Q&A: ODNR refers to ‘potential’ boating season



LIEB’S ISLAND – Precious lake water continues to flow out the lake drain at the Seller’s Point spillway. The drain has now been open for nearly two weeks. The lake level peaked just above 889.30 – about nine and a half inches above ODNR’s ‘new winter pool’ on January 5. It appears that the Seller’s Point lake drain was opened […]

On-line surplus sale nets township tidy return



JACKSONTOWN – Licking Township netted nearly $30,000 by posting old township equipment on govdeals.com. “We will net $29,996,” said Trustee John Holman. Items sold include a dump truck, a pumper truck, a tanker truck, a roller with a trailer, a rear scraper, and a snowplow. Holman said the roller and pumper truck finally sold, meaning all items were sold through […]

Lakewood to start discussing new elementary school Jan. 26



HEBRON – Hebron Elementary School Principal Dee Martindale would be pleased to see fewer stairs in a new elementary school building. “Our current building is not very handicap accessible so having one story would be nice,” she said. According to a press release, Lakewood Local Schools is beginning the concept planning process for a new district elementary school. In 2015, […]

Morris elected village council president



HEBRON – Alayna Morris was elected village council president at the council’s organizational meeting last Wednesday. She replaces Jim Friend. Morris is just the second woman to serve as council president. Council member Annelle Porter was the first. Wayne Carruthers will continue to represent council on the Planning & Zoning Board. Committee assignments are the same as last year. They […]

Letters to the Editor



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It’s time to can the charter



Editor: In November 2003, voters approved a charter for the Village of Buckeye Lake. It was revised in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In good faith, residents thought they were getting a good product. They did not. It’s a widely-held opinion that the charter is poorly written, contradictory and somewhat obsolete. Recently, an attorney from the Ohio Municipal League even cited […]

Selective hearing is a problem



Editor: I was a little surprised when I read a story in The Beacon where Buckeye Lake Village Council member Arletta (Cricket) Ruton had made the statement at the January 9th council meeting, “These people elect us and we need to listen to them!” And I was SHOCKED when I saw that Ruton said that council members need training in […]

Popo sets the record straight



Editor: I feel I need to amend and clarify a Beacon story about the reorganization of the Walnut Township Schools Board of Education. Board members Carol King and Karen Keller both informed me that President Tom Cumbow did not make a motion a nomination for the vice-president position. In a moment, lacking focus on the discussion at hand, I clearly […]

VFW offers student art awards



Editor: The VFW Auxiliary is happy to offer The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. This is an art contest for students in grades 9, 10, 11,or 12. Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring VFW Auxiliary. Homeschooled students are eligible, foreign exchange students are not. Students can be no older than 18 years of age […]

Jack P. Holmes



A funeral service for Jack P. Holmes, 82, of Harbor Hills, was held January 17, 2017, at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, with Tim Mason officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Jack passed away January 13, 2017, at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born January 10, 1935, in Newark, to the late Archie and Evelyn (Clary) Holmes. He was […]


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