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February 13, 2015
Editorial: Pluses and Minuses
Newark Advocate

Plus: A beloved Newark entertainment landmark will soon enjoy a second lease on life thanks to the efforts of Brent and Agata Dewey. The couple purchased the Trout Club, 2250 Horns Hill Road, and have embarked upon more than a million dollars in renovation efforts. The 163-acre resort includes a golf course, restaurant, bar, lounge and pool. The target for reopening is currently Memorial Day weekend.

Plus: In Granville, another historic site is undergoing its own makeover. Work continues to freshen up the Granville Inn, now owned by Denison University. The 91-year-old institution is undergoing a $9 million restoration. Plans are for the Inn to be ready for a soft opening on April 1, when it would host a meeting of the Denison Board of Trustees.

Plus: The annual Mopar Super Cruise through downtown Heath has become a friction point between local leaders, residents and merchants, and the many thousands who line Ohio 79 to enjoy the passage of classic Mopar cars each August. Last year, the city narrowed the event’s route by a lane, citing safety concerns but angering many fans. A newly announced route will move the event away from the Ohio 79 median, fixing the event between Irvingwick Drive and KOA Campground in Buckeye Lake. This strikes us as a reasonable compromise, keeping the event and the revenue it brings to the area, but moving it away from the busy Southgate Plaza area.

Minus: Pataskala officials were caught off guard when it was announced a proposed ballot initiative could result in a pot farm being located on 35 acres of land on Mink Street, less than a five-minute drive from Licking Heights High School. Many things have to happen—chiefly voter approval of the measure—before this could come to pass, but having such an operation in close proximity to a school is certainly eyebrow raising. Securing the property, as Pataskala police Chief Bruce Brooks notes, would be a vital necessity, if this eventually becomes a reality.

Plus: We’re pleased to see close scrutiny is being given the dangerous intersection of U.S. 62 and Ohio 661. There have been 18 crashes there over a four-year period, 12 of those resulting from failure to yield. The Ohio Department of Transportation is currently engaged in a study of the intersection, which should be completed this spring.