Lakewood to discuss student drug testing April 5

HEBRON – A new policy on student drug testing is in the works. Lakewood currently doesn’t drug test students. Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews reported at Tuesday night’s regular board meeting that the district’s Drug Testing Taskforce has been working hard. She and the district’s attorney have been reviewing some drafts. The public will have an opportunity to learn about the […]


Annual back-to-school tax holiday to be permanent

COLUMBUS-State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster), Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently announced the passage of Substitute Senate Bill 226, legislation sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Westerville). Sub. S.B. 226 creates an annual sales tax-exemption holiday over a three-day period in the month of August. The tax holiday applies to clothing, school supplies and instructional materials. The […]

George Anthony Annarino

A Funeral Mass for George Anthony Annarino, 82, of Newark, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, with Fr. David Sizemore as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. George, a lifelong parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, died at Licking Memorial Hospital following a […]

Raymond “Ray” Hieatt

Raymond “Ray” Hieatt, age 74 of Lancaster, March 18, 2018. He was born on May 25, 1943, in Corbin, Kentucky, to his late father, Herman Hieatt. Raymond was retired from Crown Zellerbach in Baltimore, and from Chuck’s Mower and Saw Shop in Lancaster. He enjoyed fishing and cutting fire wood. Raymond is survived by his wife, Linda (Kessler) Hieatt; daughter, […]

Milford “Gene” Horton

Milford “Gene” Horton, 81, of Buckeye Lake passed away at Licking Memorial Hospital on March 16, 2018. He was born in South Shore, Kentucky, on January 12, 1937, to the late James and Sarah (Wright) Horton. Gene proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, where he was an aircraft mechanic. Prior to retirement, he was a machinist […]

David Philip “Phil” Kilbarger

David Philip “Phil” Kilbarger, 59, of Pleasantville, passed away March 1, 2018, at his residence. He was born September 1, 1959, to Donald and Mary (Dusenbery) Kilbarger in Lancaster. He was a graduate of Fairfield Union High School. He worked on his family farm. He was a member of the Fairfield Union Young Farmers. Phil is survived by his mother, […]

Joseph F. Koczera

Service arrangements are pending at Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service for Joseph F. Koczera, age 92, of Thornville, who passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at his home.

Elnora Lee Orr

Elnora Lee Orr, 95, of Hebron, died March 18, 2018, at Chapel Grove in Heath, following a brief illness. Nora Lee was born September 18, 1922, in Princeton, Indiana, to the late Parvin and Ruth (Hildebrandt) Smith. Nora Lee was a member of the Hebron Christian Church for more than 60 years, serving as a Sunday School teacher, choir member […]

Rollin “Butch” E. Pullins

Rollin “Butch” E. Pullins, age 75 of Baltimore, passed away March 20, 2018, at his residence. He was born on January 13, 1943, in Pomeroy, to the late Raymond and Harriet (Bearhs) Pullins. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the US Air Force and was a retired forklift operator for Pleasure Craft Marine Engines. Rollin is survived by his […]