It’s the season to give

LAKE AREA– Pizza “Ria’s,” Too owner Ria Fox said she’s proud of everyone who contributed to the Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department’s holiday toy drive, particularly Grant Marsh, a young man from Pleasantville who donated money he raised collecting recyclable cans to purchase presents for local children in need. “John Layton of the Thurston fire department has given the toy drive […]

Council members not bowing to complaint about prayer

BALTIMORE – Monday night’s village council meeting opened with the Lord’s Prayer as has been done for years. But before leading the recitation, Mayor Brad Nicodemus said a complaint had been received about opening the meetings with a prayer. Mentioning a friend injured in the OSU terrorist attack that morning, Nicodemus said he was exercising his prerogative as meeting chair […]

ODNR’s efforts to control building on private property draw fire

BUCKEYE LAKE – ODNR has no right to deny North Bank residents building permits without written authorization, said Buckeye Lake Village Council member Tim Ryan Monday night. “There is a situation going on around the village,” he said. Ryan said he spoke with zoning inspector Bob Jordan regarding the issuance of zoning permits. “Apparently, we have a verbal comment from […]

Wells drying up in Jacksontown

JACKSONTOWN- Jacksontown’s water table is sinking and residents are very worried. “We’ve been in droughts before, but there’s no way everybody’s wells are going to dry up at once,” said Jacksontown homeowner Jim Douglass. He said he’s had to lower his water pump 20 feet since Licking County installed a $4 million EPA mandated sewer system. The deadline to connect […]

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ODNR now trying to control private property

Dam-front residents along North Bank and West Bank have taken a lot of abuse since March 2015. ODNR’s March 2015 ‘Blitzkrieg’ campaign to take total control of the dam project and our local economy portrayed them as wealthy and selfish obstructionists who for years stood in the way of ODNR’s efforts to maintain and upgrade the dam. That was complete […]

Gwendolyn (Jeffrey) Walker

Gwendolyn (Jeffrey) Walker, age 66 of Baltimore, lost her battle with cancer November 28, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was a 1968 graduate of Bloom- Carroll High School and retired as a lead accounting tech/deputy dispensing officer for D.F.A.S. in Columbus, with 22 years of service. She was a longtime Pataskala Church of the Nazarene […]

Elizabeth “Betsy” Wheeler

A funeral service for Elizabeth “Betsy” Wheeler was held November 26, 2016, at Brucker Kishler Funeral Home, Newark. Betsy, age 55, of Thornville, passed away on November 22, 2016, at her home. She was born on February 27, 1961, in Dayton, O to Robert and Janice (Stalter) Wolff. Betsy is survived by her mother; her beloved husband of 32 years, […]

Housing demand in Licking County still strong

COLUMBUS – Licking County’s average home sold price was $176,175 from January through October of this year, up 4% over the first ten months of 2015. There were 2,103 existing homes and condominiums sold in this year’s first ten months, up 8.2% from the same period last year when there were 1,944 homes sold, according to the Columbus REALTORS Multiple […]

Things to do…

Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Holiday Greenery Workshop – 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and noon – 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and noon – 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Cost: $25 members; $35 non-members. Pick a session to create a festive arrangement of […]