Newark, Ohio Links Newsletter January 11, 2010

The directory has grown to about 675 links. I’m happy to say that MANY are updating and I’ve had to delete very few. Many businesses are also adding Facebook and Twitter . The most prominent feature added is the blog. Blogs allow interaction that has come to be expected from all websites. No longer are static, “Here we are and here’s our phone number”, websites going to cut it for the new decade.

It’s a good idea to check out the websites in categories that interest you. For example, Mount Drilling offers a tutorial on how to chlorinate your well. Mount drilling has been to my house before after I nearly electrocuted myself trying to adjust my well pump and fried a few parts. Great folks and always willing to educate. In my case he went so far as to zap himself showing me what I did wrong! After re-gathering composure, he assured me not to worry, that happens all of time. 🙂 There’s a reason why I went into the computer field.

Vensil-Orr and Chute Funeral Home updated their website and it’s very useful. None of us like to think about death and when it happens, some of us really don’t know how it should be dealt with. I can tell they’re having growing pains with the website, so check back often if some unique features are failing. The most useful piece I found was the “funeral etiquette” section, but the link is currently not working. I’ve never done anything wrong, but I was never sure that I was acting right either. There were tips like calling the funeral home to find out the dress code. Some people request things like “no black” and who wouldn’t want to comply with a grieving family’s request? Good information.

Sadly, C-TEC offers no news on their website about the current court loss to Claggett and Sons. This irks me because as a taxpayer I want to know what the future plans are for the situation. I don’t want to read a Newark Advocate Reporter’s interpretation of the story, I want to hear it from the school official who is actually dealing with the problem. We pay for their website to get information, but none is offered. I do wish the best for this fine school, but I need information to decide how to stand on future issues.

You can try This Week for another news source for Newark and Central Ohio. It is refreshing to have a quick-loading site with all of the features you would expect for a news website. The Advocate is still a primary source of ever-increasing up to the minute area news, but they’re killing me with all of the ads. They could at least do away with the popups!

The Licking County Sheriff has placed an easy inmate search button on their front page. Need to find your favorite inmate or find out if that crazy neighbor is still in the pokey? There you go. It is interesting to see what folks are in for. Child support, domestic violence, and DUI’s are prevalent. Sign of the times. Don’t let things drive you to these extremes. Keep you and yours out of jail and act right. If you don’t I noticed plenty of rapists and murderers listed that you can spend time with instead of your family and friends. Take your pick.

The Newark Ohio Links Forum is not doing well. This is my first attempt at a forum so I need to do some research about how to make one take off. Currently, the spammers seem to be the only ones interested in it. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

Until next time,

Mark Spearman

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