Candidates in their own words: Walnut Township Trustees



MILLERSPORT – The Beacon has surveyed lake-area candidates in most contested elections to help our readers make their decisions. Three candidates are seeking two positions on the Board of Township Trustees for Walnut Township. Candidates were asked to respond to two questions: 1. In 175 words or less, please explain what you believe are the two most important issues facing […]

Lakewood School Board candidates make their case



HEBRON – What a difference a week makes! Just one week after a standing room only, raucous school board meeting, more than 100 district residents, parents, teachers and staff members jammed Hebron’s American Legion hall for a nearly two-hour candidates’ night. The audience was attentive and quiet. The seven candidates, including incumbents Judy White and Tim Phillips, seeking three positions […]

James Ronald “Jim” Marshall



James Ronald “Jim” Marshall, age 76, of Baltimore, died October 11, 2017, at Pickering House. He was born March 8, 1941, in Logan, to the late Earl and Eileen (Wright) Marshall, the youngest of four children. At age 2, his family moved to Columbus, where his father was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad. In his early years, he attended […]

Kristopher Lee “Kris” Ray



A funeral service celebrating the life of Kristopher Lee “Kris” Ray, age 38, of Heath, was held October 18, 2017, at the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service. Kris was born on December 5, 1978, in Columbus, to Clarence “Lee” and Serina J. (Fox) Ray. He passed away at Licking Memorial Hospital on October 15, 2017. Kris was […]

Licking County traffic deaths increase



NEWARK – The Licking County Health Department’s (LCHD) Safe Communities Coalition reports seven traffic fatalities during the second quarter of 2017, July 1 to September 30, in Licking County. Of the seven fatal crashes, two involved motorcycles, three were due to speed, one was a pedestrian in a work zone, and one was due to following too closely. Compared to […]

Candidates in their own words: Lakewood School Board



HEBRON – Seven candidates are seeking three four-year terms on the Lakewood Schools Board of Education. We asked candidates to respond to the following three questions. 1. In 175 words or less, please explain whether you support the Lakewood School Board’s decision last fall to build a new football stadium and track before renovating/replacing Hebron Elementary School and why. How […]

One more week for election letters!



Letters from lake-area residents about candidates and issues on the November 7 ballot are welcome. However, due to our volume of letters, we are strictly enforcing our normally suggested 250-word limit for election letters. Election letters longer than 250 words WILL BE CUT! Letters must be ORIGINAL. Those addressed or copied to other publications or appearing there will not be […]

Wells wants to clean-up village



Dear Editor: I’m running for Mayor because we all deserve a better Buckeye Lake! We deserve a clean village free of run-down properties and abandoned cottages with unpaid taxes. It’s time to get tough on absentee property owners and irresponsible banks that don’t take care of their foreclosures. We’ve been told the village cannot afford to mail the certified letters. […]

Coach Dave: Houdeshell and White have a track record



Editor: It appears from the outside that Lakewood’s schools are in turmoil and we should not be surprised. In 2014 I was recommended by the District’s search committee to be hired as Head Football Coach. However, the night of the meeting in which I was to be hired, the homosexual lobby from Columbus unexpectedly filled the auditorium and overturned the […]

Voters asked to support LU-T facility improvement levy



Editor: Please join me in voting yes on Issue 16 for Liberty Union- Thurston Schools Permanent Improvement Levy. This is a 5 year, 3.5 mil property tax facility improvement levy relating to building permanent physical structures within the district and various upgrades to existing structures. State-of -the-art facilities and programs will give our children the best educational opportunities possible in […]


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