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Licking County History
You have been seeing our Licking County flag accompanying these articles for a few weeks, so it is time to tell the story of how it came about. Marvella McCluskey, former Clerk for the County Board of Commissioners, explains how all the schools in the county were invited to join a contest in 1984 to design a flag. The emphasis was to be on our agricultural and industrial history.
 
The winner was Brandi McCluskey, a 5th grader at Utica Elementary. Brandi received a plaque and a promise that there would be three flags produced from the design. One would go to the Ohio State Fair, one to the Hartford Fair, and one would be given to her. Several years went by, however, before any flags were made from the design.
 
A few years later, Hope Jellison, an employee at the County Water Wastewater Office, put the first flag together by cutting and sewing from sail cloth. It was only used on special occasions. Several residents inquired about purchasing one, but it was thought the cost would be too prohibitive at that point.
 
Finally, in the late 1990’s, County officials once again tackled the idea of redesigning and adopting it officially as a county flag. The Commissioners contracted with A & D Advertising, a local firm well-known for artistic design, to work on the design. Christine Diebold of A & D met with the Commissioners over a period of several months to discuss symbols that best represent our county. They had an eye for what colors stand out as you look over the hills and valleys, and how to best represent the hard work and achievements of the people who have lived here throughout our history.
 
Diebold presented five draft designs during County Government Week, and Student Government representatives picked a winner – the one you see above. A small quantity of these were produced in 1998.
 
As part of the preparations for the Ohio Bicentennial Celebration (1803-2003), all of Ohio’s 88 counties were asked to make their flags available. Our flag proudly took its place with the other 87 on the Statehouse lawn in Columbus. Then the Licking County Bicentennial Commission, headed by the County Commissioners, adopted the flag again as a logo for the Bicentennial theme (1808-2008) of our county.
 
 
What is the symbolism on the flag? To quote from the Commissioner’s Office:
 
The flag of Licking County symbolizes the true meaning and roots of the heritage of Licking County. Proud of our Earthworks, the Octagon Mounds, built by the Hopewell Indians, are the earliest reflection of settlements in Licking County. The industrial cog in the center of the mound represents Licking County’s strong industrial base. The white outline of Licking County depicts the shape and size of the second largest county, by landmass, in the State of Ohio. The color green is a symbolic color representing agriculture, as is the grain, which represents the many farm families who make their homes in Licking County. The flowing stripes across the bottom are symbols of early transportation including the rivers and canals, the railroads and later major roadways opening the County to commerce.
 
 
 
 
The historic Licking County Bicentennial Quilt
(1808-2008) is now on permanent display in
the lobby of the Don Hill Administration Building
20 South Second Street Newark, Ohio
 
 
 


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