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Sales tax holiday this weekend (August 2 – 4)

COLUMBUS – Ohio now has a permanent sales tax holiday for back-to-school purchases on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August each year.  For 2019, the sales tax holiday will begin on Friday, August 2 at 12:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, August 4 at 11:59 p.m. During the sales tax holiday, the following items are exempt from sales […]

Former Buckeye Lake Police Chief Jimmy Hanzey indicted

By Charles Prince BUCKEYE LAKE – Former Buckeye Lake Police Chief James Hanzey was indicted July 18, by a Licking County Grand Jury on two counts of Unauthorized Use of Property ORC 2913.04(C). Hanzey was fired May 8, 2018, after five council members agreed that he should be removed from office after the five found he was insubordinate, acted inefficiently […]

Here’s everything you need to know about BLASST

By Charles Prince BUCKEYE LAKE – Just about everybody now knows that our traditional community-funded BLASST fireworks show returns at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Unfortunately, not as many people remember what community-funded means. As of Friday afternoon, only about 70 individuals and businesses have sent a donation to BLASST’s Buckeye Lake post office box (1524). About two dozen […]

BLASST’s past

(Editor’s Note: This year as BLASST returns after a three-year hiatus during the dam replacement project, we thought readers, old and new, might enjoy Victoria Wolfe’s front page story in 2000 on BLASST’s roots.) By Victoria Wolfe ORCHARD ISLAND – Who are Don and Dave Beck? Well, for starters, Don and his twin brother, Dave, are the Grand Marshals of […]

BLASST needs your help!

BUCKEYE LAKE – Please don’t wait for a BLASST donor letter this year! BLASST is rebuilding its donor mailing list this year after a three year fundraising hiatus due to the dam replacement project and the untimely death of its long-time volunteer mailing list coordinator Terry Dupler. Please help restart Buckeye Lake’s traditional fireworks show by mailing a check payable […]

New Lakewood bond request limited to new school

By Charles Prince HEBRON – Lakewood School Board members unanimously agreed Wednesday night to ask voters in November for just a new Pre K-5 school to replace the 105-year old Hebron Elementary School. Voters have twice rejected a $39.8 million bond levy that included funds for major repairs at the middle school in addition to a new Pre K – […]

Heavy rainstorm closes Deeds Road for 12 weeks

HEBRON – A very heavy rainstorm that stalled over central Union Township Tuesday night exposed a 15-foot wide metal culvert under Deeds Road. The raging Ramp Creek tore out a nearly 25-foot wide section of the township roadway. Licking County Engineer Jared Knerr told Union Township Trustee Charles Prince Wednesday morning that the culvert’s size makes it the county’s responsibility […]

Hebron selects new village administrator

HEBRON – Village Council members selected Reynoldsburg resident Steve DeBolt as the village’s new village administrator at their May 22 meeting. He replaces Ralph Wise who announced his resignation in February to accept a similar post with the Village of Gambier in Knox County. Mayor Mike McFarland administered the oath of office to DeBolt, following the council action. DeBolt started […]

Great season!

By Charles Prince AKRON – Lakewood Lady Lancers had a great season! Yes, their 4-2 loss Saturday afternoon in the Division II softball final to No. 3 Plain City Jonathan Alder was marked by long faces and some tears. But Ohio High School Athletic Association Senior Director of Communications Tim Stried said it best just before OHSAA Executive Director Jerry […]

Lakewood wins trip to state softball final Saturday

AKRON – It took two days, but No. 9 Lakewood Lady Lancers defeated No. 1 LaGrange Keystone 4- 3 Friday morning to move to the Division II state final game at 1 p.m. on Saturday  against Plain City Jonathan Alder. Three of the four state-semi final games scheduled for Thursday, May 30, at Akron Firestone Stadium were completed in spite […]

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