The Reason for the Season



BALTIMORE – Sometimes the origin of Christmas gets lost in the bright lights and is overshadowed by Santa Claus. Last weekend two lake area churches recreated the stark nativity scene. marking the birth of Jesus Christ. New Zion United Methodist Church’s live nativity scene last Saturday evening is featured here. In Thornville, Trinity United Church of Christ presented its 21st […]

Lakewood bypasses voters to borrow 2.5 million for new stadium



HEBRON – Tuesday night, Lakewood School Board members by a 3-2 vote agreed to spend $2.5 million toward a new stadium during a special meeting (the board usually meets on Wednesdays). Lakewood Athletic Boosters will pay for a turf field, but the district will finance the rest. Board member Steve Thorp voted against the measure, as did board member Tim […]

Four firefighters get six-month reprieve



HEBRON – Four full-time Hebron firefighters learned Wednesday that their full-time jobs are safe for at least six months. The former part-time firefighters were moved to full-time status in 2014 after Hebron received a $600,000 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response ) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant’s initial term ran out last week even […]

Council wants to work with Planning Commission



BUCKEYE LAKE- Monday night, Buckeye Lake Village Council approved the appointment of a new member to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Debora Julian will fill the seat vacated by John Hanson who resigned in late September. Julian is the Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the In-Store Division of U.S. Bank overseeing over 100 locations in Ohio, Northern Kentucky, […]

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Writer questions borrowing $2.5 million for new Lakewood stadium



Editor: It’s easier to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. Lakewood’s $2.6 million plus sports stadium will be built without taxpayer approval thanks to the creative financing of the “award-winning” treasurer. She has at least 10 awards according to the school board President Judy White at Tuesday night’s special board meeting. Twenty-six parents, a dozen students and a few toddlers […]

Police protocol needed to protect animals



Editor: On the morning of November 9th, Buckeye Lake Police Chief Jimmy Hanzey goes to the parking lot of a local business where a car has been sitting, apparently for a couple of days. He finds a seriously ill woman in the car with her dog and two cats. The chief calls the squad who transports the woman to the […]

Thomas W. Apple



A funeral service, celebrating the life of Thomas W. Apple, 78, of Hebron, was held December 10, 2016, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation service, with Pastor Randy Small as celebrant. Tom will be laid to rest in the Kirkersville Cemetery next to his beloved wife Janit at a later date. Tom died peacefully […]

Shelby Jean Chmielewski



A funeral service celebrating the life of Shelby Jean Chmielewski, age 71, of Millersport, was held December 14, 2016, at the Thornville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Pastor Jeremy Shank officiating. Burial will follow at Vinton Memorial Park in Vinton County, Ohio. Shelby was born in Welch, WV, on December 18, 1945, to the late John and […]

Janet Y. Fishbaugh



A graveside funeral service for Janet Y. Fishbaugh, age 74, of Kirkersville, was held December 14, 2015, at Kirkersville Cemetery, with Pastor Cal Alexander officiating. Janet was born in Licking County on May 11, 1942, to the late Walter A. Yerian and Leona M. (Huffman) Trimble. She passed away on December 9, 2016, at Mt. Carmel East. Prior to retirement, […]


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