Suddenly…it’s summer?



BUCKEYE LAKE – The ice and snow squalls of early April are distant memories to those who took a break Wednesday after noon and enjoyed some well-earned summer-like sunshine at the North Shore boat ramp. Granted, the lake is devoid of the usual water skiers and powerboats for a second summer as the State of Ohio replaces Buckeye Lake’s 4.1-mile […]

Lakewood plans new online option



HEBRON – Lakewood Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews announced in a Wednesday press release that under its Educational Options Policy, Lakewood is starting a new program, “Lancer Connect,” to benefit resident students and open-enrolled students at Lakewood. “We have partnered with ACE Digital Academy, an online curriculum and education provider of nearly 200 online courses for elementary through high school students,” […]

Septic system inspections to begin in May



JACKSONTOWN –The State of Ohio is requiring the Licking County Department of Heath to inspect the county’s roughly 20,000 residential septic systems. It’s such a huge task that county health officials decided to begin with 11 target areas most likely to uncover problems. Monday night, Chad Brown, director of environmental health, told Licking Township Trustees one of those 11 target […]

Hebron awards resurfacing contract



HEBRON – Village Council members unanimously approved an Ordinance at their April 13 meeting to award a $103,600.80 contract to Spires Paving of Lancaster. Three contractors submitted bids to resurface part of 7th, 8th and Deacon streets during Lakewood School District’s summer break. Spires was the low bidder. The district is letting the contractor stage their equipment in the Hebron […]

Letters to the Editor



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‘Watchdog’ want a change at the pound that benefits animals



Editor: On April 18, 2016, Licking County Chief Dog Warden David Shellhouse and Licking County Prosecutor Ken Oswalt signed their part of an agreement between the Licking County Animal Shelter (dog pound) and the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. The agreement awaits the signature of the President of the Board of Pharmacy and the an assistant Attorney General. Some of the […]

Thanks from Millersport Academic Boosters



Editor: The Millersport Academic Boosters would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their continued support and dedication to our program. Through their generous donations, we are able to carry-out the mission of our boosters, which is to recognize and reward some of our outstanding students here at Millersport Junior High and High School. Our generous donors are: […]

Writer apologizes for police stop



Editor: In last week’s Beacon, Bonnie Mansfield’s letter described a sad day for a nine-year-old boy and his father who lost a young calf due to a coyote attack and a traffic stop in Buckeye Lake Village. It was a heart wrenching account of the father pleading for a delay in a traffic ticket so they could reach the veterinarian […]

Zachery Tyler Farley



A memorial service, celebrating the life of Zachery Tyler Farley, age 21, of Thornville, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Thornville Chapel of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Pastor Ray Mann officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the memorial service on Saturday, from 1:00 to […]

Mark A. Ford



A funeral service, celebrating the life of Mark A. Ford, 59, of Pataskala, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in the chapel of The Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Pastor Matt VanWinkle as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Kirkersville Cemetery. Mark died peacefully April 19, 2016, in Columbus, following an […]


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