Pools cool summer heat wave



THORNVILLE, BALTIMORE – Thanks to this summer’s nearly unrelenting heat and humidity, the Thornville Pool is a popular place these days, said pool manager Amie Romine. “Last weekend was super busy,” she said. Romine said not only is the weather cooperating, but the Thornville Pool is under new management. “It’s going good,” she said. The Baltimore pool’s been popular, too, […]

Fixing brown water top priority



BALTIMORE – “This is our top priority,” Mayor Brad Nicodemus told council members Monday night. The issue is intermittent complaints about discolored water. Village Administrator Teri Wise had reported earlier in the meeting that Ohio EPA personnel had shown up unannounced earlier Monday. The visit was the result of several complaints to Ohio EPA about brown water. Wise said Ohio […]

Village employees frustrated about raises



BUCKEYE LAKE – Monday night, Buckeye Lake Village Council members spent the majority of the meeting discussing providing raises to village employees. Much of the discussion focused on Buckeye Lake Fire Department personnel, beginning with one EMT’s wages in particular. Council member Peggy Wells said she wouldn’t approve the treasurer’s report because of a payroll issue. She said an EMT-Basic […]

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Weeds are covering up docks



Editor: Best I can tell we are not navigating on the Erie Canal or any other ones! Weeds are growing so fast they are covering up my wonderful dirt pile!! Land the docks. Well, the monkey never did know what song the organ grinder was playing! Katfish NeubigLooking at weedsLieb’s IslandMillersport

New waste hauler wins three-year Union Township contract



HEBRON – Union Township Trustees recently awarded a three-year exclusive contract for residential waste transportation and disposal to Shackleford’s Disposal LLC of Newark. Shackelford will begin service in the township’s incorporated areas on Friday, July 1. Pickup days are shifting from Thursdays to Fridays. Shackelford takes over from Waste Management after the national company purchased township contractor Big O Refuse […]

New law expedites legal review of public records request denials



COLUMBUS – Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced Tuesday announced the signing of legislation designed to make it easier for Ohioans to navigate the public records request process. The bill was signed June 28 and will be effective in 90 days. Last month the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 321, which provides an expedited process to an individual who has […]

Drive sober or get pulled over



GRANVILLE – There were 397 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 7th). Of those fatalities, 164 people (41 percent) were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher. In […]

Michael A. “Butch” Brown



A funeral service, celebrating the life of Michael A. “Butch” Brown, age 57, of Columbus, formerly of Johnstown, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 30. 2016, in the chapel of the Thornville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Pastor Doug Lynn officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Ridge Cemetery. Mike was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky […]

Neal W. Burdette, Jr.



Neal W. Burdette, Jr., age 90 of Lancaster, passed away June 28, 2016, at Fairfield Medical Center. He was born on July 21, 1925, in Newark, to the late Neal W. and Mary L. Noel Burdette, Jr. He was a World War II US Army Air Corps veteran receiving a Purple Heart and a retired schoolteacher. Neal was a graduate […]


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