We’re almost there!



BUCKEYE LAKE – Close, but no cigar yet! Early Wednesday afternoon (March 22), the lake level was .2 of a foot below (just under 2 1/2 inches) below ODNR’s interim pool as measured by the gauge at the AMIL spillway in Buckeye Lake Village. See photo at right. 2.0 represents ODNR’s interim summer pool; 3.0 is supposed to represent the […]

$25.9 million more approved for dam work



COLUMBUS – State Senators Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) and Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) announced the state’s approval of a $25.9 million funding request by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to begin the second phase of construction on the Buckeye Lake dam. Balderson and Hottinger represent the communities surrounding Buckeye Lake in the Ohio Senate. The project’s second phase will involve the […]

A. Phillip Ardrey



A. Phillip Ardrey, 74, of Thornville, died March 20, 2017, at Fairfield Medical Center. He was born April 15, 1942, in Brownsville, the son of Stanley Raymond and Antoinette C. (Reiber) Ardrey. He was a member of Rushcreek Presbyterian Church. He was a 50 year member and past master of the Rushville Masonic Lodge 211 and a past president and […]

Mary Lou Frances Downey-Beiter



Mary Lou Frances Downey- Beiter, age 79 of Baltimore, died March 17, 2017. She was born September 13, 1937, in Cleveland, to the late Albert and Mary Morrow. Mary Lou was a member at Seton Parish Catholic Church and more recently at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. She was Secretary for the St. Mary of the Springs Alumnae […]

Judy Elaine (Welker) Colopy



Judy Elaine (Welker) Colopy, age 69, of Buckeye Lake, passed away on March 16, 2017, in Thornville. She was born on July 4, 1947, in Lancaster. Judy is survived by her partner in life and love, Luis Pabon; daughter, Deanne (Jamie) Kelly; and granddaughter, Kayla Kelly. She is preceded in death by her father, William Welker; mother, Juanita Sagraves; and […]

Edward C. Grover



Edward C. Grover, 86 of Harbor Hills and Melbourne, Florida, passed away March 13, 2017, in Melbourne, Florida, with his loving family by his side. He was born on August 14, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late Edward Walther and Elizabeth (Arnold) Grover. He married the love of his life, his wife of 62 years, Patricia, on […]

Dolores Mae Houk



Dolores Mae Houk, 84, formerly of Thornville passed away March 14, 2017, at the Silverado Memory Care in Austin, Texas. Born April 11, 1932, in Keyser, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruby Creasy Helmick. She was married for 64 years to Clarence Houk, who passed away February 10, 2016. Dolores graduated from Lincoln High […]

Sarah Kathleen “Katie” Kittle



Sarah Kathleen “Katie” Kittle, age 44 of Baltimore, died March 21, 2017. She was born on June 26, 1972, to her parents, Ralph and Reda Kittle. She was a 1994 graduate of Denison University where she was a member of Delta Gamma. Sarah will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her brother, Andy (Katie) […]

L. Grace Miller



L. Grace Miller, 104, of Thornville, died March 20, 2017, at Lanfair Center in Lancaster. Grace was born September 25, 1912, in Oakthorpe, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles W. and Hessie M. Woolard Thomas. Grace’s family and church were the most important part of her life. She worked at her mother’s store in Oakthorpe until she married Hurcel […]

Things to do…



Events Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. Wacky Woodcocks Off Trail Night Hike – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Cost: Nonmembers – $6; Members – $3. The American Woodcock, or timberdoodle, is a small, ground-dwelling, native shorebird found in eastern North America. Learn about the life history of this peculiar bird during a […]


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