49 p.m. (because the City […]

Thomas Phillip “Phil” Cooper, Jr.



Thomas Phillip “Phil” Cooper, Jr., age 69, of Thornville, passed away January 9, 2016, at his home. Phil was born October 25, 1946, in Newark, to the late Thomas Phillip Cooper, Sr. and Mary Kathleen (Williams) Cooper. Phil was a veteran of the United States Army and served during Vietnam. He was employed by the Perry County Engineer’s Office and […]

Timothy “Tim” Patrick Gray



Timothy “Tim” Patrick Gray, 49, of Lancaster, went to his heavenly home, after an extended battle with M.S. on January 8, 2016. Tim loved the outdoors, where he could often be found hunting or fishing. He also enjoyed drawing and painting. Tim is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Jodi Gray; parents, Carl and Barb Gray; brothers, Joe […]


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